Michigan basketball listened to the communicate about Florida State.
About how the Seminoles were being prolonged — they are the tallest staff in the country dependent on common height, according to KenPom.com — and athletic.
The Wolverines listened to it all. Then they set down their heads and went back again to get the job done.
“Yeah, we listened to it all 7 days,” reported coach Juwan Howard. “Yeah, sure did. We did a actually very good work of preparing for it.”
Florida State’s length wasn’t the only factor Michigan did a good position of planning for.
U-M highly developed to the Elite 8 in the East region on Sunday night time with a convincing 76-58 win about the Seminoles at Bankers Everyday living Fieldhouse.
The Wolverines took the guide with 15:13 remaining in the first fifty percent, prolonged that edge to 11 by halftime and led by as lots of as 23 factors in the second fifty percent — the greatest deficit of the period for Florida Condition.
The Seminoles designed a rapid 6- operate in the 2nd 50 percent to lower Michigan’s guide to five factors. They grabbed nine offensive rebounds and gamers like Scottie Barnes confirmed off their athleticism.
Nevertheless the Wolverines realized what to count on.
“I assume every person is familiar with, I feel they are the tallest crew in the state, so we know they press a great deal,” claimed Franz Wagner. “So that’s 1 detail we sort of went more than in practice a whole lot. And like I pointed out previously, the switching and how we can assault those shut-outs. Yeah, look at some weaknesses that they have on film. I believe, like we usually do, we assess what the other team does and attempt to appear how we can exploit it.
“I mean, the scout crew did a wonderful work once more. I consider the coaches had a great activity strategy. I imagine most people who played look at film, like they often do. We also talked about what to do when they read the put up, when they entrance the post, and stuff like that. Which is something they have witnessed all time with Hunter (Dickinson) remaining so great down there. So these are in all probability the primary points we talked about.”
Michigan bought off to a gradual begin on offense from Florida State, which switched almost every single monitor. But the Wolverines never strayed from the approach. They broke the press with ease and, in their fifty percent-court docket offense, attacked switches with the guards and back again cuts.
4 distinctive players scored in double digits, led by Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Johns Jr., who had 14 apiece and mixed for 4 assists and seven of Michigan’s 11 offensive rebounds. Wagner scored 13 and dished five helps. Chaundee Brown Jr. added 12 off the bench, building 5 of six photographs.
It was a well balanced overall performance from an offense that however has firepower even without senior forward Isaiah Livers.
Regardless of creating a few of 11 3-ideas, Michigan however scored 1.15 factors for every possession. The Wolverines scored on drives, in the publish and off cuts to the rim, totaling 50 factors in the paint in opposition to a team that was averaging 5.1 blocks (No. 11 total) and experienced the nation’s 12th-best 2-level defense.
“I signify, I like to give the coaching team some credit score,” Wagner reported. “I assume we built some excellent plays that really put us in excellent positions out there. I suggest, like I mentioned, we in essence understood how they ended up likely to engage in us all sport with fronting the publish and switching every thing. So we variety of understood what to assume and did that in apply.
“Then I feel we did a definitely very good career, like I reported, of not allowing for them to velocity us up and dribble against the swap itself. That is how we bought shifting and obtained them to transfer and to modify to us. And we attacked our near-outs. That’s when they force so a lot and can assault the paint. That’s how I bought my support today, and that is when fantastic matters occur for us.”
Defensively, Michigan performed its video game. The Wolverines have fielded a leading-10 defense, according to KenPom.com, for a lot of the time for the reason that of their ability to protect 1-on-1 and power opposing teams into inefficient photographs.
Michigan in excess of-served in some situations and gave up a number of open up 3s in the second half — but for the most section, the Wolverines held their very own on defense. U-M funneled Florida State’s guards and play-makers into challenging photographs, contested vertically at the rim and rarely fouled, as the Seminoles attempted just six full free of charge throws.
“Protection has been just one of our staples of our identity,” Howard stated. “We have practices on how we created it previous 12 months when I 1st arrived, and when we returned to the campus in June, very first thing that we satisfied as a employees, and then also the 1st assembly when we have been able to have our initially official exercise, we talked about how we’re likely to be a far better defensive crew.
“A ton of drills that we worked on (were being) based on developing that defensive prowess, where by we can, of program, be disruptive on the ball and then off the ball. So if you glance at the industry purpose proportion, certainly, we held them to 40 percent from the subject. It was a terrific defensive effort.”
After the match, Howard told reporters that he had been “hoping and praying” that Michigan’s preparing around the earlier 7 days translated to Sunday night’s video game.
The reward: The opportunity to prepare for an additional activity on Tuesday evening — and a chance to make the Last Four.