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College Basketball Insider Predicts Who Michigan Will Hire

The Michigan Wolverines bench celebrates in the games final minutes against the Texas A&M Aggies.

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 22: The Michigan Wolverines bench celebrates in the games final minutes against the Texas A&M Aggies in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at Staples Center on March 22, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Michigan men's basketball is looking for a new head coach after John Beilein stepped down today to take the same job with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. It will be tough to replace Beilein, who did a masterful job in 12 seasons with the Maize and Blue.

Michigan was in a lengthy NCAA Tournament drought before Boeheim took over in 2007, and he snapped it in his second season. Overall, the Wolverines made nine NCAA Tournaments under Beilein, reaching the national championship game twice. He also won two Big Ten regular season titles and two Big Ten Tournament titles.

Without question, Michigan AD Warde Manuel will be under pressure to make a big hire. Stadium college basketball insider Jeff Goodman thinks he will do just that.

This afternoon, Goodman laid out his predictions for the Michigan coaching search. While he said he'd personally hire Northwestern's Chris Collins for the job, Goodman thinks the Wolverines will ultimately land former Florida head coach and current Oklahoma City Thunder boss Billy Donovan.

Donovan has been the head coach of the Thunder since 2015, but he's under scrutiny after three-straight first-round exits. Goodman explained why he thinks the two-time NCAA Champion makes sense in Ann Arbor.

Donovan is still the coach at OKC, but his future is in doubt — now, and certainly a year from now, if the Thunder don’t make some noise in the postseason.

I’m gonna roll the dice here. If Donovan loses his job, this is an ideal one for him to take in college. It’s also a brand where he doesn’t have to deal with recruiting in the SEC again.

Would Donovan be willing to leave the NBA before it leaves him and return to college? It is absolutely worth Michigan's time to find out.

After all, this is a guy who led Florida to four Final Fours, two national titles and a national runner-up finish during his time there.