ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Michigan was a few missed opportunities, and a crippling buzzer beater from Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison, away from back-to-back Final Four appearances last season.
With fellow Big Ten conference member Wisconsin making a run of its own to the Final Four, Michigan coach John Beilein remembers what it took to make the first run in 2013 that eventually resulted in a National Championship game appearance.
Speaking with the media during Thursday's Big Ten Media Days, Beilein still has the desire and motivation to get back to the Final Four.
He's never been hungrier.
"It's obviously difficult to get there," Beilein said. "At the same time, once you've been there one time, I'm as hungry or probably hungrier than ever to get back there. So I think it's great motivation for everybody because they've experienced that run."
Although the last remaining starting remnants of the 2013 run have gone on to the NBA (Mitch McGary, Nik Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III) and European basketball (Jordan Morgan,) Michigan still returns two familiar faces in Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert who logged crucial minutes during that run.
The Wolverines will once again have new faces at the helm and hope to have similar success that Beilein and his program have shared over the course of the last few seasons.
However, according to Beilein, experiencing a Final Four run is one thing. Everything else in between is what makes a team.
"It's maybe not getting there, it's the way you get there and how you get there and those moments in between, the
journey. It makes it so valuable," Beilein said.
If one thing is for certain, Beilein has a knack of 'getting there.'