The Wolverines are starting to look like the team to beat after taking down Louisville and punching their ticket to the Sweet 16.
This is all the result of a team coming together after their team plane was forced to abort takeoff and wound up skidding off the runway, stopping just short of an oncoming ravine. Michigan wasn’t awful in the regular season by any means, finishing with a 24-11 record, but they’ve looked like a different animal ever since they entered the Big Ten Tournament. Wins against Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, and Wisconsin served as a mini-March Madness for the Wolverines and they carried that momentum into the dance by beating Oklahoma State in the first round and now Louisville this afternoon.
Michigan’s next test will have to wait, as a matchup between the Oregon Ducks and Rhode Island Rams will decide who the Wolverines play in the Sweet 16. Rhode Island would be the ideal opponent for Michigan but as of right now I think they can take whoever you throw at them.
Moe Wagner was absolutely dominant against Louisville and Derrick Walton played great in the final few minutes after struggling in the first half. But the biggest key to Michigan’s success so far has to be the submergence of DJ Wilson. He’s averaged 16.1 PPG during Michigan’s last six games and is helping Walton and Wagner lead this team. Wilson put the finishing touches on today’s win by burying all of his free throws, ending his afternoon with 17 points on 6-13 shooting.
Michigan’s road to the promised land may see them going face to face with the likes of Oregon, Kansas, North Carolina, or Kentucky but as long as they take it one game at a time they can and will pull this off.