Perhaps the best sign that Michigan's basketball program was moving in the right direction came not last weekend in the NCAA tournament, but about a month ago toward the end of the regular season.

The Wolverines had just lost to Penn State, a low point during a February stretch that also included a 23-point loss to rival Michigan State. The Wolverines found their character questioned and their prospects for a successful postseason suddenly doubted.

But in a way, the angst was a good sign. This Michigan team had raised expectations in Ann Arbor — and it wasn't too late for Trey Burke and his teammates to reach them.

Now with a Final Four berth, they have.