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Michigan Men's Basketball

Men's Basketball

Wolverines left out of NIT field, ending season

BY LEV FACHER

After a 16-16 finish, the Wolverines failed to secure an NIT bid Sunday night, getting beaten out for at-large bids by teams like Alabama, George Washington and Arizona State.

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Breaking down Michigan's NIT chances

BY JAKE LOURIM

The Wolverines fell out of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday but left the door open for a possible NIT berth when the bracket is announced at 8:30 Sunday night.

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Daniel Feldman: Michigan not ready for 'transitional season' to end

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BY DANIEL FELDMAN

One of those brighter days could be Sunday, if the Wolverines get an NIT bid. They think they’re good enough. The only question left is whether the selection committee will give them a chance to show it.

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Wisconsin holds off strong upset bid from Michigan

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BY MAX BULTMAN

Led by a dominant performance inside by Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker, Wisconsin pulled away late to beat the Wolverines, 71-60, eliminating Michigan from the Big Ten Tournament.

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Young players grow up in fresh start at Big Ten Tournament

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BY DANIEL FELDMAN

“I gave the guys an acronym to kind of concentrate on today,” said Michigan assistant coach Bacari Alexander. “And it was ‘payback.’ Each letter meant something.”

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With nothing to lose, Wolverines prepare for top-seeded Wisconsin

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BY MAX BULTMAN

The Badgers have only NCAA Tournament seeding position on the line, and with their smart, veteran lineup, they’re a safe bet to be steady on the big stage at the United Center.

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Michigan rolls past Illinois in Big Ten Tournament opener

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BY JAKE LOURIM

The rubber match was Thursday at the United Center in the Big Ten Tournament, and Michigan didn’t look scared one bit in a 73-55 rout of Illinois.

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Michigan set to face Illinois in Big Ten Tournament opener

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BY LEV FACHER

Michigan, the No. 9 seed in the tournament, is a slight underdog against the eighth-seeded Fighting Illini (9-9, 19-12). The winner, regardless, has little reason for broader optimism, as top-seeded Wisconsin has the luxury of resting and waiting to take on the second-round survivor on Friday.

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Notebook: Michigan resting up to go all-in at Big Ten Tournament

James Coller/Daily

BY JAKE LOURIM

The team had a “very short” workout Sunday and another short workout with just the young players Monday. John Beilein said they would go two hours Tuesday and another hour Wednesday before they leave.

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Beilein, Bielfeldt decline to close door on a fifth year for "Moose"

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BY LEV FACHER

Bielfeldt, like Beilein, was noncommittal when pressed as to whether he believed playing out the remainder of his eligibility in Ann Arbor was an option.

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