Michigan had some additional motivation going into last night's national semifinal game.
It came courtesy of some members of the Wolverines' 1989 national championship team.
According to USA Today, a group of players from the 1989 Michigan squad recorded an audio message which was played to the current team before last night's game.
Included on the message were former UM stars Glen Rice and Rumeal Robinson.
“I’d say the gist of the message is you’re here and you can do it,’’ Naji Ozeir, a freshman forward for Michigan, told USA TODAY Sports on Sunday. “It’s pretty cool they’re giving us wisdom and saying it could be done. It was awesome.’’
Jon Teske, a sophomore forward for Michigan, said one thing that was appreciated about the audio is each member of the current team was mentioned by name.
The last time Michigan won the national title was with that 1989 team, which defeated Seton Hall 80-79 in a thrilling title game. Robinson hit two game-winning free throws in the final seconds after a controversial foul call on Seton Hall's Gerald Greene.
Since then, Michigan is 0-3 in national championship games. The Fab Five lost to Duke and North Carolina in 1992 and 1993, and Beilein's 2013 unit fell to Louisville.
You can read the full USA Today story here.
Michigan and Villanova will tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET on TBS.