Moe Wagner was outstanding in Michigan’s Final Four win against Loyola-Chicago on Saturday night. The 6-foot-11 forward propelled the Wolverines into the National Championship Game with 24 points and 15 rebounds.
Those numbers have been seen in a national semifinal just twice before in the last four decades: by Larry Bird and Hakeem Olajuwon. But maybe what stood out even more about Wagner’s night to Villanova coach Jay Wright was his 1 assist.
As Michigan pulled away from the 11th-seeded Ramblers, Wagner found Charles Matthews on a back cut and delivered a crisp bounce pass through traffic.
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“In the Loyola game, he shot-faked with his right hand and threw a left-handed bounce pass back door for a layup,” Wright recalled at a Sunday news conference. “Who does that? You don’t see point guards do that. He has the ability to beat you in any way.”
Wagner presents Wright and the Wildcats with their biggest potential problem on defense in the National Championship Game. And Wright said that he knows Villanova will not be able to shut Wagner down entirely.
“I’ll be honest with you we’re still watching film. I’m not sure I’ve got the answer yet. We have a little bit of a plan in mind,” Wright said when he was asked how his team will defend the German-born junior. “…. I think he’s one of those players that you’re not going to shut him down. You just gotta hope you can minimize his influence on the game. I think that’s what we’re going to try to do.”