AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Michigan point guard Trey Burke isn't just the team's best player; he's also the Big Ten player of the year and a finalist for the John Wooden Award, presented to the national player of the year.
South Dakota State point guard Nate Wolters has almost identical credentials, albeit in a lesser conference, the Summit League.
As a result, the matchup between Burke and Wolters is getting a lot of attention heading into Thursday's NCAA tournament game between fourth-seeded Wolverines and 13th-seeded Jackrabbits (7:15 p.m. EDT tip-off). And their coaches know it.
Burke and Wolters will be running the offense on one end of the floor and guarding one of the nation's best players on the other end.
"We're going to put Nate on Trey because Nate is a tremendous defender," Jackrabbits coach Scott Nagy said. "We're also going to rely on him to play 40 minutes and handle the basketball.
"He's a huge reason that this program is here right now, and we're going to let hi...