Michigan glad to end its 26-year Big Ten banner skid, says it now wants another one
ANN ARBOR -- Michigan didn't make too big a scene last night when it raised its 2011-12 co-Big Ten basketball championship banner.
There wasn't a laser-light show, there were no guest speakers and it wasn't heavily promoted.
But that doesn't mean it wasn't significant.
For the first time since 1986, the Wolverine basketball program now has a Big Ten title banner in the Crisler Center rafters -- and even though it was a shared title with Michigan State and Ohio State, the flag wasn't split into thirds, and it will forever serve as a feather in the cap of John Beilein and his program.
"It was a great feeling seeing it go up," Michigan junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. "You know all the hard work you had put in just to get it.
"And now, we have that mindset of going out here and saying 'we want to get another one.' "
The Wolverines gathered onto the court together roughly 15 minutes prior to tipoff against North Carolina State to watch the banner hoisting.
There were cheers from the crowd, and a few smiles on the faces of the team, but there were no exuberant displays of emotion.
When the banner went up, Michigan gathered as a group and headed back into the locker room.
Last season has been over for some time. And now, Michigan's looking for more banners.
And the Wolverines would prefer to not have to share them this time.
"That's big for us, I was happy when I saw the banner go up," Michigan point guard Trey Burke said. "I'll be able to say in 20 years that we won the Big Ten championship back in 2012.
"But we want to win another one. We still have work to do."