The 11th-seeded Wolverines will travel Wednesday to Dayton, where they will take on fellow No. 11 seed Tulsa in a play-in game that would send them to the first round.
Unlike years past, they haven’t locked up a bid and starting playing for seeding, nor have they played themselves out of the running.
The two teams split their meetings in the regular season, with each winning on its home court.
Even though he’s missed 10 straight shots over the past two games, Walton’s confidence hasn’t wavered. Instead of letting his shooting slump permeate the rest of his game, he has found other ways to help Michigan win.
With the graduation of linebackers Joe Bolden, Desmond Morgan and James Ross, Michigan’s most experienced position group suddenly becomes its least.
Junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. was selected to the All-Big Ten Third team by Big Ten coaches as part of the conference’s annual season-end award show.
The Wolverines dropped the game, 71-61, and now face the possibility of missing the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.
Michigan coach John Beilein announced Tuesday morning that LeVert will focus on recovery for the rest of the season.
The Wolverines can take a big step toward locking up an NCAA Tournament bid with a win in Madison.
To secure a win on Wednesday, Michigan will have to hold in check the hero of last year’s game: senior guard Tre Demps.