Michigan hosts Rutgers tonight (7:00 p.m., BTN) in a game that will be anything but normal. Phil Martelli will be Michigan’s acting head coach and the Wolverines will be without two rotation players (Moussa Diabate and Terrance Williams) due to their role in Sunday’s altercation at Wisconsin.
That means that Michigan is hosting one of the most important games of its season without its leader and two key rotation pieces against the same team it faced shorthanded to resume Big Ten play in early January. The Scarlet Knights arrive in Ann Arbor having rejuvenated their season after a mid-December COVID-19 pause and won’t particularly care who is sitting on the opposite bench.
They were 5-5 with bad losses to Lafayette, UMass and DePaul when they shut down for COVID-19 and are 11-5 since. Rutger s has played itself all the way back onto the bubble on Wednesday’s showdown isn’t a must-win for either program but it will have significant ramifications on both teams’ postseason outcomes. Because these teams already met once, we’re sticking with a what to watch for format for tonight’s preview.