Michigan never considered the CBI; Jordan Morgan likely to have surgery
The Michigan basketball team will not play in the College Basketball Invitational this season, and the decision seems to have come down from higher than Wolverines coach John Beilein.
On Monday, Beilein said his team wouldn’t have interest in playing in the third-tier postseason tournament, instead opting to go NCAA or bust in this week’s Big Ten tournament.
The next day, in his final press conference before the Big Ten tournament, Beilein explained why Michigan - 14-16 overall but 13-16 in the eyes of the selection committee due to a regular-season game against Division II Northern Michigan - won’t be going.
“The university made a decision we were going to try and qualify for the NCAA or NIT and I don’t know enough about the CBI to even comment on it,” Beilein said. “That was a goal, and I think it is a reasonable goal, the top 100 teams in America, go to the NCAA or NIT, that should be a goal.
“If we don’t get to there, then we gave it our best. We’ll revisit after we see the success of the CBI or of our season this year.”
The CBI is in its third season.
The National Invitation Tournament, a tradition-laden 32-team tournament that usually picks the next teams that didn’t make the NCAAs, no longer is required to take teams with .500 or better records but is now run by the NCAA.
So making the tournament is more difficult and unlikely for Michigan.
“I do know it is much more difficult to get in the NIT than it was years ago,” Beilein said. “Any BCS school that had a pretty good record was going to go but the NCAA selects it now, and there are a lot of good schools that have had better years than us.”
Jordan Morgan to have surgery Freshman forward Jordan Morgan, who has been redshirting this season, will likely have surgery to repair his left shoulder, which he injured in practice last week.
“We’re going to let it quiet down and do it as soon as we can,” Beilein said. “But it can be a four-month recovery.”
It’ll be the second major surgery in a year for Morgan, who had knee surgery before coming to Michigan this summer and required a four-to-six month recovery.
This and that Redshirt freshman Blake McLimans did not practice Tuesday while recovering from a sprained left ankle. Freshman walk-on Josh Bartelstein may or may not need surgery to fix his injured right ankle, Beilein said. ... Michigan will fly to Indianapolis following practice Wednesday. ... Due to injuries, Beilein said walk-on Eso Akunne and senior Anthony Wright, who stand 6-foot-3 and 6-foot-6 respectively, will simulate the 4 and 5 positions on the scout team.