The Michigan Wolverines fell just a little short of winning the National Championship. While it would have been swell to hang the title banner in their rafters, the Wolverines have nothing to be ashamed of. They did their university and program proud as well as set the foundation for future Michigan successes.
That said, the biggest question going forward will be if they can continue their rise to prominence?
The immediate future of the program is cloudy. The Wolverines feature four players that all have the real possibility of turning pro. With the exception of Trey Burke, however, it is also a real possibility that as many as three of them are coming back. As eluded to here, many of those decisions rest with what their current draft stock is.
If the majority of them were to comeback, at least two of them, Michigan will be in a fine position to battle it out and likely make a spot in next year’s dance. The Wolverines even have a slew of other players who are definitely not going pro, but will be able to do an admirable job next season when their roles are increased.
John Beilein has already stated that he feels he has another good group of freshmen coming in next season. Even with the possible departure of their best players, Michigan won’t take a slew of steps backwards. It may take awhile to reach this level of success again, but it won’t take as long as it did this time around (since Fab Five era).
Michigan is going to be fine. The loss isn’t a deathblow to the program. Just making the title game helped catapult them back into the discussion as a national power. That alone should be enough for the Wolverines to continue to ride the momentum built this season through the next.
Not a bad time to be a Wolverines fan.