Michigan Wolverines play for the Final Four vs. Florida State

UNC Basketball: What loss to Texas AM means for the future

Michigan will try to become the first Big Ten team to make the Final Four since Wisconsin and Michigan State both did so in 2015.

And giving them up, in Michigan's case, can certainly lose a game.

This is easily John Beilein's best defensive team with the Wolverines. Now the Seminoles will be tested by a team that ranked third in defensive efficiency in the kenpom.com rankings. They propose different matchup problems and things like that.

OR coach Kelly Graves knows all about taking an 11-seed on a deep run in the NCAA Tournament.

The Wolverines have reached the Sweet 16 in four of the past six seasons. So much for the offensive slump that plagued MI against Houston and Montana.

The third-seeded Wolverines thoroughly dominated No. 7 seed Texas A&M in a 99-72 victory at the West Region on Thursday night, extending their winning streak to 12 games. It looked like Beilein went from basketball wizard to actual sorcerer, bottling the magic potion from freshman Jordan Poole's season-extender against Houston, loading it into his Super Soaker and drenching his players in warm-ups. He's leading the Wolverines with 16.3 PPG and 7 RPG in the NCAA Tournament.

MI scored the game's first basket and never conceded the lead, shooting 62 percent from the field and just under 68 percent in the second half.

"This senior right here played his tail off in every single way", MI coach John Beilein said. Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman had 24 points while Moe Wagner added 21, Charles Mathews also tossed in 18 points as the trio led MI to the monster win.

According to Vegas Insider, the Wolverines (31-7) have opened as a 4.5 point favorite over the Seminoles (23-11). If Wagner stays out of foul trouble against Florida State's big lineup, the Seminoles likely will be in trouble. The Seminoles are averaging 80.9 points per game, which is 35th in the NCAA. Mo Wagner had 21 and Charles Matthews had 18.

Wagner represents one of Michigan's biggest bodies as the Wolverines go up against No. 9 seed Florida State and its wave of big, athletic talent. They lost twice to Louisville, a team that didn't make the tournament.

During the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, A&M sophomore forward Robert Williams put the finishing touch on victories with an emphatic dunk. But, in the end, Florida State's high is quite incredible as well.

The great news for the Aggies is that they have three more seasons to watch Carter play and improve. The 37-1 Ferris State Bulldogs will play an NCAA Division Two national title Saturday afternoon against 36-3 Northern State of South Dakota.

13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games against a team with a winning percentage above.600.

Then Thursday night, the Seminoles shocked last season's runner ups, knocking off fourth-seeded Gonzaga, 75-60.

The Aggies (22-13) trailed by more than 20 points for most of the second half as the Wolverines won their 12th straight game and secured a spot in Sunday's West regional final.

THe Seminoles are 4-0 ATS in thier last 4 non-conference games and 6-2 ATS in thier last 8 neutral stie games overall.

-Florida State uses its height to its advantage.

Moe Wagner scored 14 points and Duncan Robinson added 10 for MI. The Wolverines are excellent on that side of the ball and it'll show tonight. My mom told me the other day that there are so many people that obviously know me from being little, but I don't know them. It also helps that they take decent care of the ball as well, turning it over fewer than 18% of their possessions.

Graves was asked if he had any advice for the No. 11 seed based off his past success as a lower seed.

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