Michigan stuns Villanova in blowout victory
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Coming off a season that set the program record for victories, the Michigan basketball team doesn’t have quite the same “Revenge Tour” slate as in football, but a big one they wanted was the early showdown at No. 8 Villanova. The highly billed rematch of the NCAA Tournament title game was anything but a close battle. The Wolverines jumped out in front early and never looked back, winning 73-46.

Villanova’s offense averaged 93 points in its first two games, but struggled against Michigan’s high energy defense, turning it over 21 times, including 11 steals by the Maize and Blue. The Wildcats hit just 31.8% of their shots from the field, while the Wolverines hit high point in scoring for the season.

Charles Matthews helped Michigan jump out to a commanding lead with a big first half, ultimately finishing with a team best 19 points and three blocked shots. Freshman Iggy Brazdeikis stole the show in the second half, racking up 18 points and pulling down a team best seven rebounds.

Zavier Simpson also had a very strong overall game for the Wolverines, scoring nine points, six assists, five steals, four rebounds and a blocked shot.

Improving to 3-0 on the season, Michigan will play in the first game of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament on Saturday at noon on ESPN3, taking on George Washington from Uncasville, Conn. The Wolverines will take on either Providence or South Carolina on Sunday.

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