Step aside Michigan State and Ohio State the Michigan basketball team is joining you atop of the Big Ten Conference.
With the Wolverines (23-8, 13-5 Big Ten) 71-65 win over Penn State (12-19, 4-14 Big Ten) and the Buckeyes (25-6, 13-5 Big Ten) last second 72-70 win over the Spartans (24-7, 13-5 Big Ten) on Sunday the three teams all tied with the same Big Ten record giving them all a share of the title.
Now MSU did earn the No. 1 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament, with U of M getting the No. 2 seed and Ohio State getting the No. 3 seed, but Michigan fans will be quick to forget that fact when the banner goes up that says 2012 Big Ten Regular-Season Champions, the first since 1986.
“It’s really special to our guys, the staff and I know the University feels the same way,” said head coach John Beilein to umhoops.com
It was a weird feeling for Wolverine fans cheering for the Buckeyes and strange seeing the players watch the final six minutes when they arrived back in Ann Arbor from the game in University Park, Penn.
“It’s kind of surreal right now,” said senior guard Zack Novak to umhoops.com. “You know the saying ‘Those who stay (will be champions),’ I guess when you stick around long enough good things happen.”
But it has been memorable season for U of M and one it’ll never forget because it’ll have a reminder everyday hanging in Crisler Arena.
“It’s a will to win and it started last year at the end of the Big Ten season and has carried over,” said senior guard Stu Douglass to umhoops.com “The will to win and the culture change we’ve tried to establish here.”
The Wolverines season continues Friday at 6:30 p.m. when they take on the winner between No. 7 Northwestern and No. 10 Minnesota as they set their sights on a another banner to hang.