The senior displayed great emotion and leadership while helping his team get another tournament win. Beilein stresses passing the ball and precision shooting, he got just what he wanted. His team had 16 assists, and shot 24-54 from the field. The Wolverines put on a shooting display from three point land, shooting 50% and a NCAA tournament record 14 threes.
Coach John Beilein preaches, take care of the basketball, limit your fouls, pass the ball and that is exactly how the Michigan Wolverines have advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Both Wofford Terriers and the Texas Longhorns found out the hard way what it means to win, as printed on their tournament shirts, the Wolverine way.
In the second round Michigan was too much for Wofford and won 57-40. Michigan shot over 40% from all over the court, and beat them in almost every line on the stat sheet. The Wolverines did have two more turnovers than their season average of 9 but the defense stepped up to hold their opponent to 40 points. Michigan only committed 2 fouls. They were led in scoring by Nik Stauskas with 15 and Glenn Robinson III with 14. Who’s next? That would be Texas.
Texas coming in off a tough last second victory over Arizona St, was dominated by the Wolverines 79-65. Michigan had four starters in double figures. Stauskas had 17 points along with a career high 8 assists, both Robinson III and Caris Levert had 14 and Jordan Morgan had a double-double with 15 points, 15 boards. Morgans efforts on both ends of the floor was sensational. Facing a big physical Texas front court, he showed great toughness by attacking the rim and going 7-8 from the free throw line.
On the defensive end, they held the Longhorns to only 37% shooting and forced them into 8 turnovers vs only 4 for the Wolverines. They also added five steals and two blocks. Although Michigan was out rebounded 41-33, they fought hard the entire game. Michigan now advances to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row.
Whether they face Tennessee or Mercer, this well coached, disciplined team will be ready next Friday to advance to the next round. This is Michigan’s ninth win in the last ten games. There is no reason we cannot see them in the championship again, as long as they continue to play the Wolverine Way.