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Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Coach: John Beilein
Record: 30-7, 12-6 (Big Ten)
Region: South, No. 4 Seed
How They Got Here: Beat South Dakota State (13), 71-56; Beat VCU (5), 78-53; Beat Kansas (1), 87-85, OT; Beat Florida (3), 79-59
Season in Review
Michigan's seasons breaks cleanly into there parts: torrid start, mediocre middle, strong finish. The first part of that triptych saw John Beilein's Wolverines win their first 16 games (all non-conference) and eventually earn the program's first No. 1 AP ranking since 1992.
Against a loaded Big Ten, though, Michigan won just 13 of its 20 games (including the conference tournament) and suffered unsightly losses to rival Michigan State and bottom-feeder Penn State.
Despite looking young and fatigued in the regular season's latter half, the front-loaded Wolverines bounced back with arguably the most impressive tournament run of any Final Four team, knocking off VCU, Kansas and Florida in succession to reach Atlanta.
The Wolverines trailed by double digits late in the Kansas game, but rode the play of star point guard Trey Burke to a miraculous overtime win.
What They Do Well
In this era of defensive dominance, the Wolverines are that rare offensive juggernaut, and it starts with point guard Trey Burke.
The national Player of the Year frontrunner combines first-step quickness with unparalleled instincts to drive a Michigan offense that relies on its guardplay to create perimeter mismatches.
NBA progeny Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III form an uber-athletic wing combo, and freshman Nik Stauskas is as good a pure shooter as you'll find in the college game.
Add it up, and you have an offense that thrives in transition, plays composed half-court basketball, hits threes by the handful and does all of that without committing turnovers.
Where They're Weak
Freshman Mitch McGary is the team's only frontcourt player of note, and even he was considered something of a work in progress before breaking out in the NCAA tournament.
That's the natural consequence of playing what amounts to a four-guard starting lineup, and Michigan's 183rd ranked two-point field goal defense speaks to its noticeable lack of interior muscle.
The Wolverines also keep a pretty tight rotation, meaning Burke, Hardaway and Robinson III have to play heavy. When the shots aren't falling for those three, the Michigan offense is patently rudderless
Leading Scorer: Trey Burke (18.9 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Mitch McGary (6.1 rpg)
Assist Leader: Trey Burke (6.8 apg)