Each team has taken the floor for early warm-ups at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville before tipoff at 7:20. The Wolverines (24-9) haven’t lost their first game in the NCAA Tournament in coach John Beilein’s three trips during his tenure.
In interviews yesterday, the Ohio players were calm and not in awe of the event — or the opponent. The Bobcats feel like they can pull the upset, or maybe it isn’t even an upset, as they’re the champions of the Mid-American Conference but haven’t beaten a team of Michigan’s stature this season. Two years ago, Ohio, seeded No. 13, beat fourth-seeded Georgetown, but only a couple of players remain from that team. The players said that upset was two years ago and doesn’t have a bearing on this year’s tournament.