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Getting to know the 2013 Final Four: Michigan

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This week, The Dagger takes a deeper look at each of the four schools participating in the 2013 Final Four. We continue with the South Region champion. Michigan
Location: Ann Arbor, Mich.
Enrollment: 43,426
Team Mascot: Wolverines
Must Follow on Twitter: Former Fab Five member and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose
Find them here: Official team site or Facebook

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How they got to Atlanta: d. No. 13 South Dakota State (71-56), d. No. 5 VCU (78-53), d. No. 1 Kansas (87-85 OT), d. No.3 Florida (79-59).

Greatest basketball moment: The 1989 team won the program's only NCAA title after head coach Bill Frieder left at the end of the regular season to take the Arizona State job. Interim coach Steve Fisher led the Wolverines to the the title beating Seton Hall 80-79 in overtime.

Reason to root for them: This isn't quite the early 1990s when five freshmen led the program to national title games, but it is the youngest roster in the tournament. Three freshmen and a sophomore are among the five leading scorers.

Reason to root against them: Unless you're a fan of a rival Big Ten school who can't stand the thought of anything good happening to the Wolverines, there really isn't one. This is a program that experienced a decade of frustration not long ago. After investing millions in the program, the Wolverines are back.
Famous alumni: James Earl Jones. Yes, the voice of Darth Vader is a Wolverine. Rival Ohio State fans probably think its fitting, Darth Vader being the villain and all.

Noteworthy: Michigan has beaten its four tournament opponents by an average of 15.5 points.

Best player: Guard Trey Burke. He's the primary playmaker on a team with a handful of them. When the game is on the line, the ball is in his hands. He hit the clutch 3-pointer against Kansas to send the game to overtime and Michigan won. Leads the team in scoring at 18.8 points per game.

Must see video: Michigan forward Chris Webber provided one of the iconic moments in NCAA tournament history when he called timeout in the waning moments of the national title game in 1993, costing the Wolverines a chance to win or tie the game. The play essentially ended the two-year run of the Fab Five.

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