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The Wolverines’ wild ride

By Michigan Today
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The Michigan Wolverines finished their heart-stopping 2012-13 season with an amazing rise to the NCAA finals against Louisville April 8. With a final score of Louisville 82, Michigan 76, this NCAA Tournament Championship game will be remembered as one of the most entertaining displays of athletic prowess in tournament history. It’s a fact made all the more poignant now that Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. have declared for the NBA draft.

The following photo galleries and stats come courtesy of Michigan Athletics and mgoblue.com.

Michigan's colors fly high at the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament championship game April 8, 2013. (Image: Eric Bronson,  Michigan Photography.)

Michigan’s colors fly high at the 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament championship game April 8, 2013. (Image: Eric Bronson, Michigan Photography.)

Photo Galleries

Crisler Center Gallery Men’s Basketball National Title Game

On-Campus Gallery Men’s Basketball National Title Game

AP Gallery Men’s Basketball vs. No. 2 Louisville

NCAA Final Gallery Men’s Basketball vs. No. 2 Louisville

Michigan by the Numbers

• Michigan finished the season with a 31-8 overall record. Its 31 wins match the most in a season since the 1992-93 season when the Wolverines went 31-5. It also marks the most wins in a season for John Beilein as a head coach. Previously, he led West Virginia to a 27-9 season in 2006-07.

• Michigan played in its first national championship game in 20 years and sixth all-time (1965, 1976, 1989, 1992, 1993, and 2013). The last time U-M appeared in the national semifinal was in 1993* in New Orleans, La., when the Wolverines finished as the national runner-up. The Wolverines are now 1-5 (1-3*) in national final appearances.

• The April 8 matchup marked the first meeting between Michigan and Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.• Head coach John Beilein is now 28-15 all-time in postseason play, including a 13-8 mark in the NCAA Division I Tournament and a 7-4 record at Michigan.

• Michigan is now 48-23 (41-19 sanctioned) all-time in NCAA Tournament history.• Michigan is now 4-6 (3-4*) against No. 1-seeded teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines also defeated No. 1 Kansas in overtime, 87-85, in the 2013 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.

• The April 8 attendance of 74,326 is an all-time NCAA Tournament championship game record, and the total Final Four attendance of 149,676 is also an all-time record.

• Michigan’s five true freshmen all saw time on the court together midway through the first half, constructing a 6-0 run to give U-M a nine-point lead.

• Michigan shot 52 percent (25-for-48) from the field, marking the 19th time this season the Wolverines have shot 50 percent or better.

• With his three assists, Trey Burke improved upon his sophomore and single-season record, which he set against VCU (236). He finished the season with 260 assists and dished out four or more in 29 of 32 games this season.

• With his 12 points, Tim Hardaway Jr. surpassed Juwan Howard (1,526, 1992-94) on Michigan’s all-time scoring list and finished the season 18th with 1,532 career points.

• With his 24 points, Trey Burke surpassed Robert Traylor* (1,210, 1996-98) on Michigan’s all-time scoring list and closed out the season 36th all-time with 1,231 career points. Burke scored in double figures in all but two games this season.

• Spike Albrecht had a career-best 17 points, all of which came in the first half, including a career-best six field goals (6-for-9) in a career-high 28 minutes. He went 4-for-4 from three-point range in the first half and finished the game 4-for-5. He more than doubled his previous personal best of seven points.

• Spike Albrecht made at least one three-point field goal in his last five straight games, including a career-best 4-for-5 effort in the final matchup with Louisville. He went 9-for-10 in the NCAA Tournament.

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