Is Michigan the Class of the Big Ten?

USA TODAY Sports-Greg Bartram

The Michigan Wolverines are becoming the class of the Big Ten. It has been a long time for the Wolverines, but it appears they’re finally heading in the right direction. John Beilein came to the Maize and Blue with the idea of making this a top-tier program. It took him a few years, but the former West Virginia Mountaineers coach seems to have things headed in the right direction in his fifth year on the job.

The Wolverines are lead by guard Trey Burke. He’s averaging 18 ppg and almost eight assists per game. He is arguably the best guard in the conference and powers the Wolverines. His backcourt mate Tim Hardaway, Jr. is pouring in 16.4 ppg. With a backcourt that strong, the Wolverines may be on their way to their first Final Four appearance in almost 20 years, when the Fab Five was dominating headlines across the land. Their only National Championship came in 1989 – there’s no telling what this year brings, but the Wolverines wouldn’t shock people if they made the championship game, or even won the whole thing.

I’m getting a bit ahead of myself, but this may finally be the year the Wolverines get back to being a basketball powerhouse. It has been a long time, but I’m sure the Michigan faithful are ready to see meaningful games again in March. With a team that’s loaded with talent and more on its way, be ready to see this squad on your pool sheets. It just seems right to see the Wolverines relevant again.

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