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Michigan basketball ranked seventh on best programs this decade list

Michigan is the only representative from the Big Ten in the Top-10

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Des Moines Practice Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines made the Sweet 16 once again in 2019. This is something that hasn’t been out of the ordinary in his 12 seasons in Ann Arbor.

When Beilein came in, the Wolverines were an absolute mess. But in less than two seasons he helped make Michigan a consistent Big Ten threat and a perennial NCAA tournament entrant.

He and the Michigan Wolverines were recognized for their impressive performance in the 2010’s by Sporting News’ Bill Bender who had the maize and blue as the No. 7 squad.

If you take a look at this list, the Wolverines are in some prestigious company. While they did not win a national title over the past ten years, they have been the runner-up twice. They also made the Sweet Sixteen four times in the past decade.

The Wolverines have also won two regular-season Big Ten titles, and appeared in three straight Big Ten Tournament Championship games, winning two of them.

As you can see from the graphic above, Michigan is just outside some of the most storied programs in college basketball history.

Kentucky is the top team for apparent reasons. John Calipari has built a perennial powerhouse in Lexington that has made four Final Fours over the past decade and won a natty as well.

Duke won two national titles, while making two Final Four runs, and are on the verge of repeating again this season. They come it at No. 2 on the list.

Kansas only made one Final Four in the 2010’s, their dominating reign of 14 straight Big 12 Regular Season Championships ended this year, and it was mostly because of injuries.

While not having a storied program, Villanova has made some history of their own, winning the title two out of the last three years, putting them in the top five.