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I hate to throw you a curve ball right away.
Even though Michigan ended up being ranked No. 10 in the AP, at the end of the regular season, the selection committee didn’t think so highly of the Wolverines. They gave them a No. 4 seed and put them in what started as arguably the toughest region with Kansas, Georgetown and Florida seeded in front of them.
The citizens of Dunk City took care of the Hoyas. All the Wolverines had to do (can you sense the sarcasm?) was beat the Jayhawks and Gators.
And that’s exactly what they did to get to the Final Four.
Sure, Michigan is led by national player of the year contender Trey Burke. And they may have the most talented perimeter unit in the country.
But, before March Madness, the Wolverines were only 4-5 against Top 25 teams and didn’t exactly have a game-finisher's reputation. That’s what makes their come-from-behind Sweet 16 win over No. 1 seed Kansas all the more unlikely.
Now, Michigan will face Syracuse in the national semifinals.
It was a toss-up of whether to put the Orange or the Wolverines as the No. 10 team on this list.
Syracuse's defensive orientation makes its journey to the Final Four slightly more expected.