Michigan coach John Beilein says the Wolverines understand what it'll take for an NCAA tournament berth down in Indianapolis.

Michigan coach John Beilein says the Wolverines understand what it'll take for an NCAA tournament berth down in Indianapolis.

Michigan heads to the Big Ten Tournament in Indianapolis with a one game at a time mentality.

The Wolverines though, who open with a surging Northwestern team Thursday at noon, must make this a three game visit to basketball country if there's to be any hope of an NCAA tournament berth come Sunday evening.

"We're disappointed because we didn't finish as strongly as we wanted to during the season," Beilein said Tuesday. "It's a whole new season now, 0-0, let's go see what we can do."

A bad finish is right. 

The Wolverines ended the regular season losing six of the final nine, culminating in a defeat on senior night at Crisler Center at the hands of Iowa.

"We were really down after that loss," Beilein added. "We didn't play well, we didn't play smart, we didn't do a lot of things and so we're down and we watched the video yesterday, it made us feel even worse. 

"Now, we go out and practice we saw okay it's done, let's move forward."

Michigan will head down to Indy Wednesday after wrapping up practices in Ann Arbor, gearing up for the early tip at Banker's Life Fieldhouse, Beilein noting a noon start is much better than 9 p.m.

While the Wolverines fully understand just one win won't be enough to receive that NCAA tournament bid, Michigan is fully prepared to spend that 40 minutes against the Wildcats doing whatever is necessary to advance to Friday against league champion Indiana.

"Right now it's, go out and win the game," Beilein said. "Then you've got to find a way. You've seen some great, epic stories of teams. Connecticut won four and I think won the national championship and they were incredible. 

"You've just got to find ways to do that and win games, one day at a time. Whatever it takes. If you've got guys going 40 minutes a game, we've got to do it."

Admitting in years past when the Wolverines had an NCAA tournament berth locked up, success in the conference tournament was difficult to come by.

With their back against the wall and nothing to lose at this point, Michigan will be in Indy attempting to just win the whole darn thing.

"In the Big Ten, I think it's really been, while it's a great tournament, when you're in that NCAA tournament already, it is hard to go down there," Beilein said. "We value the regular season so much, and then you don't win it and you know you made the NCAA tournament. 

"It is tough and you've got to just keep your kids focused on trying to win it all. I think we've gone down there, played well the first game, second game we've lost a couple tight ones."

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