Michigan basketball technically won more games than any other team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. But coach John Beilein said the Wolverines will not claim credit for the title in the wake of Louisville having to vacate the 2013 championship.
“We didn’t win it all. We lost to a great team. If someone else wants to come and say ‘hey, you won it all, you’re the champion.’ We’ll take it,” Michigan’s coach told the Detroit Free Press. “But I’m not going to declare that. I’m declaring that we played our tail off that entire year and got every bit out of what was, remember, a really young team.”
Michigan fell to Louisville 82-76 in the National Championship Game on April 8, 2013, in Atlanta. This week, however, the NCAA announced all Louisville wins ― including the title game ― between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons will be vacated. The NCAA took the action because of a scandal involving then-graduate assistant Andre McGee, whom the NCAA found hired escorts for visiting basketball recruits during that time. Former coach Rick Pitino has denied knowing anything about McGee’s actions.
The Wolverines have not won a national title since 1989, but the program is on its way to an eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in Beilein’s 11 seasons.