First, the bad news for any Michigan fans hoping for a March Madness miracle.

Mitch McGary didn’t even bring his uniform to Milwaukee for the first weekend of the NCAA tournament.

“(Assistant) Coach (Jeff) Meyer jokes with me,” McGary said. “He said, ‘You know what would be awesome? If you wore your uniform and did a Clark Kent impersonation.’ ”

Which seems only fitting because McGary played like a superhero last March, leading Michigan to the NCAA championship game.

But a back injury will keep him out of action at least for another weekend. He has resumed running and light jumping — which is enough to make the Michigan faithful start hoping for a miracle — but he is not allowed to do any superhero moves. Not yet.

So one of the best players in the country, not to mention one of the big reasons Michigan made the 2013 Final Four, will be reduced to a cheerleader.

“I’ve told the team: ‘Don’t take it for granted,’ ” McGary said.

Yes, that might be a cliché, but it doesn’t sound like one when McGary says it.

Not when a player is sitting on the bench with an injury. “I know it can be taken away from you any moment,” McGary said.

Don’t take it for granted.

That is Michigan’s mantra heading into its game tonight against Wofford, a No. 15 seed that received an automatic berth by winning the Southern Conference.

Is it possible for a No. 15 seed to beat a No. 2?

Heck yes, it can happen faster than you can say Florida Gulf Coast, which knocked off No. 2 Georgetown last year, as America fell in love with the wife of the coach at Florida Gulf Coast at the time — whoops, I mean, America fell in love with Florida Gulf Coast.

Since 1984, seven No. 15 seeds have beaten No. 2 seeds.

So it’s possible. But not probable here.

The Wolverines have too much skill and talent, even without McGary.

Wofford is a small, tenacious team that plays tight, in-your-face, man-to-man defense.

Michigan enters this tournament in an interesting position.

The Wolverines are coming off the high of a Big Ten championship, but they ended the season by losing to Michigan State in the Big Ten tournament final.

“It’s an interesting situation for a coach,” U-M assistant coach Bacari Alexander said. “Was it exhausting or is it relieving?”

Are the Wolverines mentally drained from the Big Ten tournament or will the magic of the NCAA tournament make the MSU loss disappear quickly?

My guess is the excitement of the NCAA tournament will make last Sunday seem a long time ago.

Or as Alexander put it so eloquently, in the NCAA tournament, “you tend to have amnesia from what you just came out of.”

Will last year’s run to the Final Four help this team? Yes, there’s no question.

“I think it helps a lot,” Nik Stauskas said. “Being there. Playing in front of 75,000. Having the media coverage and pressure on you. We have been there.”