(04/09/13) - The University of Michigan lost to Louisville in Monday night's NCAA championship game, 82 to 76.
But win or lose, they made history this season and Tuesday, when fans gave them a warm welcome home to the Crisler Center.
"These guys have given us the senior year of our dreams, so in a lot of ways it's bitter sweet, but we're happy with what they accomplished," said Bilal Baydoun, a U of M senior.
"I think we did great and we defeated all the odds, that was a victory in itself," said Milo Tucker-Meyer, who considers himself a big U of M fan.
The team entered Crisler Center through the stands while fans cheered them on. Each player took a few minutes to say "thank you."
"We had an incredible season, we appreciate all the love and support you gave us all season, we couldn't have done it without you guys, so go blue!"said point guard Spike Albrecht.
"These guys showed us that they have game, a lot of the freshman will be here next year so we have another chance at it," said Molly Wilson, a U of M freshman.
In the mean time, guard Tim Hardaway Junior says he plans to just take it easy for a while.
"We're always busy with this basketball stuff, so it'll be great to relax, chill out, probably go out to have dinner with them [the team], just hang out."
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