Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. (10) reacts during the first half of Thursday's game against Illinois in the Big Ten Tournament in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Michigan had an unusual look for Thursday’s Big Ten Tournament game against Illinois.
The Wolverines wore practice jerseys for the game coming a day after a plane set to carry the team to Washington for the tournament slid off a runway during an aborted takeoff.
— Howard Fendrich (@HowardFendrich) March 9, 2017
Michigan team spokesman Kurt Svoboda said the team’s game uniforms are stuck on the abandoned plane from the accident.
It was a look more befitting a Midnight Madness-style event to start the year instead of a March tournament, but it didn’t matter to the Wolverines. During a halftime interview on ESPN, coach John Beilein said his team was playing “like we’re just blessed.”
“I mean, they’re playing like they’re not caring about anything else,” Beilein said, “they’re just playing the game that they love to forget about what happened.”
Michigan won 75-55.
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