2013 NCAA Tournament: Which Michigan Wolverine Will Step Up In Final Four?

By Trevor Lowry
Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines find themselves in the Final Four and they will play the No. 4 Syracuse Orange. In that game, they will also have the Player of the Year in Trey Burke–what a surprise–but who is going to step up for Michigan in this one?

Against No. 13 South Dakota State it was Glenn Robinson and Tim Hardaway Jr. Both players scored 21 points in a winning effort. Mitch McGary led the charge against the No. 5 VCU Rams, dropping 21 points and 14 rebounds. Burke also had 18 points and seven assists. In the Sweet 16 it was McGary and Burke once again, with both players combining for 48 points. Then finally in the dominant performance over the No. 3 Florida Gators, Nik Stauskas went on fire from behind the arc going 6-6 and scoring 22 points overall.

Clearly, Michigan has five players that can score 20 or more points at any given time. That is what makes guarding this team so hard. Burke will usually always have a good game–that comes with being the best player in college basketball–so teams tend to focus a lot of attention on him. Who do opposing teams focus on after that?

The Wolverines have five scorers on their team. Well, in the Final Four, Burke is going to come up like always and Stauskas will continue his hot shooting from the Elite Eight. Look for Hardaway Jr. to drain some threes as well and get to double digits in points. That is if Michigan goes towards the shooting route, which is exactly what will beat the Orange’s zone defense.


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