Last season was supposed to be the year for Michigan.
After Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. left for the NBA, the consensus was that the Wolverines couldn't recreate the magic that took them to last season's NCAA championship game.
"We've been doubted since Trey and Tim left," said Glenn Robinson III. "I don't think anybody really expected us to be in this position."
While last season was supposed to be the year for Michigan, this might have to be the year.
The same goes for its Elite Eight opponent, Kentucky, the No. 8 seed facing second-seeded Michigan on Sunday in Indianapolis in the Midwest Regional final.
Next year's rosters are bound to look different for both teams, and not because of graduating seniors. The bulk of Kentucky's young and elite roster could jump to the NBA, most likely seeing departures from freshman forward Julius Randle, freshman guard James Young and sophomore forward Willie Cauley-Stein. The freshman Harrison brothers, Andrew and Aaron, could enter the draft as well.
Michigan guard Nik Stauskas is considered a first-round selection in the NBA draft if he leaves after his sophomore season. Sophomores Robinson and Mitch McGary, who played in only eight games this season because of a back injury, could make the jump as well.
East Regional: Michigan State faces Connecticut seeking its seventh Final Four berth in 16 seasons. The fourth-seeded Spartans' seniors are looking to keep alive a streak. Since coach Tom Izzo took over in 1995, every player he recruited who stayed four years has reached a Final Four.
The seventh-seeded Huskies' seniors won a national title as freshmen, but UConn was barred from last year's NCAA tournament because of academic sanctions.
Louisville transfer: A year after his gruesome leg injury in the NCAA tournament, Kevin Ware is transferring from Louisville. Ware became Louisville's rallying point on the way to the national title after he broke his leg in a win over Duke in the finals of the Midwest Regional last season.
Ware averaged 1.7 points over nine games as a junior and eventually took a medical redshirt.
He wasn't seen with the team over the past several weeks.
"We wish Kevin Godspeed," coach Rick Pitino said.
Buckeyes add ex-Owl: Ohio State confirmed that Anthony Lee is transferring from Temple and will play next season. The 6-foot-9 Lee, set to graduate from Temple in May, has one year of eligibility remaining. Lee averaged 13.6 points and 8.6 rebounds for the Owls this season.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.