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Michigan softball figured things out, now steamrolls into Big Ten tournament

The meeting took place either last year or the year before. Carol Hutchins wasn't sure.

Still, the longtime Michigan softball coach remembers what was said.

It was the middle of the season, only a couple of weeks into conference play. Hutchins was talking to her team, and brought up the postseason.

She asked her players what made the postseason fun.

"Tera Blanco raises her hand, she goes, ‘Everybody’s selfless. We only care about we. We’re not caught up in our own stuff,' " Hutchins recalled Wednesday afternoon. "I said, ‘Yeah. That’s exactly right.’ So why would we wait for the postseason?