The Michigan Wolverines are the best team in the Big Ten this year and quite the surprise for anyone who knows what kind of talent this team lost from a year ago. Taking on the No. 8 seed Illinois Fighting Illini in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament should have been a breeze for the 23-7 Wolverines, but it took just a few minutes for the Illini to put a serious scare in the Wolverines No. 1 seed hopes.
Michigan took a decent lead during points in the second half, even leading by double digits for a short period of time before the Fighting Illini woke up a bit, going on a serious late-game run that put them up three with under four minutes left.
The Illini had a chance to win the game and upset the top-seeded Wolverines, but Tracy Abrams missed a wide open bunny at the end.
What does this win mean for the No. 8 Wolverines? It means that a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament isn’t too far off and another win could even put them in the discussion as one of the four top seeds in the Big Dance.
Making it to the Big Ten title game would almost guarantee a No. 1 or No. 2 seed. In my opinion, the Wolverines will beat the winner of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Ohio State Buckeyes game relatively easily on Saturday and head to the conference title game.
No matter what happens in the title game, the Wolverines will become a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Why? Because they deserve it.
They are the best team in arguably the best conference in America. Case closed.
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