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A brief history of Michigan basketball in ‘revenge’ games under John Beilein

Michigan gets a chance to avenge last year’s loss to North Carolina Wednesday. How do the Wolverines do in bounce-back games in the Beilein era?

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Last year in Chapel Hill, Michigan basketball hardly looked the part of an NCAA Finalist.

North Carolina, the defending national champs at the time, bullied the Wolverines 86-71 behind forward Luke Maye’s 27 points in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

What a difference a year makes.

John Beilein’s offensive genius combined with Luke Yaklich’s defensive prowess to fuel a run to the title game. They enacted some vengeance for the loss to Villanova two weeks ago, blasting the Wildcats by 27 in Philadelphia.

It follows a pattern in the Beilein era. His teams typically avoid two losses in a row to non-conference programs. With the 11th-ranked Tar Heels visiting Crisler Center Wednesday (9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN), Michigan looks to continue the trend.

In just his second season, his team responded to the previous year’s double-digit defeat to No. 4 UCLA.

That took place in the Preseason NIT semifinals in Manhattan. The next night, the Wolverines fell by 15 to Duke.

Only two weeks later, Beilein got the better of Coach K with an eight-point triumph in Ann Arbor.

Deep into Big Ten play, Beilein led the 2008-09 outfit to Storrs, Conn. to face the top-ranked Connecticut. The first of a home-and-home series ended with a 69-61 Huskies victory.

The following year, Beilein and company returned the favor 68-63, with fans storming the court in the process. In the postgame recap, some bald jackass danced like a fool behind Verne Lundquist.

My hair style has not changed.

The 2009-10 campaign also featured Kansas and Utah routing the Wolverines. The next year, Michigan dispatched the Utes by 11, and pushed the No. 3 Jayhawks to overtime.

Eventually, Trey Burke snatched victory from the jaws of defeat over Kansas in the 2013 Sweet Sixteen.

After Darius Morris doinked a floater off the rim in the 2011 NCAA Third Round versus Duke, the Wolverines dropped another just months later to the Blue Devils in Maui.

This started a stretch of consecutive losses to power programs. Over the next four years, Beilein sustained consecutive losses to power programs such as Duke (again), Arizona and Southern Methodist.

Once 2016-17 rolled around, the revenge theme resurfaced. First, the Maize and Blue finally got over the hump against SMU, blowing them out 76-54 in the 2K Sports Classic.

A few months later in March Madness, the program finally slayed Dracula, that is Rick Pitino, in the first meeting since the 2013 NCAA Championship Game.

More specifically, Mo Wagner put a stake in the Cardinals in the 73-69 victory.

With Michigan already roasting Villanova in this year’s rematch, expect another motivated effort Wednesday against Roy Williams and the Tar Heels.