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Michigan's run to Final Four makes basketball fashionable again in Ann Arbor

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    Michigan head coach John Beilein reacts after cutting down the net after a regional final game against Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Michigan won 79-59 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)The Associated Press

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    Michigan head coach John Beilein and players including Jon Horford (15) react against Florida during the second half of a regional final game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. Michigan won 79-59. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Associated Press

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.