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The Wolverines' Wild Ride
April 16, 2013
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.
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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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