Michigan's Best Team Since the Fab Five

Meet the New-Look Wolverines

11/28/12 in NCAABB   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Blog Photo - Michigan's Best Team Since the Fab FiveThere’s no doubt that the aura around Michigan Basketball has changed greatly since John Beilein took over as coach.  He’s lead the team to three NCAA tournament births in his five seasons and a 2-3 tournament record that’s included close losses to Blake Griffin’s Oklahoma team and a 1-seeded Duke team behind Kyrie Irving and Kyle Singler.  But in his sixth season in Ann Arbor, Beilein has now compiled the type of roster that can really make a run at a National Title.
Let’s get to know them a little better:
The Stars
Michigan’s three best overall players – all potential first round picks this following summer – have all been terrific so far this season.  Tim Hardaway Jr. is leading the team in scoring with 17.8 points per game and has also really increased his efficiency so far in his Junior season.  After shooting 42% in his first two years as a Wolverine, Hardaway is currently shooting 56% from the field and all around, he’s become a far more complete player.  Freshman forward Glenn Robinson III – yes, another son of a former NBA player – has also shot the ball efficiently with a field goal percentage of 55%.  He plays the game with the poise of a Senior and his 7.5 rebounds per game lead the team. 
Then there’s court general Trey Burke.
This past summer, Michigan fans feared they were losing their starting point guard for the second straight season.  After Darius Morris left for the NBA in 2011, it looked pretty clear at times that Burke was going to bow out of his career early as well.  But his decision to stay is what makes the Wolverines the title contender they are this season.  Burke’s not only one of the nation’s best set-up men, but he’s a great scorer as well.  He’s second on the team in points with 16.7 per game and his 7.5 assists per game are best amongst players throughout all the major conferences.  With a better supporting cast around him, Burke is a prime first-team All American candidate.
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