Voting was completed the week before the Wolverines faced Kansas in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. When Burke hit a 28-footer late to tie the game on the way to an overtime win, those who put him No. 1 had to have smiles on their faces. That Burke has now led his team to the Final Four only solidifies their conviction.
Many others were just as committed to another player. Burke, a sophomore point guard, squeaked by Indiana's Victor Oladipo in the balloting, finishing with 2,808 points to Oladipo's 2,718.
This is another stop in what is looking like a sweep of the player of the year awards. Burke had been a front runner for parts of the regular season, but this postseason has pushed him over the top.
The Naismith award will be announced Sunday the 7th.