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

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.