Michigan basketball and hockey teams advance to Final Four in consecutive days

By Brandon Justice ,

Basketball, Hockey

It’s a great time to be a Michigan fan.

In consecutive days, both Michigan hockey and basketball advanced to the Final Four.

That’s the fifth time a hockey & basketball program sent both to the Final Four.

Michigan hockey skates into Frozen Four with 6-3 win over Northeastern

The hockey team got it done on Sunday, defeating Boston University 6-3 in the Regional Final.

The Wolverines scored three consecutive goals in the 3rd period to win the game. They never trailed in the tilt. The maize and blue defeated Northeastern 3-2 in the previous round.

Michigan plays Notre Dame next in the Frozen Four.

Michigan basketball dances into Final Four

The back-to-back Big Ten Champions are the hottest team left in the tournament.

In 13 straight wins, Michigan hasn’t allowed an opponent to score over 75 points. While the offense has been the story at times, it’s the defense that pushed them this far.

On Saturday night, it was the defense that carried them in a 58-54 win over 9-seed Florida State.

The Wolverines scored 99 points in a 27-point victory over 7-seed Texas A&M on Thursday in the Sweet Sixteen. They defeated 6-seed Houston thanks to a Jordan Poole buzzer-beater, and 14-seed Montana comfortably.

Their road to the National Championship couldn’t be more clear. But it will be tough, against a team with more heart (and nuns) than any other. Michigan will face off with 11-seed Loyola-Chicago, this year’s Cinderella with wins over a 3, 6, 7 and 9 seed.

The Final Four is in San Antonio and tips off Saturday at 6:09 pm EST.

The Frozen Four’s puck drops Thursday, April 5.

 

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