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Burke's return means big things

Three returning starters plus incoming class send expectations soaring

Updated: April 9, 2012, 1:04 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Trey Burke is back and with it so are Michigan's hopes for its first Final Four in two decades.

The freshman point guard, who flirted heavily with going to the NBA draft, decided to return for his sophomore season today and in doing so solved a lot of potential problems for the Wolverines next year.

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AP Photo/Tony DingTrey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. return to give Michigan one of the nation's top backcourts.
Burke's return means Michigan doesn't need to scramble to piece together a point guard for next season among senior Eso Akunne and a pair of freshmen: Nick Stauskas and Spike Albrecht. Now, Stauskas can focus on winning the off-guard spot and Akunne, Albrecht and even Stauskas can fight for the 10 minutes or so per game that Burke will be resting.

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