Michigan had its swagger back on Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. The building was jam-packed with local fans, and the back-and-forth cheering was reminiscent of a March tournament game.
For all of the handwringing about how and why this game ended up as a Michigan “home” game, the event was a success. More importantly, Michigan won the game and bolstered its floundering NCAA Tournament résumé.
This was the 29th game that Michigan has won on a neutral floor with Zavier Simpson on the team — almost an entire season of neutral-court victories. The Wolverines excel in those situations, and a hard-fought neutral court win over one of the hottest teams in the country could be just what this group needs to regain its confidence.
Michigan started to look a bit more like the team, it knows it can be, even if it is still missing one of its top offensive weapons.