Michigan basketball got hot in the perfect time in another well-coached season by John Beilein. The Wolverines have not lost a game since Feb. 6, rolling past Michigan State and Purdue to win the Big Ten tournament, and then against Houston, Florida State and Texas A & M at the NCAA tournament to reach the final four ,
Their season almost ended in the round of 32, but freshman Jordan Poole hit a buzzer – beat three to beat the Cougars. After avoiding the first fuss, every second victory was convincing.
Michigan was the third best team to offer the Big Ten all season, with the Boilermakers and Spartans 1
If Beilein has proven something, he can turn a group of good players into a good season, even without one or two stars bearing the weight. Michigan may not have an NBA Draft pick in the first round, but this team is deep and everyone plays a role. Here's what they need to do to defeat Loyola-Chicago to reach the national title game:
Moritz Wagner must be strong in color and stretch the ground .
Wagner is Michigans 6 & # 39; 11 German center, which can repel the boards and shoot from the depths. He is probably the Wolverine's best NBA candidate.
Against Texas A & M at Sweet 16, Wagner proved his value. In contrast to the traditional big boys, who were used to camping in the streets, he dropped three three-pointers in three attempts and scored 21 points. That's a skill some college bigs have.
Wagner has to stretch the ground against a true big man like Loyola's Cameron Krutwig. Pulling it out of its comfort zone in color creates a clean look for Wagner from a distance, as well as lanes for his teammates.
Michigan is one of the best at avoiding sales. That must be true
The Wolverines are much more defensive than offensive, in 30th place with the ball, according to KenPom.com, and no. 4 without them. A lack of offensive rebounds means that Michigan does not get many second chances. They made it even more complicated at the end of the stick, they did not shoot from the three-point range or free-throw line this season.
But that does not mean that they make it easy for the opposing defenders. Even if they shoot badly, The Wolverines make sure the enemy's defense still works. Michigan earns the sixth lowest steal sales in the nation, and third-least-denominated revenue in general. Limited sales – and the simple baskets for the opponents who follow them – will be a key to their Final Four success.
Michigan Must Recover Well and Force Strong 2-Point Glances
Michigan has the # 4 defense in the country because it has no blatant weaknesses. They hold the opponents in the country with the two-point score of 43 points. They also ranked in the top 100 in defensive rebounding, allowed free-throw attempts, and effective field goal percentage.
As mentioned above, Michigan may lack top stars, but there's no shortage of players who can really make it difficult for the stars in other teams. Charles Matthews is a 6 & 6; striker who is a top 25 rebounder on both sides of the ball. Zavier Simpson is a 6 & # 0; 0 guard who is one of the best to push the ball away in the nation. Duncan Robinson is 6 & 8; and lanky, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is fast, 6 & 4; and is one of the best defenders without fouling.
As one unit, Michigan is as solid as it is. 19659019] How is it It Michigan Game against Loyola-Chicago?
The Ramblers can not settle for who fled the West. Loyola-Chicago has won the ground with capable shooters from the deep and by running. Michigan can do that, but maybe better.
Wagner will be the biggest threat to tearing down Loyola-Chicago's big man Krutwig. The center of the Ramblers will not be able to score as easily with Wagner as his former opponents and is not prepared to defend well a three-point shooting at all. Michigan's dominance will depend on his own big jumper and how often they can feed him the ball.
Michigan should be the favorite.