The Michigan basketball team will come to the final
destination in its long trip next week, when the Wolverines play in
the NIT Final Four on Tuesday and Thursday at Madison Square Garden
in New York.

Madison Square Garden: 613 miles

Odometer

Record 21-11

Home 16-3

Road 3-7

Neutral 2-1

EXIT 11

Nonconference season

Michigan’s season had high hopes when it started 4-0
following a home win against North Carolina State. But a 20-point
loss at Vanderbilt and another defeat at home to Boston University
led to questions on whether the Wolverines could handle the Big
Ten.

EXIT 23

Big Ten season

With a conference record of 5-7, the Wolverines faced the
challenge of having to win five of their last six regular season
games to receive serious NCAA Tournament consideration. Michigan
led in all six games, but blew leads to Michigan State and Indiana
to finish 8-8 — tied for fifth in the league with
Northwestern.

EXIT 32

Tournament Play

A Big Ten quarterfinal loss to Illinois put Michigan in the NIT,
but the Wolverines shined during three postseason games at Crisler
Arena. In front of some of the loudest home crowds in recent
memory, Michigan beat Big XII foes Missouri and Oklahoma, then
downed Hawaii to advance to the NIT Semifinals.

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