Can the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines Make the Elite Eight?

By Trevor Lowry
Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines looked scary against the No. 5 VCU Rams today. With that kind off performance, can the Wolverines make the Elite Eight?

Michigan has played two games in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and it has won by an average of 20 points. VCU was a very good team, but the Wolverines made the Rams look like just another mid-major team.

The Michigan offense has looked great in the two tournament games and the defense has not disappointed whatsoever, with the Wolverines giving up an average of 54.5 points per game.

Next up, Michigan will play the winner of the No. 8 North Carolina and No. 1 Kansas game. Although the Jayhawks will likely win that game, the contest is not over until it is over. Not to mention, those teams won’t even play until tomorrow.

As long as Michigan keeps up its offensive production and holds teams under 60 points, the Elite Eight is just the beginning.

Trey Burke has been one of the best players in college basketball all season long and he has been great so far in the tourney. However, it was Mitch McGary who stole the show today, putting up 21 points and 14 rebounds against the Rams. If McGary can keep playing the way he did today, the rest of the tournament field better watch out.

For being a No. 4 seed, Michigan is one heck of a team, but that is likely because it should have earned a better seed than that and the Wolverines have proved that so far. How does a team that was ranked in the top 10 for the entire season earn a No. 4 seed anyways? Yeah, beats me too.

The third round win for the Wolverines was one thing, but limiting VCU to just 53 points when the Rams put up 88 in the second round is very impressive. No matter who Michigan plays in the Sweet 16, the Wolverines have to feel pretty good about their chances on making it to the next round.


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