Michigan Final Four Analysis here’s What You Need to Know How the Red-Hot Wolverines
Michigan didn’t win the Big Ten regular-season title, but the Wolverines got hot at just the right time to claim their conference championship tournament while pulling off a pair of upsets in the process. Now, the third-seeded Wolverines have the look of a team that could beat anyone in the country as they hit their Final Four matchup against upstart Loyola-Chicago as the second hottest team still standing.
— Michigan Athletics (@UMichAthletics) March 27, 2018
If you’re looking to gather as much pertinent information about Michigan as possible prior to their Final Four showdown, then consider your ticket punched!
What: #11 Loyola (Chi) Vs. #3 Michigan
When: Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 6:09:00 P.M. ET
Where: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX
Stream: March Madness
Radio: 720 AN (Loyola-Chicago) / 950 AM (Michigan)
The Line: Michigan -6.5 -107
Michigan finished fourth in the Big Ten during the regular season, behind Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. However, the Wolverines won their final five regular-season games and then, four straight to claim the Big Ten conference tournament championship while upsetting Michigan State and Purdue in the semifinal and conference championship respectively.
Michigan averages a modest 74.1 points per game but shoots the ball very well from the field by making 47.0 percent of their shot attempts (56th) and 36.6 percent from three-point distance (95th). The Wolverines have just three double-digit scorers in Moritz Wagner (14.3 ppg), Charles Matthews (13.0 ppg) and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (12.8 ppg), but three other players contribute between 6.2 and 9.5 points per game.
Defensively, Michigan is outstanding in limiting the opposition to just 63.1 points per game to rank eighth nationally in points allowed. The Wolverines limited the opposition to just 42.4 percent shooting from the field (82nd) and 33.0 percent from three-point distance (77th).
Michigan was rock-solid in going 23-12-2 ATS this season while also going 16-19-2 O/U. The Wolverines hammered Montana 61-47 in their March Madness opener before getting super lucky down the stretch to beat Houston 64-63 in the second round. The Wolverines then blew Texas A&M off the court in their dominating 99-72 win in the Sweet 16 before squeaking past Florida State 58-54 in the Elite Eight. Winners of a dozen straight games, Michigan looks like a team that won’t go down without a fight!