Badgers Draw 8 Seed; Team Plays Virginia Tech on Thursday

Caroline Beck
March 13, 2017

The Wolverines went 24-11 and enter the NCAA Tournament with a five-game winning streak.

"What I told them is, 'You're going to come back 20 years from now and that trophy is going to sit there and you're going to tell your grandkids about those five days and what happened".

Many say the Wolverines have three guys that should play in the National Basketball Association. Unlike in years past, the Spartans weren't exactly considered a lock, but this is the type of team that could surprise some people.

Going in, MI appeared to be safely in the tournament, even had they lost their opening game. "We don't want to run around like spring chickens or anything like that". Now, they can't seem to make anything.

The team's plane, which was headed to the Big Ten tournament in Washington, D.C., was attempting to take off in high winds at Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti, Michigan, about 15 miles from campus, the school said. It was more a matter of seeding and site for the Big Dance. The women's conference tournaments finished up almost a week ago for the most part so most of the teams in the field won't have played for almost two weeks.

"Now, it's like anything they were anxious about - playing well or trying to do this, trying to win a championship trying to win an NCAA tournament - it's kind of taken a back seat to the fact that they have their life", Hayes said.

"It's not going away just yet", MI coach John Beilein said about his team's rattling trip. But again, the NCAA has all the answers.

Eight-seeded MI capped off a four-day run with a 71-56 win over two-seed Wisconsin in Sunday's championship.

MI rescheduled a flight for early Thursday morning, and made it to the tournament with about two hours to go until game time. A smaller gym would provide a more intimate look with a better atmosphere.

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This season was one in which MI was an afterthought, both nationally and in conference play. Same for the boys the following week. The culprit in the dilemma is the NCAA, which won't allow some flex scheduling for its first round women's games. The Tigers won both meetings with Yale this season - and deserve to advance to the tourney - but another sweat will be required first.

The Badgers seek their second Big Ten title in three years. "We definitely knew that we owed them one today, so we tried to not only match that intensity but surpass it".

Gard was particularly impressed with his team's defensive effort as it limited Northwestern to 21 in the first half and 28 in the second.

Where: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.

Anniversary: I appreciated all the nice texts, calls and emails around this past Wednesday's 24th anniversary "Staudt on Sports" radio show. "We never lost faith in what we were doing, never lost hope".

"I'll be most happy for the players, though". Splash. Then, two minutes later, Robinson imitated Irvin by hitting an identical three. Rush is taking his cues from agent Leigh Steinberg.

Minnesota's first three-pointer proved to be a timely one. The 2017 Final Four will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on April 1 and 3 (Saturday, Monday).

Everything really came unglued for Wisconsin's offense at the beginning of the second half. CMU football coach John Bonamego is the guest speaker.

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