2013 National Championship Game: Who Is Michigan Wolverines X-Factor?

By Trevor Lowry
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Normally, I would say that Trey Burke is always the x-factor for the Michigan Wolverines, but in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, there has been one player that has been great. He is none other than Mitch McGary and he will be the x-factor for Michigan in the 2013 National Championship Game against the Louisville Cardinals.

Burke is the best player entering this game, since he was the Player of the Year and all, but McGary is going to have to establish a post presence for the Wolverines to win tonight.

In five tournament games, McGary has averaged 16 points and 11.6 rebounds. This has been crucial in the tourney so far. Michigan is clearly a shooting team, so McGary adds that post play that this team needs. If the Wolverines are on from behind the arc or anywhere else on the court, then Michigan is going to win and a post presence likely will not matter as much.

However, if Michigan’s shooters are off, it can go to McGary in the post to get some offensive production. Not to mention, McGary has been a rebounding machine and has been one of the most effective players on both sides of the ball for the Wolverines in the Big Dance.

With that said, Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are going to have to be great tonight. Hardaway Jr.’s three-point shooting is a difference maker and Burke is one heck of a point guard that can play defense. McGary will be the x-factor tonight, but all three of these players are going to have to have good games if the Wolverines plan on winning the national championship.


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