The Michigan Wolverines made it to the Elite Eight last year, but right now, their season is not going to get them there. The Wolverines have a record of 9-6 (2-1 B1G) and earlier in the season they went on a four game losing streak, including upsets versus New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Eastern Michigan. They do have a key win against Syracuse and were a possession away from beating Villanova. Their latest loss against Purdue proved that Michigan is definitely not the team they were.
Coming into the season Caris LeVert was supposed to be a possible lottery pick and the leader of this team. He has been a leader of the team but has failed to produce on the level he was expected to. Zak Irvin has been able to produce as expected and so has Derrick Walton but recently they have had a breakout performer. Aubrey Dawkins, a 3-star recruit out of Palo Alto, California, has shown his potential. In his breakout game against Illinois he had 20 points on 6-7 from deep. Although he has only had two good games he could be the one who turns around the season,
I also think that Michigan needs to go down low to the freshman Ricky Doyle. He started off playing as a role player coming off the bench but throughout the season he has shown that he is a starter. He gives the team momentum such as Spike Albrecht and has become a reliable option at only 6′ 9″.
Of course this is a very young team and with time they will mesh more but the emergence of Aubrey Dawkins and Ricky Doyle could prove huge for this team.