LeVert put the Wolverines up 55-54 and flexed his muscles in the direction of Villanova players.
“Winning that last game always means a lot,” Hoke said. “You want to be able to go back and say my senior year we beat Ohio.”
Zak Irvin scored 19 points and Caris LeVert added 18 to lead No. 19 Michigan to a 70-63 win over Oregon on Monday night.
Michigan (5-6, 3-4) needs a win just to be bowl eligible, in addition to momentarily quieting the talk about Hoke’s future.
Michigan interim athletic director Jim Hackett says he’s had a number of meetings with coach Brady Hoke, and he was mostly complimentary of how the coach has handled adversity this year.
“Games like this are what this rivalry’s built on, when one team’s kind of probably going to be a big underdog going in,” Jack Miller said.
Caris LeVert had 21 points and nine rebounds, and No. 24 Michigan scored 11 straight points late in the second half to hold off upset-minded Detroit 71-62 on Thursday night.
Hoke characterized the season as disappointing in terms of a lack of execution early but said he has seen significant growth as well.
Zak Irvin scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, and No. 24 Michigan rolled to a 77-53 victory over Bucknell on Monday night.
The NCAA revealed its schedule for upcoming Men’s Basketball Tournament dates and the locations for each round saying that the new arena will host First and Second Round games in 2018.