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Posted on Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 5:58 a.m.

Michigan basketball commemorative section available on newsstands Thursday

By Pete Cunningham


Michigan senior Blake McLimans leads the team through smoke to the court at the start of the national championship game at the Georgia in Atlanta on Monday, April 8, 2013.

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The Michigan basketball team nearly pulled it off. The Wolverines were so close to a national championship that fans, players and coaches could almost taste it. Minus the end result, Michigan's 82-76 loss to Louisville had just about everything Michigan fans could have hoped for in a championship game.

It was a fitting end to season that had its fair share of ups-and-downs and spectacular moments in between. Subscribers to the print edition will get a chance to relive the championship game, and the magical tournament run and season that preceded it with a special commemorative section. The section will be available in Thursday's paper.

The section will feature stories and photos from throughout the season, so that fans will have a keepsake to remember the season. What better way to forget the sting of the Louisville loss than to relive the joy of the Kansas overtime win, or the dominant performances over Florida and Virginia Commonwealth?

The section also will feature stories from all that preceded the team's run for the ages in the NCAA Tournament like the overtime win over Ohio State, and the dramatic battle that was the one-point win over Michigan State.

The section will be included in all Thursday editions of the paper. Non-subscibers and Sunday-only subscribers can pick up the special section on newsstands Thursday morning.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


Pete Cunningham

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 9:33 p.m.

There will be an abridged version of the section available in MLive publications in Saginaw, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Bay City, Muskegon and Jackson.


Wed, Apr 10, 2013 : 12:30 p.m.

Not news.