2013 NCAA Tournament: Michigan Wolverines Final Four Preview

By Trevor Lowry

After barely escaping the No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks in the Sweet 16, the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines completely dominated the No. 3 Florida Gators in the Final Four.

Not many teams could figure out Erik Murphy this year, but Michigan was one of the few holding him to zero points. The 20-point loss was easily the worst whooping Florida was handed the entire season.

Needless to say, point guard Trey Burke is amazing. Although Nik Stauskas stole the show in this one, with 22 points and a perfect 6-6 from behind the arc, Burke has been the MVP of this team the entire season. Burke also dished in the scoring department with 15 points.

What to Watch For

Well, clearly people need to watch Burke because he could very well be the best player in college basketball this season. Yeah, he is that good. However, look out for the Wolverines’ three-point shooting in general. If this team is draining from behind the arc, they cannot be beat.

The only problem is the fact that Michigan will be going up against the No. 4 Syracuse Orange, who are famous for their 2-3 zone. Syracuse has arguably been the best defensive team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but Michigan is a very tough cookie to figure out. Maybe not that tough, but it is really hard to deny every single player on this team when it comes to scoring the ball.

Michigan Wins If

It makes its threes. The Wolverines are so good when the shots are going down. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson will both have to show up in this game and Mitch McGary is going to have to be dominant in the post.

There are so many weapons on this Michigan team and if it can get hot, Syracuse is going to have a very tough time stopping it. Burke also has to continue being clutch, like he was in the Kansas game, where he scored 23 points after the first half.


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