Zak Irvin scored 13 and collected a career-high seven rebounds, and Derrick Walton Jr. set a career mark with nine assists.
Harbaugh wouldn’t say whether 49ers executives had come to him to let him know if his alma mater, the University of Michigan, reached out about bringing the coach to Ann Arbor.
The Wolverines (6-5) have lost four straight, including three at home, and only have one more non-conference game before Big Ten play starts.
Harbaugh said, “Again, I really don’t talk about any other job than the one I have, or talk about anybody else’s process.”
The Wolverines fell into a quick double-digit hole and struggled against Arizona’s defense all day, shooting 35 percent for their first three-game losing streak since 2010-11.
One columnist thinks that the Oakland Raiders (maybe soon L.A. Raiders?) are going to make a large play for Harbaugh in the coming weeks.
Jim Hackett, who as Michigan’s interim athletic director is in the process of finding a new coach, thanked Hoke and said the team and school owes him a debt of gratitude.
The tournament has been traditionally held at a rotating site, splitting time between Chicago’s United Center and Indianapolis’ Banker’s Life Fieldhouse
NJIT held the Wolverines’ comeback efforts at bay, sealing the win when Daquan Holiday corralled the ball with 4.3 seconds remaining and made two free throws.
In terms of wins and losses, Michigan steadily declined during Hoke’s tenure after going 11-2 in his first season.