2018 Final Four: Michigan can’t stay with Villanova; Wolverines’ March ride worth every penny
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Michigan can’t stay with Villanova
Michigan basketball’s incredible run came to an end in the 2018 NCAA Championship Game on Monday night with the third-seeded Wolverines losing 79-62 to No. 1 seed Villanova in San Antonio. The Wolverines shooting struggles returned, but Villanova flat-out outplayed Michigan on both ends of the court for most of the game.
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Wolverines’ March ride worth every penny
Land of 10’s Sean Keeler shares what the Wolverines’ run to the final meant to Michigan coach John Beilein, the fans, the school and all of college sports. The standards that Beilein adheres to were the same ones his players upheld, win or lose: Unity. Passion. Appreciation. Diligence. Integrity.
John Beilein on Michigan’s run
After the game, Beilein credited Michigan team captains Moe Wagner, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Duncan Robinson with providing “incredible leadership,” which led to a Big Ten Tournament title and five more wins in the NCAA Tournament.
Big Ten’s national title drought hits 18 seasons
With Michigan’s loss to Villanova, the Big Ten’s national title drought is now at 18 seasons. Michigan State’s national championship in 2000 was the last time a Big Ten team won it all in men’s basketball. The Big Ten is 0-7 in the National Championship Game since then.
Paul Finebaum rants against Jim Harbaugh
ESPN’s Paul Finebaum took another shot at Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh Monday during his weekly morning appearance with The RoundTable on WJOX-FM, calling his hiring a “colossal failure” so far. Finebaum also repeated his suggestion that Harbaugh return to coach in the NFL, where he was much better, according to Finebaum.
3 things Wolverines need to do in April
Land of 10’s Kevin Goheen explains three things Harbaugh and the Wolverines need to accomplish in April, including the need to impress with the spring game, set up official visits and add to the commit list.
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