Former Michigan players react to Final Four berth

Leonard Hamilton Leonard Hamilton fsu

Leonard Hamilton Leonard Hamilton fsu

They have defeated a more impressive slate of teams (ACC third-place team Miami, SEC regular-season co-champ Tennessee and Mountain West champ Nevada, a Kansas State team that downed Kentucky) than MI in the tournament. They held Florida State to 32% shooting from the field while forcing 15 turnovers. The Wolverines weren't at their best offensively, shooting a weak 38.8%, however they were able to silence the Seminoles by holding them to 32% shooting.

The Wolverines led for the entire second half, but it was rarely comfortable. Michigan's biggest lead was 10 points with 2:21 left in the second half, but the Seminoles scored the next seven points and had a chance to tie it. The Wolverines reached the final in 2013 but lost to Louisville in the championship game - a title the Cardinals were later forced to vacate.

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Florida State made it a 56-54 game when Phil Cofer, its leading scorer with 16 points, tipped in a missed shot with 22.0 seconds left.

Hamilton seemed annoyed and offended by the line of questioning, and almost walked away from the interview entirely.

The reporter asked Hamilton why his team chose not to foul MI while down 4 points with about 10 seconds left in the game. "That might change in the second half, but at the same time, we've got to understand we may not make shots, (but) we're still going to win the game with our defense". Should he get some slack for being emotional after what surely was a crushing defeat? Next weekend, MI will have to face NCAA Tournament darling Loyola-Chicago, which is in the Final Four as a No. 11 seed.

Robinson grabbed the rebound and the Seminoles opted not to foul the strong MI shooter.

Overcome with emotion, Wolverines forward Moe Wagner - who finished the game with 12 points, six rebounds and two steals - praised his teammates for filling in when he got into foul trouble and when his shots failed to fall.

Loyola-Chicago's unexpected run through the NCAA men's basketball tournament has stretched into the Final Four. Kansas State was denied its attempt to return to the Final Four for the first time since 1964. "His point was well taken".

But this isn't any ordinary 11 seed.

"I know that she didn't have Loyola-Chicago in the Elite Eight", Wagner said. Michigan's winning streak is now up to 13 straight, and their dazzling defense has been a key in each win.

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I am taking the points with Loyola-Chicago in this contest.

And with MI up by four, Florida State allowed the Wolverines to dribble out the clock without fouling again.

MI might be the favorite, but few will be surprised if Loyola is playing for a national championship next Monday.

The result was the kind of offensive performance that was typical for most teams in this tournament - just not those coached by Beilein, who has burnished his reputation over the past four decades as one of its most innovative offensive minds.

For Saturday night's South Regional final, the Ramblers' elder statesmen are sitting immediately behind the Loyola bench.

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Instead, it was Florida State that imposed its will, forcing MI into more turnovers (eight) than field goals (seven) in the first half.

- Charles Odum reporting from Atlanta. So far, those futures bets are looking pretty good as they've now advanced to the Final Four. On the other was Florida State, known for its length, athleticism and nonstop defensive effort. First up, a no. 9 seed or an 11.

It would have taken a miracle, but this is the NCAA Tournament after all.

Using a 9-0 run late in the game, Wolverines edged the Seminoles at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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