Can University of Michigan Make It Over the Hump?

Robert MacDonaldContributor IDecember 7, 2008

For the first time in a long time, I have to say I'm impressed with the Wolverines basketball team. A win over then-No. 4 (now No. 9) UCLA, a close game against the Maryland Terrapins, then a win over the No. 4 Duke Blue Devils. Things haven't looked this promising since the days of Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, and Jalen Rose.

John Beilein is looking like an early candidate for Big 10 coach of the year. With a few more wins over ranked teams and an appearance in the NCAA tournament, he might be in the discussion for National Coach of the Year honors.

It may be wishful thinking, but gone are the days of barely making the National Invitational Tournament. In DeShawn Sims, it appears we have a player who's capable of taking over against our toughest competition. Let's just hope that he stays around for his senior season.

With a (6-2) start, it surely can't be compared to an undefeated season. Comparing to last year, it's room for hope. It's generally thought that the Big 10 is a weaker conference, it's possible that Michigan could win it. Even so, finishing in the top two or three in the division would be great.

I'm sure people are going to say it's too early for me to be giving this kind of support for the Wolverines basketball team. With the way the football team performed this year, I have to be able to put my support in someone. Maybe the other WVU coach will be able to right his ship after one bad season.

It's been a long time coming for Michigan's Basketball team to make a turnaround.  Obviously they're not even ranked yet, but nobody can debate they're heading in the right direction. Only time will tell if this season is just a good start or the start of our future.