Hunter Dickinson scored 14 issues and the top-seeded Wolverines took the interior path to the Elite 8, pounding away within the paint Sunday for a 76-58 takedown of unusually helpless Florida State.
Franz Wagner had 13 issues and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines, who scored their first 30 issues of the second one part from shut vary to guide trainer Juwan Howard and Co. to a victory in the one “chalk” assembly between a 1 and four seed of the second one weekend.
Michigan (23-Four) moved to a regional ultimate for the primary time since 2018. The Wolverines will play the winner of Sunday’s later UCLA-Alabama recreation.
Badly astray lots of the evening, Florida State didn’t eclipse the 20-point mark till M.J. Walker (10 issues) hit a jumper with 27 seconds left within the first part.
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Different lowlights for the Seminoles:
— 14 turnovers, together with 10 within the first part that resulted in 16 Michigan issues.
— No Three-pointers over the primary 24 mins, and most effective five of 20 for the sport; 4 of the makes got here from Malik Osborne, who led the Seminoles with 12 issues.
— Foul hassle for Walker, Anthony Well mannered and RaiQuan Grey. Including to the difficulty, Walker, the group’s main scorer this season, rolled his ankle on the 14-minute mark of the second one part. By the point he got here again 8 mins later, the Seminoles (18-7) trailed via 19.
— The offense was once held underneath 60 issues for the primary time this season, and it confirmed about as a lot fluidity as trainer Leonard Hamilton, who limped round at the sideline in a strolling boot; he ruptured his Achilles tendon whilst stepping off the bus final week.
A lot of the credit score for the Seminoles’ off evening is going to Michigan. The Wolverines have giant males in 7-foot-1 Dickinson and 6-Nine Wagner, the likes of whom FSU hasn’t confronted a lot, whilst its lengthy, athletic bunch took this system to their 3rd directly Candy 16.
Dickinson had 8 rebounds and blocked two pictures. He was once a continuing presence beneath, forcing Florida State, the group indexed via analytics guru Kenpom as having the tallest moderate top within the country, to curve and switch and bend and drive pictures up from within the paint, the place Michigan had a 50-28 benefit in issues.
And from outdoor? The Seminoles had been a complete mess there, too. They received their first two March Insanity video games regardless of creating a grand overall of six Three-pointers. They are going to depart with 11, thank you principally to Osborne, who was once the one Seminole to make multiple on this blowout.
FSU went on a mini-tear when Osborne and Well mannered made back-to-back 3s to trim Michigan’s result in 5 early in the second one part.
However Michigan scored the following seven issues all the way through a stretch that still incorporated Walker’s harm. The sport by no means were given that shut once more.
Riding the lane and making the additional cross beneath, the Wolverines made 11 in their first 13 pictures in the second one part. Seven in their 19 assists got here from giant males Dickinson (two) and Wagner (5).
The overall five mins had been just about a Michigan celebration within the quarter-filled Bankers Existence Fieldhouse, with the Wolverines lovers shouting “Let’s Cross Blue” because the clock ticked down.
They seem like adjusting to lifestyles with out injured guard Isaiah Livers — and turning into relaxed wearing the banner for the Large Ten, which introduced 9 groups to March Insanity and now has just one.
An attractive just right one, it seems.