The Michigan Wolverine basketball team won the 2017 NCAA championship with a victory over Louisville in the second round of the 2017 NBA draft.

    The Wolverines will go into the 2019-20 season with the second-highest winning percentage in school history, according to the Basketball Reference website.

    Wolverines coach Chris Holtmann says the team is proud of the win.

    “I think what we did tonight is the most perfect basketball game I’ve seen in my life,” Holtmann said after the game.

    “We took care of the ball.

    We played hard.

    We made shots.

    I think that was a pretty good win for us.” 

    The Wolverines lost to the Louisville Cardinals in the first round of this year’s NCAA tournament.

    The Michigan team also won the ACC tournament. 

    The 2018-19 season was the Wolverines most successful since the 2016-17 season, when they reached the Sweet 16. 

    Michigan’s last NCAA tournament appearance was in 2012, when the Wolverins made the Final Four. 

    ESPN’s Zach Lowe says the Wolverine team is a good example of why he was fired after the season. 

    “Michigan State is a basketball program that is not a championship contender,” Lowe said on his podcast “The Vertical Podcast.”

    “There’s a lot of good players.

    You can’t play a great team on the national level and expect to be able to win a national title.

    You’re going to have to play a team like Michigan State.” 

    In his book, The Michigan Way: The Inside Story of the Big Ten’s Elite Basketball Program, Lowe talks about how Holtmann tried to recruit top talent. 

    He said Holtmann coached up to his early 20s and was one of the most talented coaches in the country, but the program was never competitive enough to be a contender in the Big 10. 

    At the time, the Wolverians had the worst record in the NCAA. 

    In 2016-2017, the team went 25-21 in Holtmann’s first season.

    Michigan has gone 38-30 in the next two seasons under Holtmann, who has led the Wolveries to two NCAA tournament appearances in three years. 

    Holtmann has had two coaching stints with the Detroit Pistons, both in 2017-18. 

    On Monday, Holtmann was named the NCAA tournament commissioner for the 20th time. 

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