Second half surge sends Michigan to title game
Written by Matt Pargoff   


The Wolverines are on their way to playing for the National Championship. Facing the Cinderella story of the NCAA Tournament, it appeared for a time that Loyola-Chicago’s unlikely run would continue, with U-M trailing by as many as 10 points in the second half. The tables slowly turned as Michigan chipped away at the deficit, with the Maize and Blue finally seizing the lead and momentum, winning 69-57.

The Wolverines struggled through an uncharacteristically sloppy first half, turning the ball over eight times, while getting only one assist on a basket and making 2-of-13 shots from beyond the arc. Finishing the game on a 19-6 run, Michigan played a cleaner second half, turning it over three times, assisting on seven baskets and making 5-of-15 three pointers.

A consistent presence in the game for the Wolverines, Moritz Wagner had one of his best showings, scoring 24 points and pulling down 15 rebounds. Charles Matthews continued his strong run through the NCAA Tournament, scoring 17 points and pulling down five rebounds. Each player had three steals as well on defense, where Michigan forced 17 turnovers, most of those coming in the second half.

Improving to 33-7 on the season, the Wolverines have one game left, playing the title game against Villanova and Kansas at 9:19 p.m. eastern on Monday with television coverage provided by TBS.

The appearance in the final of the NCAA Tournament marks the second time in six years that Michigan has made it to championship game.


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