The Michigan Wolverines hopes of a return to the NCAA Championship game were dashed in the elite eight by the Kentucky Wildcats. Aaron Harrison made a clutch 3 point shot with 2.8 seconds left to rip out the heart of Wolverines Nation and propel the Wildcats to the Final Four with a 75-72 win.
The Kentucky Wildcats move on to face the Wisconsin Badgers in the final four next weekend.
Nik Stauskas, the Big Ten player of the year, had 24 points for the Michigan Wolverines who came up just shy of their second consecutive final four. It was an especially disappointing end for senior Jordan Morgan. The Michigan forward had 11 points and 8 rebounds and continued his stretch of solid play in the NCAA tournament. Morgan’s play heated up in the Big Ten tournament, continued through the NCAA tournament and was the best series of games in his basketball career.
Although this is a disappointing finish to the Wolverines season the future looks bright. After watching the developement of Caris Levert, Zak Irvin and Derek Walton this season, the Wolverines can also look forward to the return of Mitch McGary next season. McGary missed most of 2013-14 after sitting out with a back injury.
Nik Stauskas, the only unanimous choice for the 1st team all Big Ten, will have some decisions to make as he will get some pressure to commit to this years NBA Draft. If he chooses to stay, the Michigan Wolverines should have a top five preseason ranking going into next season. With two deep tournament runs and a Big Ten regular season championship under their belt the Michigan Wolverines will be very dangerous next season.