ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan is going dancing after all.
Considered a bubble team heading into selection Sunday, U-M (22-12) was selected as an at-large team in the 2016 NCAA tournament today. Selected as an No. 11 seed, Michigan will take on No. 11 Tulsa (20-12) this Wednesday in the play-in game held in Dayton, Ohio. Tip-off is scheduled at 9:10 p.m. ET.
This marks the fifth time Michigan coach John Beilein has made the NCAA tournament in his nine seasons at U-M.
“I’m so happy for our guys that we have been elected to go into the NCAA Tournament again,” Beilein said moments after the announcement.
For the first time in U-M’s history, the Wolverines will participate in the play in game held annually at University of Dayton.
“You don’t have to ask the question, thrilled to be in any shape or form,” Beilein said. “Play in game is part of the NCAA Tournament. In fact I’m glad, we just played three games, we did a lot of good things. We don’t have five days, we just got to go play. Rest a little bit and go through some quick things that we can learn about Tulsa and ourselves – and play. And then play again. And then play again.”
A win against Tulsa would give U-M a potential matchup with No. 6 Notre Dame this Friday in Brooklyn, N.Y.
But first things first, Michigan must focus on Tulsa, who Beilein admits he knows nothing about.
“So it’s a great opportunity for us after a long challenging season to keep playing now in March.”