Should the Wolverines advance in their portion of the bracket, they could square-off with a couple of their non-conference adversaries. A rematch with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is possible in round 3, while another head-to-head with the Miami Hurricanes could take place in the quarterfinals. To view the entire NIT bracket, click here.
Michigan's appearance in the 69th annual Invitational will mark the seventh time the Maize and Blue has played in the tournament, and the second time in the last three years. The Wolverines last appeared in the NIT in 2004 and won it all after defeating Rutgers 62-55 at Madison Square Garden. Prior to being made aware of their selection, Graham Brown and Daniel Horton explained the different emotions they have heading into the tournament this time around, but how they'll still cherish the opportunity.
"I think this one may be a little bit different in the fact that… I think we were a younger team at that point," Brown said. "We were satisfied at the possibility of making the NCAA tournament, but we were really satisfied with the NIT also…making any postseason. I think that was a year that we had our NCAA bans turned over so we could make the postseason, we were happy to be in any postseason. I think this year, we were really focused on trying to making the NCAA tournament and now that that's not working out, we're hopeful right now that we'll be able to get in the NIT, it will be a good situation and hopefully we'll get a couple games at home in that. So we're just hoping to get to play some more basketball and hopefully our season doesn't end like this."
"Any time you have a chance to wear a Michigan jersey, that means a lot to us," Horton continued. "I don't think other people see it that way because everybody views making the NCAA tournament as the end-all-be-all, but we feel like any time we have the chance to represent this school and this university out there on the basketball court we are going to do it to the best of our abilities and we're going to be happy doing it."