Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
Printed 8: 27 p.m. ET March 14, 2021 | Up to date 9: 47 p.m. ET March 14, 2021
Tom Izzo’s streak lives on.
Michigan Bid basketball earned its 23rd consecutive NCAA tournament berth Sunday as the No. 11 seed in the East Space, but will face fellow No. 11 seed UCLA (17-9) in a First Four matchup Thursday in Indianapolis. The winner will face No. 6 seed Brigham Young (20-6) in the first spherical Saturday.
Michigan Bid captain Aaron Henry reacted to the announcement by tweeting: “Potentialities originate champions.”
“Cassius (Winston) old to articulate that,” Henry mentioned from Indianapolis on Sunday night. “We bought a bet to play basketball, we bought a bet to elevate championships.”
Here’s the lowest seed the Spartans hold bought in 33 previous NCAA Tournament appearances. Their previous lowest used to be a No. 10 three events (1975, 2002 and 2011). Michigan Bid misplaced its first-spherical game each and every of those years.
The tournament committee published Spartans werethe first of the closing four at-immense groups into the realm, followed by UCLA, Wichita Bid and Drake.
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Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart, chairman of the NCAA preference committee, “facetiously” hinted the panel paired the Spartans and Bruins in the First Four to generate passion.
“Neatly, I imply, I hold that we battle by our processes, and also that chances are high you’ll presumably also hold got groups which regularly is the closing four at-larges in the realm,” Barnhart mentioned. “And we labored our contrivance by that, and that’s part of how that direction of unfolds. We in actual fact scrubbed that — we battle by the direction of of seeding, and we scrubbed it a pair of events. And then we gain to a divulge, and the place it’s is the place it lands.
“Two groups that we’re extremely pleased to hold in the realm, and we thought it may maybe well perhaps be a heck of a approach to commence the tournament off. I articulate that facetiously. We’re wrathful to commence — two immense groups and immense applications with a entire bunch nationwide championships. And so that ought to be somewhat a pair of fun.”
With Duke no longer making the tournament, Izzo now holds the longest active NCAA streak for a coach in Division I.
One month in the past, making the NCAA Tournament gave the impression no longer going for the Spartans. After a 6-0 non-conference commence to the season that incorporated a elevate at Duke, they dropped to 4-9 in the Stout Ten with a Feb. 16 loss at Purdue, then four days later fell in the succor of by 13 points in the first half at Indiana.
Alternatively, Izzo reconfigured his lineup to mosey puny and the team rallied to victory over the Hoosiers. Izzo old that undersized look to shock No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Ohio Bid in three days. They followed that with a defeat of No. 2 Michigan in the conventional-season finale before losing to Maryland in the first spherical of the Stout Ten tournament.
Henry leads the Spartans at 15.3 points per game and adds 5.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.3 blocks. Junior forward Joey Hauser is tied with Henry for the rebounding lead at 5.7 and is 2nd at 9.7 points.
Izzo is 51-21 in the NCAA Tournament with eight Preferrred Four appearances, the most up-to-date in 2019, and the 2000 nationwide championship.
“We bought the chance,” senior captain Joshua Langford mentioned, “now let’s mosey originate the most traditional of the replace we hold.”