Conference: Big 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 2 seed in Midwest
Mitch McGary is a great basketball player. He showed that in last year’s NCAA tournament. Him going down was a huge loss to the Michigan Wolverines, but they have actually been very good the entire season.
Losing four games in their non-conference schedule was not ideal, but the Wolverines got back on track by winning their first eight games in the Big Ten.
Regardless, players like Nik Stauskas have stepped up in a big way and Michigan is talented enough to make the national championship for a second straight season.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Nik Stauskas (17.5 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Jordan Morgan (4.6 rpg)
Leading Passer: Nik Stauskas (3.3 apg)
Bad Losses: Charlotte
Good Wins: Wisconsin, Michigan State (twice)
Stauskas has been one of the best players in the country all season long and he is going to be one of the toughest players to guard in the dance. He is absolutely lethal from behind the arc and that 44.5 percent shooting from long-range proves that.
Other players are going to have to step up on Michigan if it is going to make a deep run, though. I am looking at you Glenn Robinson III. However, the play of Caris LeVert, Derrick Walton and others will be just as important.
Losing Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke was huge, but Michigan still has a very good basketball team. And yes, that is also the case with or without Mitch McGary. In this case, it is unfortunately without the preseason All-American.
The Michigan Wolverines are dancing!