First official can it still be done thread of the morning.
Answer - Yes.
Death to backboards was a devastating blow. But remember "The Path." What was an absolute necessity was 3 out of the last five. Two wins brings them to 9-9 in conference. Any team with a .500 conference record in the Big Ten not named Penn State is a good bet to get in this tourney. Don't look at bracketology, there is still too much left to take place. One win at the Barn and M is a win against their arch rival away from making last night insignificant, or significant only in the sense that Michigan got robbed.
Big Ten will get six. Look at the standings right now. Notice Minnesota's 6-9 clip.
Michigan - 9-9 in conference. 20(or above) - 13 overall. They will sneak, and I do mean sneak, into the tournament. And yes, a first round NCAA loss is better than winning the Mythical NIT tourney.
Don't sleep on them yet.