2021-22 Season

‘This is what we’re wired for’: Michigan gears up for season’s stretch run

Michigan’s whirlwind February, one that will feature nine grueling games and a now-infamous postgame melee, is at last drawing to a close. But the Wolverines’ postseason fate is anything but sealed. 

With four regular-season games left on the table, Michigan has an opportunity to put the finishing touches on a resumé that, while still flimsy, has improved in recent weeks. 

“This is what we’re wired for,” assistant coach Saddi Washington said Friday, two days before Michigan’s contest against No. 15 Illinois. “This is what you’ve prepared all summer, all spring, all fall and all year for, to be in position to win games late in the season and put yourself in position for postseason play.” 

Of the four remaining games, three present chances to secure coveted Quad-1 victories. The flipside to that equation, though, is that no game is an easy win, meaning that a string of losses is conceivable — and with that, a record sagging back towards .500.

Nonetheless, Washington remains optimistic. 

“It’s an ideal situation for the scenario that we’re in as it relates to finishing our season,” he said. “We know that we still have work to do as it relates to getting as many wins to put us in position to be in position, as we like to say. We have a high-level schedule and this is a league where there are no nights off.” 

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