2013 March Madness: #4 Michigan vs #13 South Dakota St.

Trey+Burke+Michigan+2013#4 Michigan (26-7) vs. #13 South Dakota State (25-9) will have two players who will be playing in the NBA next season, Michigan’s Trey Burke and South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters.

Michigan coach Jim Beilein has yet to have the same postseason success as he had while coaching West Virginia. This team is the most talented roster he’s had since he moved his talents to Ann Arbor.

Can the Summit League’s SDSU compete with the big boys?

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It’s been many years since the Michigan Wolverines made noise in the NCAA Tournament. When they hired Beilein, they hoped he could use his past postseason magic to get Wolverines past the Sweet Sixteen. This could be the year.

Burke is not the only scorer on the team. Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas could all lead the team in scoring on any given day. Having four scoring threats frees up at least one player to get an open shot each time down the floor. Since they rarely turn the ball over, Michigan gets a lot of shot opportunities.

The South Dakota State Jackrabbits was the best team in the Summit League. Sadly, they were so much better than my alma mater, the IPFW Mastodons. Nate Wolters is most of their offense, but Jordan Dykstra does help him out…a little. Even if Wolters scores 40 points, it will be difficult for SDSU to outscore Michigan with their multiple scoring threats.

Michigan will win this game and have a great shot if they face North Carolina or Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen.

The South bracket will be a lot of fun.

Prediction: #4 Michigan Wolverines

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