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Season over: Michigan fails to receive NIT bid

By missing both NCAA and NIT tourney bids, Michigan basketball's season is over.

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So close, yet so far away.

After both NCAA and NIT brackets were announced which left Michigan absent, the 2015 basketball season is over for the Wolverines. Michigan coach John Beilein has stated many times this season that his team would only accept an NIT bid and would not participate in the CBI or CIT tournaments.

He reiterated those thoughts after Michigan's second-round loss in the Big Ten Tournament on Friday:

"We would go to the NIT. We're not interested in any other tournament," Beilein told reporters on Friday. "It's an NCAA Tournament. It's one that I've fortunately been involved with several times. Two of our teams went to Madison Square Garden, one won the National Championship, won the NIT Championship, and Bob Huggins then took that same team and took them to the Final Four."

With the season now over, Michigan will end the 2015 season with a .500 record at 16-16.