Men's Basketball

Derrick Walton Jr. will return next season as a senior starter, an essential component of most Sweet 16 teams.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget the impact that seniors and juniors have on college basketball.

The starters of the Michigan basketball team huddle just before the beginning of the game against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament in the Barclays Center in New York City, NY. Michigan lost 70-63.

For 20 minutes, on the big stage, under the bright lights, Michigan put on a show. But now, the lights are out, and the show is over.

Junior forward Zak Irvin attempts to dribble around an opponent in a game against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament at Barclays Center in New York City, NY. Michigan lost 70-63.

All of the active members of the roster will be returning next season — barring a player’s departure — and being through the tournament once before will pay dividends.

Freshman forward Moritz Wagner attempts to assist a ball into the basket in a game against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament at Barclays Center in New York City, NY. Michigan lost 70-63.

Wagner was called for a foul with 5:39 left in a tied game, shifting the momentum.

Sophomore guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman attempts to pass the ball in a game against Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament in the Barclays Center in New York City, NY. Michigan lost 70-63.

Michigan rode Walton’s energy, and that of the largely maize and blue crowd at Barclays Center, to an early 13-point lead midway through the first half

Per NCAA rules, players are not allowed to participate in filling out brackets, but many of the Wolverines’ players fondly remember testing out their bracketology skills before college.

Junior guard Andrew Dakich takes a shot during open practice at the Barclays Center.

Michigan juniors Zak Irvin, Andrew Dakich and Sean Lonergan will see many familiar faces on the court Friday, including V.J. Beachem, Demetrius Jackson, Austin Torres and Austin Burgett.

The Michigan men's basketball team warms up at the Barclays Center the day before its first-round matchup with Notre Dame.

Friday’s game will be the Wolverines’ fifth in nine days spanning three states.

Andrew Dakich drives to the rim against Tulsa in an NCAA Tournament game on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

Dakich played five minutes in the Wolverines’ NCAA Tournament victory over Tulsa on Wednesday, a statistic nobody would have predicted entering the season.

Zak Irvin hit the go-ahead 3-pointer in Michigan's win against Tulsa on Wednesday.

Irvin finished with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half, to lead Michigan to a win down the stretch.

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