Michigan was one of the hottest teams in the nation heading into the National Championship Game on Monday night, as the Wolverines had previously won 14 consecutive games. However, they ran into a buzzsaw, as Villanova cruised to a 79-62 victory to win the national title.
While the loss is a tough pill to shallow for Michigan players and fans alike, it doesn’t take away from the great season the Wolverines put together, especially in the second half of the year. From winning the Big Ten Tournament in New York City to making it to the National Championship in San Antonio, Michigan went on an incredible ride that won’t soon be forgotten.
After the loss to the Wildcats, Michigan senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman told ESPN that this Michigan team is a “brotherhood,” and that he was honored to be a member of the team.
“[In the locker room after the game], we were just expressing how close we were, and then how much we love each other,” Abdur-Rahkman said. “We’re a brotherhood. I mean, we’re always going to have that relationship for the rest of our lives. Being a part of this team is something special, and we proved a lot of people wrong.”
The game on Monday was Abdur-Rahkman’s final college game. Despite the loss, Abdur-Rahkman said that he was happy with how his final season went down.
“[The loss] was tough,” Abdur-Rahkman said. “I mean, you wouldn’t want to go out any other way, though, except with a championship. But I made it to the last game and that’s all you can really ask for. I’m just happy that [this season] happened.”
In addition, Abdur-Rahkman gave Villanova props for winning a national title.
“They’re so versatile as a team,” he said. “One through five, they can all knock down shots. Just everything, really, they’re just a great overall team on both ends of the floor and any time you play a team like that, it’s tough.”
In the loss on Monday, Abdur-Rahkman scored a team-high 23 points and shot 8 of 13 from the field in 34 minutes. In his senior season, he averaged 12.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting 43.1 percent from the field.