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Another step for Michigan _ with a chance for more

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 7:14pm  ET

Michigan head coach John Beilein yells instructions against Virginia Commonwealth in the second half of their third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday March 23, 2013. Michigan won 78-53. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Now that Michigan has finally made it back to the second week of the NCAA tournament, coach John Beilein will admit that this was a pretty important step for the Wolverines.

Beilein says it was good for the program to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

Before the tournament, Beilein said Michigan would keep progressing no matter what happened. The Wolverines play several freshmen and have been recruiting well in recent years.

But for a team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation earlier this season, another early exit from this tournament would have been jarring.


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