Men's Basketball

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren made the decision to cancel the men's basketball tournament on Thursday.

When a wave of uncertainty about the severity of the spread of the virus reached his ears, Warren made the decision and called Michigan and Rutgers’ athletic directors Warde Manuel and Patrick Hobbs that their 12 o’clock game would not commence.

From there, the athletic directors told the head coaches, who then gave their team the news.

An empty Bankers Life Fieldhouse before the Big Ten Tournament was canceled on Thursday.

INDIANAPOLIS – The Big Ten conference announced today that it will cancel the remainder of the conference tournament in Indianapolis amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus; the tournament will not resume at a later date. The fate of the NCAA Tournament and selection thereto remains unclear.

Former Michigan coach John Beilein speaks to reporters in the locker room.

Reporters will not be allowed to enter team locker rooms following games at this week’s Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis, according to a statement from the Big Ten Conference. The statement, released Wednesday afternoon, confirmed that the tournament will “continue to be held as scheduled,” though postgame media availabilities will be held in a larger space in an attempt to avoid the close confines of locker rooms.

The tournament, however, will go on as planned with fans in attendance.

Freshman forward Franz Wagner found himself in foul trouble against Maryland, disrupting Michigan's gameplan.

During Michigan’s loss to Maryland on Sunday, Franz Wagner was whistled for his second foul just eight minutes into the first half.

Juwan Howard hopes the adversity the Michigan men's basketball team faced earlier this season pays dividends in the postseason.

Juwan Howard’s first regular season as the Michigan men’s basketball coach featured no shortage of adversity.


So when the final buzzer sounded, it signaled a 83-70 dismantling of Michigan (19-12 overall,10-10 Big Ten). The Terrapins’ (24-7, 14-6) combination of outside shooting, offensive fluidity and dislodging of the Wolverines’ defense sealed the deal in the regular season finale.

Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg is trying to build the Cornhuskers in the same way he did Iowa State.

Reviving Nebraska basketball is in Fred Hoiberg’s blood. He’s more than up for the challenge.

Jon Teske scored 12 points with five rebounds against Nebraska.

Teske and Simpson both spoke Thursday of the importance the coming weeks hold. All the emotions underscored the point. For Michigan’s two seniors, this is all ending as soon as they let it.


And on Thursday, when Michigan cruised past Nebraska for a second time, 82-58, it got to see just how far things have come in the last five weeks. The Wolverines are safely projected to be in the NCAA Tournament — those worries having been eradicated by going 8-3 since that day in January. Without Simpson, they cobbled together a win at Nebraska, and with him, on his Senior Day, they dispatched of the Cornhuskers with the senior guard directing traffic.

Senior guard Zavier Simpson will be honored at Senior Day on Thursday.

Since that March, when Simpson turned himself into the avatar of a Michigan team that won 14 straight games, blowing through the Big Ten Tournament and the NCAA West Regional, he has been the unquestioned leader of the program. On Thursday, he’ll play his last game at Crisler Center and be honored at Senior Night.

He doesn’t think he’ll cry. His dad, Quincey, probably will, he said.