And so he did, as did the rest of the Wolverines. Knight was philosophical, lauding the turnabout that earned his Hoosiers the third seed in the East Regional and faintly praising the Wolverines. "I don't think they play hard all the time," he said. "But if they play the way they did against us all the time, they have a chance in the tournament."
If history repeats, Michigan has more than a chance: The last three Big Ten teams that won back-to-back conference titles went on to win the NCAA tournament. "Is that right?" said Tarpley. "Then I guess we'll be next." Tarpley's mother might want to make her reservations to Dallas now.