A look at the teams Michigan could face on road to Elite Eight
To break down the bracket simply, we have to make an assumption that the higher seed wins their game. Obviously, there is a decent chance that there will be upsets.
The Montana Grizzlies won 26 games this year and won the Big Sky Conference.
Leading scorers: Ahmaad Rorie 17.2 PPG, Michael Oguine 15.8 PPG, Jamar Akoh 13.1 PPG
Player to stop: Ahmaad Rorie
Rorie is a former Oregon Duck and 4-star recruit. He has the ability to really pop off, as shown in his game against North Dakota where he had 30 points (8-14) with 6 rebounds and 5 assists.
After coming up one win short – losing to Cincinnati – of winning the American Athletic Conference, Houston won 26 games with wins over Cincinnati and two wins over Wichita State.
Leading scorers: Rob Gray 18.5 PPG, Corey Davis Jr 13.5 PPG, Devin Davis 10.8 PPG
Player to stop: Rob Gray
Usually I’m not so worried about dudes with man buns, but as you can see from the numbers, Gray is responsible for a large part of the Cougar offense. He just had a big scoring game in the semifinals of the AAC Tournament, posting 33 points in a win over Wichita State. In addition to his scoring, the senior guard averages 4.5 assists per game.
North Carolina (2)
Like Houston, North Carolina was the runner-up in their conference tournament. The Tar Heels had an impressive win over Duke in that tournament, who would end up being the 2-seed in the Midwest.
Leading scorers: Luke Maye 17.2 PPG, Joel Berry II 17.1 PPG, Cameron Johnson 12.7 PPG
Player to stop: Luke Maye
Had Luke Maye not had a huge 27 point (11-16), 6 rebound, 3 assist game against Michigan earlier this year, I would’ve picked point guard Joel Berry. While he hasn’t been putting up numbers as big lately, he has been a consistent and reliable player for UNC.