After a week-long respite following its Big Ten Tournament championship, the Michigan men’s basketball team finally has its NCAA Tournament path.
The 3rd-seeded Wolverines will face No. 14 seed Montana on Thursday afternoon in Wichita, Kan. Michigan will be in the West Region, with Xavier and North Carolina as the two higher-seeded teams, respectively.
Big Ten Champion hats perched on their heads, music blaring, a group of Michigan players trot off the confetti-littered podium, toward the locker room, singing “Empire State of Mind” by Jay-Z at the top of their lungs.
Water bottles fly through the visitors’ locker room — dousing the Michigan players, coaches and staff — as Michigan coach John Beilein turns his congratulatory speech into a team-wide dance circle.