On Saturday, Madison Square Garden hosted a unique doubleheader: two University of Michigan sports teams — Men’s Basketball and Ice Hockey — descended on the Big Apple for back-to-back matches against Penn State. The Wolverines took care of business on the hardwood and the ice, winning both games to the delight of their NYC area fans. The Players’ Tribune spent the day behind the scenes with both teams.
Photographs by Rob Tringali/The Players’ Tribune
The basketball team walks over to Madison Square Garden from its nearby hotel on the morning prior to the game.
John Beilein, head coach of Michigan hoops, brings the team together in the locker room before taking the floor.
Michigan cheerleaders pose for pre-game selfie.
Sophomore forward Kameron Chatman enjoys the New York spotlight.
Sophomore forward Aubrey Dawkins puts on his jersey before tipoff.
The starters huddle on the floor before tipoff.
Freshman forward D.J. Wilson shoots a three-pointer in the first half.
Coach Beilein and the Michigan bench rally the team.
Junior forward Mark Donnal pulls down a rebound.
The band brings the noise.
Sophomore guard Duncan Robinson cheers the crowd as the team seals the victory.
Junior guard Derrick Walton Jr. jokes with Mark Donnal after the win.
The bench celebrates a late-game score.
Madison Square Garden workers change the basketball court over to a hockey rink.