Monday, March 4, 2013
What kind of run will Michigan make in the NCAA Tournament?
Prior to non-conference play, I would have been willing to put money on the Wolverines reaching the Final Four this season.
After the loss to Penn State, I would have put money on Michigan to lose early in the NCAA Tournament.
Now, after a grind-it-out win over Michigan State, I am not sure what to think.
I still feel like Michigan is a team that has lost its swagger. The Wolverines still have too many players that seem lost and shy away from the big moment. Ultimately, if Michigan is going to make a deep tournament run, it needs someone other than Trey Burke to step up from time to time.
The NCAA Tournament is just a few weeks away, so there is plenty of time for Michigan to alter my perception of what it will do in the Big Dance.
Sometimes it is the team that is struggling prior to the tournament that pieces it all together at the right time to make a magical run.
Sometimes when a team struggles away from home, the high-pressure of a NCAA Tournament game can be too much for it to handle.
After losing Penn State, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Michigan be one of the big first round upsets in the NCAA Tournament.
However, the talent Michigan possesses is great enough that it can make a run to the national championship.
With the Big Ten title out of the equation (I don’t see Indiana losing at home to Ohio State), the determination of a successful season for Michigan all depends on postseason play.
What are your thoughts?
Just what will Michigan do in the NCAA Tournament?