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Michigan Basketball (26-7, 12-6) earned a 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play South Dakota State (25-9, 13-3) on Thursday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Jackrabbits are from the Summit League and are led by senior point guard Nate Wolters, who is the NCAA’s 4th leading scorer at 22.7 points per game.
South Dakota State likes to play a fast paced style which is good for Michigan. The Jackrabbits rank 36th nationally in points per game (73.9) and 25th in field goal percentage (47.0). Just how good is Nate Wolters? Consider his performance in the Summit League Championship game when he posted this stat line, 27 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals – a line that’s only been done three times previously in a conference tournament game since the turn of the century. He’s the real deal and the Wolverines will have their hands full defending him.
Looking ahead to the next round, if Michigan should prevail on Thursday they would face the winner of VCU and Akron, which means they’d most likely be playing against the Rams of VCU and their HAVOC style of play.
If Michigan can survive the first weekend and advance to the Sweet 16 they would play one of four teams; #1 seed Kansas, Western Kentucky, North Carolina or Villanova. A potential Great Eight opponent would be Georgetown or Florida.
Back to the South Dakota State match up, we will be hearing a lot about Trey Burke and Nate Wolters between now and Thursday and rightfully so. They are two tremendous players. Burke will go down as one of Michigan’s best players of all-time and Wolters is certainly the best player in Jackrabbits history.
For Burke, now is the time to establish his legacy and he can do that by guiding Michigan to a deep tournament run. The Wolverines have the guard play to match up and give any opposing team headaches. However, they must ratchet up the defensive intensity if they want it be a truly special tournament.
It will certainly be a breath of fresh air for the Wolverines to break free from the Big Ten schedule and spread their wings. Remember this is the same team that rolled through the non-conference portion of their schedule and beat NCAA Tournament teams; Kansas State, NC State, and Pittsburgh.
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Trey Burke picked up his first Player of the Year honor today, this one from Sports Illustrated.
Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke has been named Sports Illustrated’s men’s college basketball Player of the Year. The announcement is scheduled to appear in this week’s SI NCAA tournament preview issue.
Burke becomes Michigan’s first national player of the year since...
Trey Burke has become the first Michigan player in almost 50 years to be named the Sports Illustrated national player of the year.
The sophomore, who was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year earlier this month, joins Cazzie Russell (1966) as the only Wolverines to win the Sports Illustrated award. He joined Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Doug McDermott (Creighton), Kelly Olynyk...
The Cleveland Plain Dealer surveyed 20 players at the Big Ten Tournament who was the Big Ten’s best player in 2013. Trey Burke won the vote with 10.5 votes.
In a Plain Dealer poll of 20 players at the Big Ten Tournament, two players from every team except Northwestern and Iowa (sorry guys, didn’t get to you after those tough losses), Michigan’s Trey Burke received 10½ votes...
Michigan sophomore point guard Trey Burke on the communication defensively, inability to knock down open shots offensively, and looking forward to the NCAA tournament.
The internet was flooded with various previews, storylines and features about the upcoming NCAA tournament just hours after the brackets were released on Sunday evening. Trendy upset picks, overrated favorites and bracket projections are a fact of life in March and while there’s plenty of great material, at times it feels that the sheer volume is overwhelming. We scoured the internet...
Even over there Trey Burke Sucks!
I watched a ******** of basketball this weekend. It was quite impressive. Before I get into the bracket, here are a few thoughts on the conference tournaments:
*Trey Burke still sucks.
*Aaron Craft is way better and much more of a homosexual.
*A month or so ago, Iceman told everyone how awful Marshall Henderson from Ole Miss is. I didn'...
This college basketball season has been like few others in my lifetime.
There has been a constant carousel at the top of the rankings, and there has been no clear-cut, consensus favorite for best team or player in the country.
In a year like this, it’s easy for a bunch of teams and players to split the vote, opening the door for a team like Gonzaga to sit atop the polls entering...
Selection Sunday has arrived. And the Bracket is out. Let me give my initial four cursory thoughts on each grouping. Midwest: 1. ‘Ville got themselves an easy path to Final Four, but the BEast champs have to hurdle some tough matchups and good coaches (Eustachy / Haith / Ford / Crews / Pastner / Izzo / K). 2. Attendance for the Michigan State – Valparaiso matchup could be as...
Michigan’s so-called “revenge tour” turned out to be a rerun after the Wolverines lost to Wisconsin in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Tournament, 68-59. And while they will have to forget this loss quickly as attention turns collectively to the NCAA tournament, Michigan will have to address some season-long issues that were exposed once again against...
South Region Expert Picksphoto courtesy of big12sports.com
1. Kansas vs. 16. Western Kentucky – This isn’t 2008.
8. North Carolina vs. 9. Villanova – So much recruited talent for an 8-9 game it’s ridiculous.
5. VCU vs. 12. Akron – Havoc takes on a team without a point guard, advantage havoc.
4. Michigan vs. 13 South Dakota State – Nate Wolters is a one man...
Michigan's backcourt of Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. had their seasons cut short in the second round of the NCAA tournament one year ago. This time around the First Team All-Big Ten Selections intend to have a different approach.
Michigan players were available to discuss Michigan’s NCAA tournament draw on Sunday evening. Watch Trey Burke, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III discuss South Dakota State and more in the embedded media players below.
McGary and Robinson after the jump.
1) Michigan gets out on the fast break in the first half
Neither Michigan nor Wisconsin could get anything going on offense in the first half, but early on, at least Michigan seemed to have one recourse: its notoriously efficient fast-break attack. With Wisconsin missing pretty much everything, the Wolverines were free to get into run-out situations in which the Badgers only had...
Terry Vandrovec is the South Dakota State beat reporter for the Argus Leader and he agreed to answer a couple of questions about the Jackrabbits and Thursday’s upcoming NCAA tournament game. You can find his work at the paper, on his blog or on Twitter. Terry wouldn’t go as far as picking an upset but does think that the Jackrabbits have what it takes to give Michigan a fight...