Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/8/13
Michigan played and excelled in the Big Ten, considered the toughest conference in college basketball this season. The Wolverines spent five weeks at No. 2 in the Associated Press poll and were ranked No. 1 the week of Jan. 28. Louisville will be favored in Monday night's national championship game at the Georgia Dome, but to say Michigan has no chance would be absolutely foolish. Michigan has the national player of the year in guard Trey Burke, who has matured and advanced during his sophomore season to the point that he is one of the most feared offensive threats in the nation. Burke is surrounded by young teammates, including freshman forward Mitch McGary, who has developed into a beast during postseason play. Coach John Beilein may be new to this stage but he has a proven record as a head coach, a winner everywhere he has gone. This is an opportunity for him and his program. And the Wolverines have shown the ability to handle a variety of styles in this tournament. Michigan n...
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