- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Going into the NCAA tournament, I believed that Michigan had a difficult road to the Final Four, but I still picked them to get to Atlanta.
The Wolverines have looked very good so far. A pair of difficult mid-major opponents ended up losing in blowout city games. First it was Nate Wolters and South Dakota State, followed by VCU and Shaka Smart on Saturday.
Wow, are you serious? Two big Michigan wins by a total of 40 points? I thought the Wolverines could be on upset alert because of VCU's pressure defense known for creating havoc.
Well, my friends, Michigan built up a 15-point halftime lead and was up by as many as 31. The Rams put up 88 points in a laugher against Akron in their NCAA opener but were held to 53 Saturday.
Perhaps it helped Michigan playing at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Michigan is showing its true colors in the tournament. This is the team I saw play all season.
I've felt the Wolverine backcourt is the best in the nation, but it is a pair of guys up front who have dominated. Glenn Robinson III and Mitch McGary have put up incredible numbers over the first two games. McGary has hit 16-of-20 from the floor while Robinson is 15-of-19. McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, hitting 10-of-11 from the field against VCU.
Burke has 14 assists in two tourney games, distributing the rock well.
How well has Michigan played? It has shot over 50 percent in both games, impressive when you consider the shooting that has been going on at many other tournament venues.
Coach John Beilein has to be ecstatic with the way his team has started in the Big Dance. Next up is a showdown against Kansas or North Carolina, and that should be a great one.
For a few days, Michigan can celebrate great success.
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