John Beilein: Michigan will not claim Louisville’s vacated 2013 national title

Michigan technically won more games than any other team in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. But John Beilein says the Wolverines are not going to claim credit for the title in the wake of Louisville having to vacate the 2013 championship.

“We didn’t win it all. We lost to a great team. If someone else wants to come and say ‘hey, you won it all, you’re the champion.’ We’ll take it,” Michigan’s coach  told the Detroit Free Press. “But I’m not going to declare that. I’m declaring that we played our tail off that entire year and got every bit out of what was, remember, a really young team.”

Michigan fell to Louisville nearly five years ago in the championship game. This week, however, the NCAA announced Louisville had to vacate all wins — including the title run — between the 2011-12 and 2014-15 seasons due to an escort scandal under former coach Rick Pitino.

The Wolverines have not won a national title since 1989, but the program is on its way to an eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in Beilein’s 11th season.

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