Michigan(3) gets a win over the Florida State Seminoles(9) by a score of?58-54.
Florida State (9)?was upsetting everyone in their way. The Seminoles took down Missouri (8), Xavier (1), and Gonzaga (4), before they looked to upset the No. 3 seeded Wolverines.
Michigan (3) had a tough time in the beginning of the tournament. That is until they met up with the Texas A&M Aggies (7), and decimated them.
Matthews and Abdur-Rahkman keep Michigan in it
The first half was a disaster for the Wolverines.
Michigan shot only 33 percent from the floor, and made only 2 of their 10 attempted 3-pointers.
Moe Wagner didn’t have a field goal, they didn’t have any bench points, and they had an uncharacteristic 7 turnovers. Yet, somehow they went into halftime winning the game by one point.
Charles Matthews and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman kept them in the game.
Matthews had a game-high 10 points, and MAAR had two big 3-pointers before half.
Florida State’s defense
In the preview of this game, I likened Florida State’s defense to Texas A&M’s.
I was wrong. This Seminole defense is bigger, quicker, and more disciplined.
Michigan’s offense looked rattled. They had a lot of uncharacteristic turnovers, some of which were due to Florida State’s pressure, others looked to be lapses in focus.
The Wolverines seemed to settle down at halftime, and finished the game with only 10 turnovers.
Michigan’s terrible, horrible, no good shooting night, but great defensive night
After one of their hottest shooting games of the year, the Wolverines had an atrocious night from the floor.
As a team, Michigan shot 39 percent from the floor as a whole, and only 18 percent from beyond the arc.
This is further evidence of just how great this defense is. It is still pretty shocking to see the evolution of Head Coach John Beilein and his Wolverine team.
Michigan forced 15 turnovers and held a good offensive Florida State team to 54 points.
Player of the game – Charles Matthews
Charles Matthews was a warrior this game.
He battled on the boards, on defense, and with the ball to will his team to a victory.
Matthews finished with 17 points (6-14), 8 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 steal.
Here is one of his big blocks:
Michigan (3) takes on Loyola-Chicago (11) in the Final Four.
The Wolverines are still dancing!
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