On Friday, before the Wolverines take on UMass Lowell in their first regular-season game, they will have a chance to reflect on one of the greatest seasons in Michigan basketball history.
They will do this by watching a Final Four banner be raised to the rafters of the Crisler Center (at 6:40 p.m., 20 minutes before tip off). And for a moment, undoubtedly, John Beilein will feel memories of last season come rushing back — the crushing loss to Indiana at home, Trey Burke’s impossible shot against Kansas, all of it.
But make no mistake — the reverie will last exactly one minute at the most, probably less.
“It’s 30 seconds, it’s a minute, it’s pretty cool and you reflect for a moment, and then you think, ‘what’s the next play?’” Beilein said during a press conference on Thursday.
“I know it’s going to be a great day. We’re also going to hand out the Final Four rings, as well. The Michigan version of them,” Beilein elaborated. “We’re excited about that and our kids should be exci