Michigan basketball team returned home from NCAA Tournament to warm welcome from fans

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - The University of Michigan Men's Basketball team may have lost the in the final game of the NCAA Tournament, but they got a rock star greeting as they entered Crisler Center Tuesday afternoon.

The team was greeted by hundreds of fans welcoming them back to Wolverine Country.

"They truly played an amazing game and we're very proud of them," said student Sara Hecht.

"We wish we could have come away with a victory but we're proud of them," said student Jeff Porter.  "They played very well they left their hearts out on the court."

Coach John Beilein, other coaches, and the players spoke to those rooting for the maize and blue.

"It was an emotional night last night and just to see you all here today supporting us back in the seats at Crisler… even through the loss it means a lot to us," said Sophomore Guard Trey Burke.

"We had an incredible season," said Freshman Guard Spike Albrecht.  "We appreciate all of the love and support you guys showed us all season.  We couldn't have done it without you guys. So - Go Blue!"

Albrecht was one of the players getting loud cheers from fans as they surprised the crowd by entering on to the court  through the stands.

After last night's game he tweeted a message to model Kate Upton. He wrote her to say it was nice to see her at the game and he hopes to see her again.

Coach Beilein joked with fans about it.

"What you don't know is Spike is so big right now… that Kate Upton asked him out for a date and he said he was too busy," said Coach Beilein.

Many Michigan fans predict next season will be a big one for the Wolverines.

"John Beilien is going to bring in some more fabulous talent," said fan Jane Cooper.  "I think Michigan basketball is back."

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