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The concern raised in the Observer's preseason feature last fall--that the basketball team had, perhaps, too much talent--proved groundless. Early last season, it became clear that coach John Beilein had his talent in sync. The Wolverines weren't just good and deep. They were often breathtakingly elegant--one good pass leading to an even better one.

Michigan rolled out to a best-ever 16-0 start and then struggled a bit in the incredibly difficult Big Ten, the best conference in the country. The Wolverines finished 12-6 in the conference, but it was certain, by season's end, that Beilein's team could play with anyone.

In the NCAA tournament they did, and the fans responded. Hours before the final was telecast at the Crisler Center, lines meandered past the football stadium and out onto Main Street. Not a single seat was empty as the Wolverines finally lost to a terrific Louisville team in a close battle.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway, the stars of that team, went in the first round of the NBA draft. Freshmen Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III might have gone early, too, but both chose to return this year.

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