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2013 Final Four: What A Difference A Year Can Make for the Michigan Wolverines

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Just a year ago, the Michigan Wolverines were booted out of the NCAA Tournament by No. 13 Ohio in the second round. The Wolverines may still be a No. 4 this year, but they have avenged last season’s early round exit in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

With Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. returning to Michigan this season, the expectations were high and the Wolverines started the season in the top five. It also helped that incoming freshmen Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III joined the team. Those three freshmen have played a huge role on this team and the Wolverines would not be in the Final Four without them.

With a year of experience under his belt, Burke became the best player in college basketball, which did wonders for this team.

Michigan has not been this good since the Fab Five took the court. Although that was likely and will likely always be one of the most well-known Michigan teams of all time, this year’s Wolverines are not doing too bad for themselves. Not to mention, other than Hardaway Jr. the starting five consists of three freshman and one sophomore.

Whether the case, the Wolverines were hurting last year, but two very important players came back to play another season and they are just one game away from the national championship now.

It takes a lot of heart and talent to do what Burke and Hardaway Jr. have done this year.

Although Chris Webber and the rest of the Fab Five never managed to win a championship, Burke and the rest of the Wolverines have a chance to achieve that feat for Michigan this season. However, it all starts in the Final Four against the No. 4 Syracuse Orange.


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