After nearly five months of basketball, we’re now down to the Final Four, with Michigan the lone Big Ten representative. Needless to say, a national title for the Wolverines would provide a nice boost for the conference’s reputation, as banners carry more lasting relevance than computer ratings that have pegged the Big Ten as the nation’s best conference for three years running. Rightly or wrongly, postseason success trumps all else. With that in mind, what are Michigan’s chances Saturday night against Syracuse? KenPom projects the game as a virtual toss-up, with the Wolverines favored by a 67-66 score in 63
He won Big Ten Player of the Year. He led Michigan to its first Final Four since 1993. He was named the AP player of the year earlier this week. And on Friday, Trey Burke won the 2013 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award. Watch the replay of Friday morning’s press conference in this post and tune in for “Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition” at 7:30 p.m. ET to see our one-on-one interview with Burke. Previous winners of this award include Anthony Davis of Kentucky, the 2012 winner. Here’s the complete list of past winners.
Of the seven Big Ten teams selected for the NCAA tourney back on March 17, I didn’t think Michigan would be the last one standing. Not by a long shot. But, here are the Wolverines, heading to Atlanta for the school’s first Final Four since it made back-to-back runs in 1992 and 1993 behind the “Fab Five.” In some ways, though, Michigan’s run to college hoops Holy Grail shouldn’t be a shock. The similarities between this Michigan squad and the one that claimed the school’s last championship in 1988-89 are striking. To start with, many have referenced that ’88-89 season
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters. Watch Alexander’s speech at the 1:15 mark of the video above. Here’s what Alexander told the Wolverines after he placed the chip on their shoulders: “I tell you what, fellas, you got
On its way to its first Final Four since 1993, Michigan compiled plenty of highlights. From Mitch McGary’s swat of Aaron White to Trey Burke’s deep 3 to send Michigan to overtime against Kansas, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out some of his favorite moments along the Wolverines’ path to Atlanta. [ RELATED: Get your first look at the 2013 Final Four court ] Nik Stauskas hits sixth trey in as many attempts vs. Florida: Trey Burke drains deep 3 vs. Kansas: Trey Burke late steal, slam to drop Michigan State: Trey Burke fakes behind-the-back pass on transition layup vs. Michigan
A weekend that began with promise for the Big Ten ended amid more disappointment than joy. Many felt the nation’s best league had a chance for multiple teams in the Final Four—maybe even four. But in the end, Michigan was the lone survivor. In fact, the Wolverines and Ohio State were the only Big Ten team to make it to the Elite Eight. No. 1 Indiana and No. 3 Michigan State fell in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse and Duke, respectively. The Orange, for what it’s worth, advanced to the Final Four. Michigan is in the Final Four for the
With two-and-a-half minutes left against Kansas, Michigan was losing by 10, and its season looked done. From that point on, Michigan went on a 104-72 run over the rest of the weekend. Trey Burke’s heroics were followed up by the complete demolition of Florida, which had the unfortunate luck of drawing “December Michigan.” If you recall, this was the Wolverines team that wasn’t all that fond of missing shots. Back then, Nik Stauskas was hitting something like 60 percent of his three-point attempts. Against Florida, he made all six. But the real story over this Tournament has been the play
Michigan steamrolled Florida, 79-59, Sunday to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta. The Wolverines dominated from the start, scoring the game’s first 13 points, and never looked back. Nik Stauskas went 7-of-8 from the field, including 6-of-6 from distance, and scored a game-high 22 points to pace Michigan. View our photo gallery from Michigan’s win in this post. Below, find some of the best shots from today’s Final Four-clinching win.
Michigan raced to a 13-0 lead and led by as many as 24 points en route to dismantling Florida 79-59 on Sunday afternoon in the South Region final. With the convincing win, the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four in Atlanta. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Michigan’s big-time win in this post. Why Michigan won: You name an area of the game, and Michigan dominated it in the opening half. So, the game essentially was over at that point. Michigan scorched the nets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 51 percent of its shots
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida in the South Regional final Sunday. The Wolverines (30-7) scored the game’s first 13 points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year. Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Check out