WASHINGTON — Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel spoke with reporters at Verizon Center just after 10 a.m. ET Thursday.
The Wolverines’ basketball team still had not arrived at Verizon Center at that point. Its plane landed at Dulles International Airport earlier, but the team was still en route. Michigan was scheduled to play Illinois at noon ET in the first game of the day at the 2017 Big Ten Tournament, but the game was pushed 20 minutes to 12:20 p.m.
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Michigan was supposed to arrive in Washington on Wednesday, but its plane went off the runway at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Mich., before takeoff. The Wolverines decided to fly Thursday morning instead.
In the video, Manuel discusses:
- Potential changes that could be made to the game time once Michigan’s team arrives
- Some of the logistics from Wednesday/Thursday
- Everyone on the plane was given the option to not fly to D.C. on Thursday, and who stayed behind
- What he expects from the Michigan players against Illinois