(9) Florida State

RECORD (23-11)
CONFERENCE RECORD (9-9)
NEXT OPPONENT  TBD

(3) Michigan 

RECORD (31-7)
CONFERENCE RECORD (13-5)
NEXT OPPONENT  Loyola-Chicago

BOX SCORE:

  1H 2H FINAL
HOME 26  28  54 
AWAY 27  31 58 

GAME RECAP

Michigan set the tone on defense early and looked to be the more physical team to start, but was never able to get consistent production on offense. After the Wolverines rushed out to a 10-point lead, Florida State switched to a full-court press and tied the game at 15 with just under 11-minutes to play until halftime. From that point on, the Seminoles upped the intensity on defense, resulting in a scrappy half of basketball that saw more than 20 cumulative turnovers, over 15 fouls and six blocks. 11 converted free-throws on 15 trips to the line were the saving grace for the Wolverines, who headed into the locker room with a 27-26 lead.

 

The second half began on a familiar note as both teams made quick stops and capitalized on fast-break opportunities, but once Michigan’s defense settled in, Florida State struggled to maintain pace. The Wolverines didn’t ever break out of their first-half shooting slump, finishing the game shooting a meek 38.8 percent from the floor, but were able to find the bottom of the net often enough to lead by 10 with 14-minutes to play. The Seminoles rallied several times and even brought the score as close as two, but were not able to do enough to make it to the Final Four, eventually falling 58 to 54.

PLAYER OF THE GAME - Matthew Charles

Michigan star forward Mo Wagner was mostly absent in the first half and struggled from behind the arc all night (0 for 7), but he still managed to be a difference-maker on both ends of the floor. Wagner was a key component on defense and converted multiple and-1 plays down the stretch, finishing with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals.

 

However, it’s junior guard Charles Matthews who earns Player of the Game nods. Matthews had a huge first half and made sure the Wolverines didn’t lose pace when Wagner went to the bench with four fouls with six-minutes remaining. Matthews finished with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks.

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