2013 Final Four: Five Reasons Why Michigan Wolverines Can Win National Championship
Five Reasons Why Michigan Wolverines Can Win National Championship
The Michigan Wolverines are in the Final Four for the first time since the days of the Fab Five. This group however, is looking to make their own history and sophomore point guard Trey Burke is keeping them right on pace to do so.
Michigan earned the No. 4 seed in the South Region, although the Wolverines were much more talented than that. We have seen what they are capable of thus far in this tournament, but there is still work to do and it starts on Saturday against Syracuse.
Michigan has advanced by the likes of South Dakota State, VCU, Kansas and Florida. The Wolverines have won three of those four games by double-digits ironically enough and are currently fresh off a rout of the Gators in the Elite 8.
In their Sweet 16 test against top seeded Kansas, the Wolverines appeared all but done late in the contest. However, Michigan persevered and got a late three from Burke to force overtime. The Wolverines eventually went on to win the game in the extra frame.
The Wolverines are playing like a team that can certainly cut down the nets on Monday, but they will need to continue to produce and hit shots like they have over the course of the past two weeks. With that being said, let's take a look at five key reasons as to why the Wolverines can call them champions here in 2013.
Follow Paul Seaver on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS
No. 5- John Beilein
Credit the work that Michigan head coach John Beilein has put in because it's finally paying off. Beilein has made some nice statements on the recruiting trail and this Wolverines squad is probably the most talented group he's ever coached.
No. 4- Guard Play
We know who Michigan's top player is, but there are more than enough weapons around Trey Burke. Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas are just a couple of the names that opponent's must locate at all times.
No. 3- Role Players
We can still consider Mitch McGary a role player even though he is turning into a superstar down low in this NCAA Tournament. McGary has been a rugged, tough, double-double machine and he'll need to keep that play up in the Final Four. The aforementioned Nik Stauskas had a monster game shooting the basketball in the Wolverines' rout of Florida and these are just two weapons that ultimately makes Michigan that much more dangerous.
No. 2- Shooting Ability
We saw on Sunday's Elite 8 contest against Florida that Michigan has the ability to score the basketball and ultimately shoot the lights out. Well, the Wolverines are going to need to hit shots if they hope to cut down the nets on Monday and that starts on Saturday against a Syracuse zone that is allowing a tournament record for least points allowed through the Elite 8.
No. 1- Trey Burke
Trey Burke won the Big Ten Player of the Year award this season and he very well could win the national player of the year award right alongside it. Burke is the catalyst and the fire power on this Wolverines team, so if Michigan is win it all here in 2013, Burke is going to be the one to lead them there.