Michigan is in the middle of a great season. The Wolverines are ranked No. 3 nationally with a 13-1 record and own a lead in the B1G standings with an 8-1 mark in conference games.

But some of that momentum has been sidelined recently. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Michigan Athletic Department halted all team-related activities for all sports currently in action. It was a decision that kept the Wolverines from practicing and out of competition.

This week, Michigan’s basketball team is returning to the hardwood and is hoping to pick up where it left off.

“It was a great day,” head coach Juwan Howard said, according to The Detroit News. “It was great having our first official practice back in the building that we call home and that’s Crisler Center. We had a nice hour-and-a-half practice and I took a nice little nap when I got home.

“You’re playing and competing at a high level, doing well. Your team is off to a good start and then to have a pause like that, there’s a lot of doubts and questions that roll through your mind, and rightfully so. They had every right to feel the way they felt at times and thinking, ‘Why me?’ At the same time, I always remind them that you’ve got to control the controllable, and right here is out of our control.”

Michigan has had to postpone multiple games due to the pause, including this week’s Top 10 showdown with No. 6 Illlinois. The Wolverines are hopeful that those games will be able to be played during a rescheduled date.

The Wolverines are scheduled to be back in action on Sunday, Feb. 14 against No. 21 Wisconsin.