The Wolverines will take on Loyola-Chicago on Saturday. The Ramblers are the unquestioned Cinderella of March, coming out of the Missouri Valley Conference as a No. 11 seed to beat Miami, Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas State to become the lowest seed remaining. Loyola-Chicago needed last-second buckets to advance in its first three wins, then blew the doors off Kansas State on Saturday night.
This is Michigan’s eighth final four
The Wolverines previously made the Final Four in 2013, 1993, 1992, 1989, 1976, 1965 and 1964. They made the National Championship Game in all but the 1964 appearance, and won the national championship in 1989.
Here’s how the Wolverines have done in the past five years:
- 2017 — Lost in Sweet 16
- 2016 — Lost in first round
- 2015 — Didn’t make the tournament
- 2014 — Lost in Elite Eight
- 2013 — Made the National Championship Game
In 2013, Michigan got all the way to the National Championship Game
That 2013 Michigan team entered the season with all sorts of hype. With Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas and Mitch McGary, the Wolverines delivered. Michigan went 25-6 in the regular season and made it as high as No. 1 in the AP poll after debuting at No. 5. They delivered even more on that promise once the NCAA Tournament got underway.
Michigan eased past South Dakota State and VCU in the first two rounds, the first by 15 points and the second by 25. Then Kansas gave the Wolverines a real challenge in the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks had a 14-point lead on Michigan before Burke’s 30-footer capped a furious comeback to force overtime.
Michigan then beat Florida by 20 before squeezing by Syracuse by 5 points in the Final Four. The Wolverines put up a fight in the national championship before falling to Louisville. Of course, that championship has since been vacated due to Louisville’s scandal involving escorts and recruits. The 2013 title doesn’t go to Michigan, though. The NCAA record book no longer lists a champion for that season.