You wouldn't have known that Michigan was a tired team heading into Sunday's Big Ten tournament championship game.
At points throughout the tournament, the Wolverines would show obvious signs of fatigue, to the point where they were on the brink of being out games. In spite of the understandable fatigue, the team found a way to fight through. It was that fight that almost single-handedly won the tournament for them. The never say die attitude will serve the team well as they prepare to traverse the NCAA Tournament set forth in front of them.
For U-M center Moritz Wagner, being tired wasn't an option. It didn't matter how many games the teams would play consecutively, all that matters is the heart that was displayed on the court.
"At some point it doesn't matter whether it's three games in three days or four games in four," Wagner said. "It's the heart. It's a mentality thing, it's mostly heart. We're just out there fighting and we probably made a lot of mistakes but that's not what it's all about. It's how you respond to them. Unbelievable, I can't even describe how I am with this group."
Wagner has experienced a lot of basketball at all levels. From being a successful player in Germany to experiencing a championship season with the Wolverines. Is this the most fun he's ever had playing basketball?
It just might be.
"I've won a championship before and that was a lot of fun but this was special," Wagner said. "For everything that has happened with these guys and the way that we've played."