Originally posted on UM Hoops  |  Last updated 4/2/13
Michigan is headed to its first Final Four in 20 years and now sits two games away from its second National Championship in program history. With just three games of the tournament remaining, the national media focus is all on Michigan, Syracuse, Louisville and Wichita State. We rounded up a number of national media takes on Michigan’s run to the Final Four and what the Wolverines’ chances are to win the whole thing. John Gasaway calls Michigan’s appearance in the Final Four a “qualified surprise”: Michigan wasn’t expected to make it this far — Indiana was clearly superior to the Wolverines per-possession in Big Ten play — and so John Beilein’s team certainly merits inclusion under the “surprise” label. But I think the nature of that surprise has been misunderstood, starting with the fact other recent Final Four teams (namely, again, Butler and VCU in 2011) made it this far despite even longer odds. Start with the fact there was a good deal of attention paid to the Wolverines’ defense
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