MI is going to the Final Four once again.
The "Junkyard Defense" of Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton began to have its way with a series of blocks, three by Ike Obiagu, a 7-foot freshman from Nigeria, and steals.
The Ramblers will never tell you they would have preferred to face MI, but it may be a more favorable opponent for them.
If we're not going to get a blueblood, give me the little guy. The Wolverines held off a late charge from the Seminoles (23-12), who had already knocked off three higher-seeded opponents on their school's longest NCAA Tournament run since 1993.
FSU shot 42.9 percent from the floor but turned it over 14 times in the first half.
Florida State guard CJ Walker, left, strips the ball from MI forward Moritz Wagner during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional final Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Los Angeles.
Matthews finished with 17 and Wagner 12 for MI, which will play Loyola-Chicago in San Antonio Saturday. So we're ... basically going up against Loyola of Chicago and Sister Jean.
Not that West Regional Most Valuable Player Charles Matthews had a clue.
The second Elite Eight game of the evening is underway. "He was nothing but professional with me throughout this weekend as I believe I was with them". They are among a whole bunch of considerations Hamilton had to juggle while making these decisions quickly in real time. You couldn't be sure who would win, but you could be sure neither team would score 99 as MI did against Texas A&M. "They're here for a reason".
This will go down as one of the more thrilling games of the Tournament, even though it was a low-scoring affair between two defensive minded teams that try to slow games down. Not surprisingly, freshman Jordan Poole joined in on the fun.
The Wolverines' ability to adapt and execute in whatever style of game emerges might be their best asset, and it bodes well for their chances at landing the second national title in program history.
But the Seminoles fought back again with an 8-1 run, with Savoy hitting three free throws and a three-pointer with 1:16 left to make it 55-52. They missed the front end of a one and one, you were down three, and you went down and a kid took what looked like a rushed three.
The 11th-seeded Ramblers have earned a trip to San Antonio with a 78-62 victory over No. 9 Kansas State in the South Region final in Atlanta.
"Loyola-Chicago, those people should be so proud of that team and come out strong", Beilein said. "Well, Michigan's going to sell every ticket we can get, too".
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