Michigan fell flat on its face in its first game of the NCAA Tournament. After a season of growing and exceeding expectations, the Wolverines entered the post season as Co-Big Ten Champions. As a four seed, the Sweet 16 was the goal, instead they were bounced in the first round by Ohio.
While it is difficult to consider the season a failure based on this game, it does cast a dark shadow on the season. There were many positives to come out of the season. They were ranked in the Top 25 all season and earned their highest seed since 1998. Trey Burke earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors from the media and was named to the All Big Ten Second Team. Tim Hardaway Jr picked up where he left off last year and earned Third team honors.
There is hope for next season. Burke and Hardaway should be even better. Evan Smotrycz showed some signs of promise this season. Despite playing out of position, Jordan Morgan played his heart out. He might be the most excited to see the highly touted 6-10 Mitch McGary join the team next season. Another hopeful incoming freshman will be Glenn Robinson III.
Despite the promise of next season, there is still the disappointment of how this season ended. Why couldn’t Michigan get it done?