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Michigan didn't get the Little Caesars Arena games.

And perhaps that was a blessing — just as Oakland coach Greg Kampe predicted, back on Selection Sunday, that it just might be.

Kampe, analyzing the NCAA Tournament bracket for The Detroit News, said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, whose Spartans got the slightly better draw and the LCA first- and second-round games, "would trade with John Beilein tomorrow."

Michigan will play Villanova in Monday night's championship game in San Antonio, and if the Wolverines win, they will statistically -- going by seedings -- have:

■ The third-easiest ever road to an NCAA championship; and

■ The easiest road to an NCAA championship among non-No. 1 seeds.

This is according to research dating back to 1985, when the NCAA Tournament field first expanded to 64 teams, requiring six wins for an NCAA championship.

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So far this NCAA Tournament, Michigan has beaten Montana (14 seed), Houston (6), Texas A&M (7), Florida State (9) and Loyola-Chicago (11). A win over top-seeded Villanova would give Michigan a cumulative opponent seeding total of 48.

The only cumulative totals higher than that among champions: 1990 UNLV (54), which never had to beat better than a 3 seed; and 2013 Louisville (51), which never had to beat better than a 2 and beat No. 4 Michigan for a championship that the Cardinals have since vacated.

Also at 48 with Michigan was Kansas in 2008, though the Jayhawks that year did have to beat back-to-back No. 1 seeds in the Final Four.

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This doesn't mean much of anything, of course. You beat who's in front of you. That’s all you can do. And certainly, nobody's suggesting the Wolverines, if they win again Monday, give back the trophy or anything.

So this is just fodder. That. Is. All. So, please, save your emails.

The average cumulative seeding score for a championship team since 1985 is 38.9.

Michigan State's run in 2000 was easier than average (43), while Michigan's run to the championship in 1989 was harder than average (36).

The toughest road to a championship came in 1985, when Villanova's six opponents had a total seeding of 20. That year, Villanova beat two No. 1 seeds, two No. 2s, a 5 and a 9.

Michigan this year didn't have to face any of the other top-five seeds in its region, with No. 1 Xavier, No. 2 North Carolina and No. 5 Ohio State losing in the second round, and No. 4 Gonzaga losing in the Sweet 16.

Loyola-Chicago, which fell to Michigan, 69-57, on Saturday, didn't have to beat a No. 1 or 2 either, with No. 1 Virginia losing in the first round and No. 2 Cincinnati in the second. The best seed Loyola-Chicago beat was No. 3 Tennessee, on a last-second shot in the second round.

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A look at seeding totals for their opponents:

1985: Villanova – 9, 1, 5, 2, 2, 1 (20)

1986: Louisville – 15, 7, 3, 8, 11, 1 (45)

1987: Indiana – 16, 8, 5, 10, 1, 2 (42)

1988: Kansas – 11, 14, 7, 4, 2, 1 (39)

1989: Michigan – 14, 11, 2, 5, 1, 3 (36)

1990: UNLV – 16, 8, 12, 11, 4, 3 (54)

1991: Duke – 15, 7, 11, 4, 1, 3 (41)

1992: Duke – 16, 9, 4, 2, 2, 6 (39)

1993: North Carolina – 16, 8, 4, 2, 2, 1 (33)

1994: Arkansas – 16, 9, 12, 3, 2, 2 (44)

1995: UCLA – 16, 8, 5, 2, 4, 2 (37)

1996: Kentucky – 16, 9, 4, 2, 1, 4 (36)

1997: Arizona – 13, 12, 1, 10, 1, 1 (38)

1998: Kentucky – 15, 10, 6, 1, 3, 3 (38)

1999: Connecticut – 16, 9, 5, 10, 4, 1 (45)

2000: Michigan State – 16, 8, 4, 2, 8, 5 (43)

2001: Duke – 16, 9, 4, 6, 3, 2 (40)

2002: Maryland – 16, 8, 4, 2, 1, 5 (36)

2003: Syracuse – 14, 6, 10, 1, 1, 2 (34)

2004: Connecticut – 15, 7, 6, 8, 1, 3 (40)

2005: North Carolina – 16, 9, 5, 6, 5, 1 (42)

2006: Florida – 14, 11, 7, 1, 11, 2 (46)

2007: Florida – 16, 9, 5, 3, 2, 1 (36)

2008: Kansas – 16, 8, 12, 10, 1, 1 (48)

2009: North Carolina – 16, 8, 4, 2, 3, 2 (35)

2010: Duke – 16, 8, 4, 3, 2, 5 (38)

2011: Connecticut – 14, 6, 2, 5, 4, 8 (39)

2012: Kentucky – 16, 8, 4, 3, 4, 2 (37)

2013: Louisville – 16, 8, 12, 2, 9, 4 (51)

2014: Connecticut – 10, 2, 3, 4, 1, 8 (28)

2015: Duke – 16, 8, 5, 2, 7, 1 (39)

2016: Villanova – 15, 7, 3, 1, 2, 1 (29)

2017: North Carolina – 16, 8, 4, 2, 3, 1 (34)

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Michigan vs. Villanova 

Tip-off: 9:20 p.m. Monday, Alamodome, San Antonio

TV/radio: TBS/WWJ 950

Records: No. 3 seed Michigan 33-7, No. 1 seed Villanova 35-4

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