A better NCAA tournament story? Michigan vs. Steve Fisher, or John Beilein vs. West Virginia
If one bracket projection is correct, the Michigan basketball team could face an interesting NCAA tournament path.
Jerry Palm's latest CollegeRPI.com bracket projection slots Michigan as a No. 3 seed facing off with No. 14 Drexel in Nashville, Tenn.
Joining Michigan in the same Nashville pod? Ex-Michigan coach Steve Fisher and current Wolverine coach John Beilein's former team, West Virginia.
So, if Palm's projection were to hold, there would be no shortage of potential storylines awaiting Michigan in Nashville.
Hired as an interim coach prior to the 1989 NCAA tournament, Fisher led the Wolverines to their first — and only — NCAA crown several weeks later, knocking off P.J. Carlesimo's Seton Hall squad in the final.
Three seasons later, Fisher brought Michigan's famed "Fab Five" recruiting class to campus, resulting in back-to-back Final Four runs.
His Michigan legacy has been since marred by NCAA and school-imposed sanctions, as Fisher's role in the Ed Martin scandal led to his firing in 1997. The school has since vacated both Final Four appearances, and all victories from the 1992-93, 1995-96, 1996-97 seasons have been forfeited.
West Virginia, meanwhile, sits firmly on the bubble at 17-12 on the season.
Current Mountaineer boss Bob Huggins replaced Beilein in 2007, eventually leading WVU to the 2010 Final Four with a roster that included several Beilein recruits.
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