Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes. Michigan's John Beilein led MI to the title game back in 2013, but the Wolverines came up short against the Louisville Cardinals.
For the second time in five years, the Michigan Wolverines men's basketball team will be playing for a national championship. They'll have to do a better job rebounding than they did in some of their few losses. "They're No. 1 for a reason. The way we play is to make people take the tough contested 2s".
MI comes into the game with 14 wins in row. However, that wasn't always the case. The game-day attire for MI coach John Beilein is more reflective of his team's emphasis on old-school fundamentals and defense.
It started in the film room the next day.
Brunson carries a unique quality, as he showed on multiple occasions he can back down defenders in search of a basket and a trip to the free-throw line. "We had a letdown". "I don't think you can ever do the numbers of the three-stars and two-stars that turn out to be five-stars in four years and the five-stars that turn out to be three-stars in four years".
After Michigan wrapped up the first national semifinal Saturday by finally putting away Loyola, Beilein didn't get a chance to tune into the Villanova-Kansas game until after halftime.
"It was one of those nights when everything went in", Wright said. They hit 18 shots from beyond the 3-point arc to set a Final Four record, breaking the previous mark of 13. Holding the Ramblers to shooting just 10% from three-point range while garnering ten steals, the Wolverines were incredibly tenacious at not only preventing Loyola-Chicago from taking high percentage shots but were also especially adept at disrupting the Ramblers usually efficient ball facilitators, particularly in the second half. No hyperbole. The Wildcats (35-4) already have the NCAA record for 3-pointers in a season with 454, the NCAA Tournament record with 66 and blew past the Final Four record with 18 against Kansas. As a team, MI is scoring 73.9 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 66.2% from the foul line this season.
That's 29 attempts per game.
"He's unbelievable. He's one of those dynamic scorers from the post, he's a great passer, made some unbelievable passers today with both hands", Villanova assistant coach Ashley Howard said.
"They can all shoot", MI center Moe Wagner said. They too played for a National Championship under Beilein and went on to play professional. You know what? It's not supposed to be easy. However, equally impressive to the Wildcats shooting capabilities are their unselfish athletes that possess the instincts and patients to find their open shooters on a consistent basis (20 assists against Kansas). MI also has a pleotha of guards and wings who will make life hard for Villanova.
Villanova leads the country in offensive efficiency at 1.27 points per possession. The game will be played in San Antonio, Texas. Brunson and Bridges were a combined 0-for-9 from deep yet the Wildcats still won, 71-59. Brunson leads Villanova with an average of 19.2 points and 4.7 assists per game while Spellman leads the Wildcats in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game this season.
Moritz Wagner was scintillating against Loyola-Chicago with 24 points and 15 rebounds while shooting 10 of 16. Of Michigan's starters, only one was ranked in the top 100 as a recruit, Charles Matthews. "They're a really good team".
"It's very good - we've been very unselfish this year", redshirt junior guard Phil Booth said Sunday.
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