The Elite Eight matchup between No. 3 seed Michigan and No. 9 seed Florida State came to a close Saturday night and the Wolverines hung on with a 58-54 victory to advance to the Final Four in San Antonio.
There, Michigan will play No. 11 seed Loyola-Chicago. That Final Four semifinal game will be played on March 31.
In the Wolverines’ 4-point win over Florida State on Saturday, Charles Matthews led all scorers with 17 points. Both teams had just two players score at least 10 points in the game.
Michigan shot 38.8 percent from the field and just 4 of 22 from 3-point range. Florida State shot 32 percent from the field and made 4 of 17 3-pointers.
After the game, Michigan coach John Beilein talked with the media.
What John Beilein said after Michigan’s win over Florida State
Directly after the game on the court: “Especially with the way we had to win it there. We hadn’t been a great foul-shooting team all year and that sort of exposed itself, but when Duncan Robinson got fouled, I felt a little bit of relief. Just a little bit. It’s just a great win for us.
“We’re shooting 33 percent. I said, that might change in the second half, but at the same time, we have to understand that we might not make shots. We’re still going to win the game with our defense. We have to hang in there, don’t give them second shots and take away the 3-ball and drive. We did great on defense.
“Well, I haven’t watched one minute of [Loyola-Chicago’s] games, but all I know is that …. they are terrific. They are similar to us. They are solid at defense, have shooters all over the floor and it’s going to be a tough one. But let me enjoy this moment before we think about the Ramblers.”
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