The early indications are promising. And for Michigan, despite a surfeit of talking it—and a conspicuous deficit of walking it—Webber and Rose accepted losing to Duke with more grace than they had last spring. "All I said was I thought Jalen was the best point guard," said Webber. "If you see [Hurley], tell him it was just propaganda to make Jalen play better. Bobby's a great point guard, but I believe in J." And he added, "I like their crowd, to tell you the truth. They're good, and they'll tell you about it. They remind me a little bit of us."
Someone suggested to Hurley that the Wolverines, as they winged their way home, might peddle the same line they had in April, the one that goes, Yeah, we may have lost, but we're still the better players. "Are you kidding?" Hurley said. "Sure they'll think that, with their confidence." Then he broke into a smile—a winner's smile—at the notion.
Hurley could afford to grin, for he had paid up. Talk, on the other hand, is cheap—but even so, the tab the Wolverines are running is getting a mite expensive.