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March Madness and Michigan Basketball

Remaining Michigan Basketball Games This Season

The regular season for UM men’s basketball is winding down. There are only two remaining home games:

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7:00 PM vs. Wisconsin

Thursday, Mar. 5, 6:30 PM vs. Nebraska

But fans still have March Madness to look forward to. The Wolverines are projected as a number-five seed in many brackets, with Selection Sunday only a few weeks away. Michigan managed to climb in the Big Ten standings by winning seven of its last eight games. They still have four regular-season matches (two of which are away) to improve their projections.

History of the Wolverines at the NCAA Tournament

The Wolverines have appeared in the NCAA tournament 27 times throughout its history, making it to the Final Four seven times. They only hold one national championship title, from 1989 against Seton Hall. Their record was 30-7 overall that year, and 12-6 in the Big Ten. Their overall win-loss record at the NCAA tournament is 54-26. They’ve fared a bit better at the Big Ten Tournament, taking three championships in 1998, 2017, and 2018.

Michigan has qualified for the NCAA tournament for the last four consecutive years:

2016: number 11 seed

2017: number 7 seed

2018: number 3 seed

2019: number 2 seed

Their projected number 5 or number 6 seed this year wouldn’t be too far off from their performance in recent years.

Do Michigan Fans Have Something to Look Forward to at March Madness This Year?

With a dramatic season this year, making it to fourth in the nation and subsequently losing that ranking, the Wolverines seemed to disappoint fans in the leadup to the postseason. With their recent spate of victories, however, UM fans can get excited again.

According to Fansided, Wolverines fans have three reasons to look forward to March Madness:

  • Isaiah Livers – One of UM’s star players, Livers brings a big dose of much-needed energy that catapults the rest of the team and intimidates opponents. His performance will be key in the postseason.
  • A gap in the Big Ten – There’s no dominant force in the Big Ten as the regular season winds down – a gap which Michigan can fill if it exceeds expectations in the Big Ten tournament (which it has a tendency to do).
  • The Wolverines stepping up their tournament performance – Regular season play doesn’t translate to tournament play. Teams play harder and can even perform better when the stakes are higher.

With these three factors in mind, fans might just be in for an exciting UM postseason.

Rockstarz Limousine & Party Bus for March Madness

While the Wolverines may not be playing in Ann Arbor during the national tournament, there’s sure to be watch parties all over the city. Why not make a big event out of these parties by arriving in style with a group of friends? Call Rockstarz today to book your limo or party bus, so you can do March Madness the right way.

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