It is a return to the championship stage that MI reached last season and walked off with a championship.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi listed the Cornhuskers among his "First Four Out" entering the day, which makes the loss all the more concerning. "We have to win to stay alive and we have to keep on winning from here on out to keep our season alive". Notre Dame, Ohio State, Minnesota, Michigan, and Penn State are essentially tournament locks through the first round of conference postseason series. But as we all know, it takes more than one guy to win a championship. "But like I said, we're not going to let this affect us in the future". While his normal scoring partner Vincent Edwards struggled in this one, senior center Issac Haas picked up the slack, going for 17 points and seven rebounds.
There's no doubt Wagner is Michigan's best player.
"It's all fun, getting the energy in the building and the juices flowing", Matthews said."We had to show them that - they have fight in them - but we've got fight in us as well".
MI coach John Beilein said Simpson and Matthews have really been working on free throws before and after practice. For the Wolverines, four of five starters scored in double digits and Michigan more than tripled Michigan State's attempts at the free throw line, 33 to 10.
The 6-8, 300-pounder got off to a sluggish start, but made up for that with an incredible second 20 minutes.
"They got some goals that were a little deflating, and I don't think we responded as well as we could". "They just did a good job of taking up that space and being able to force him into tough shots". Austin was a disappointing 2-of-14 from the field and finished with just six points.
Michigan shot a torrid 66.7 percent from the field in the second half to finish at 44.7 percent while beating Michigan State for the second time this season. Michigan and Michigan State arm-wrestled between timely 3-pointers and fruitful drives - a stark contrast from the previous, lackluster 20 minutes. Still, it was not enough to counter Michigan's balanced approach that featured five players finishing with at least 12 points scored. "To be honest with you, I didn't really care", Wagner said of his first-half woes. - Through the fanfare, the cavernous Madison Square Garden and cascading spotlights, Duncan Robinson knew he didn't have to say goodbye to it all. A university investigation found that family members had dinner with an agent past year. Andy Katz of NCAA.com said its best path to the Big Dance likely would have been to reach the Big Ten title game to prove it can beat an elite team outside of Ohio State. We really felt their support. "It was a sweet sight to see Zavier's shots just go right through the middle". The Wolverines were the No. 4 seed and defeated Iowa and Minnesota on its way to the title game. With Michigan leading, 13-6, with 15:36 left in the first half, Michigan State's Nick Ward was whistled for a technical after he went nose-to-nose with Charles Matthews.
"Even if we didn't run our offense as clean as we want, we got a lot of looks that we wanted and a lot of shots that we usually make", Winston said. Beilein recalled saying. "Because right now you're stinking the place up. And then we were playing catch-up".