Just two days after being voted No. 25 in the AP Poll, Michigan might have given voters reason to reconsider, losing 61-46 to South Carolina.
For the first time in a long time, it felt like the Wolverines had their swagger back.
Michigan's matchup with the Golden Eagles could provide the first true barometer of where Michigan stands.
The results of the race bring the Wolverines' run in the tournament, as well as their season, to an end.
Early in the half, there weren’t many defensive stops to go around, as both teams traded baskets for the first five minutes.
Derrick Walton Jr. inherited a program coming off a national championship berth. Things haven’t gone so smoothly in his time as point guard, but he hasn’t lost faith.
The doors to Crisler Center are set to open again, as the Wolverines will begin the 2016 season with an exhibition against Armstrong State on Friday night.
The stark reality is that Donnal is now the veteran piece of the puzzle that composes Michigan’s low-post presence.
Now coaching alongside the man he played against, Donlon’s respect for Beilein is evident.
The Wolverines’ captain had a stellar 2015-16 campaign, tallying 16 goals and 47 assists to finish second on the team in scoring.