It's a Travesty to See the Michigan Wolverines As a No. 4 Seed

By Mike Atkinson
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines enter the NCAA Tournament as a four seed.

Once upon a time, in 2013, the Michigan Wolverines were ranked number one in the country. It took 16 games for the Wolverines to get their first loss of the college basketball season against the Ohio State Buckeyes, and even that loss was only by three points on the road.

The Wolverines finished 2013 with only seven losses. Six of those losses came in conference. Of those six losses, five came from ranked teams.

The Wolverines only lost to No. 15 Ohio State, the No. 3 Indiana Hoosiers (the first time, number two Indiana the second time), the No. 8 Michigan State Spartans, the Wisconsin Badgers twice (who are a five seed in the NCAA Tournament) and the Penn State Nittany Lions.

Out of all of those losses, only Penn State is really a bad loss.

Michigan is stacked in terms of talent, with Trey Burke averaging 19.2 points per game and 6.7 assists per game, while Tim Hardaway Jr. is averaging 14.8 points per game.

There is no excuse for Michigan to only have a four seed. Michigan should have been ranked higher than a four seed. With the way the basketball season has played out, the spots at the top of the tournament could have gone to anyone.

Sure, the team has seven losses, but every loss was against really strong teams aside from PSU.

Michigan also beat four ranked teams during the season. Michigan had very important wins against the No. 18 NC State Wolfpack, the No. 9 Minnesota Gophers, the No. 10 Buckeyes and the No. 9 Spartans.

The team has been consistent under pressure and one would have to think that some of the higher seeded teams would have had more losses had they played in a conference as tough as the Big Ten (ahem. No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs).

The Michigan Wolverines should have been a higher seed than a four seed.

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