Heading into the NCAA Tournament, Michigan is one of the hottest teams in college basketball. The Wolverines have won nine straight games and are coming off a win over Purdue in the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday.
Although Purdue, Michigan State and even Ohio State were expected to win the Big Ten Tournament going into it, Michigan defied the odds and proved that it is a force to be reckoned with, especially on the defensive end of the floor. In fact, Michigan has been so good of late, CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg said that the Wolverines could “win it all” on Saturday.
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“My biggest [surprise] is Michigan because they were playing extremely well, but I thought Michigan State or Purdue would be able to handle them in the Big Ten Tournament, but it didn’t happen. Defensively, this team has gone to another level. I think it’s the best defensive team [coach] John Beilein has had since he’s been at Michigan, and we know what they can do offensively, inside and outside, very versatile. Nine straight wins, very, very dangerous team. One of about 20 I believe can win it all.”
En route to winning the Big Ten Championship, Michigan defeated Iowa, Nebraska, Michigan State and Purdue.
As Kellogg mentioned, Michigan’s defense was key to its success in the tournament, as the Wolverines only allowed an average of 64.7 points per game. Offensively, Michigan averaged 76 points per game.
Michigan will find out its NCAA Tournament seeding and region on Sunday.