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MI vs. Loyola-Chicago - 3/31/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

26 March 2018, 01:38 | Lucy Hill

Florida State rally falls short, Michigan advances to Final Four

Fifty-two out of 68 teams are done including North Carolina the defending NCAA champions and the University of Virginia this

"Sister Jean? Sister Jean's a problem", Livers laughed after MI (32-7) dispatched Florida State 58-54 to win the West Regional. Talent has made MI one of the last teams standing, but Florida State deserves some credit too.

Michigan's road to San Antonio was smooth and paved in maize - the Wolverines didn't face a team seeded higher than sixth. Florida State went 9-9 in ACC play and lost in the first round of the conference tournament, but still made the NCAA field and made an impressive run.

On the other end, up four, MI got the stop it needed and after Robinson grabbed the rebound, Florida State chose not to foul, even though there were 10 seconds left.

The Wolverines were last in the Final Four in 2013, also under coach John Beilein.

Q. With about a minute to go, you guys were down 55-52, and you let like half the shot clock go before you fouled.

Michigan's Wolverines would have a bit too much in a 58-54 win in this Elite Eight game at Staples Center.

This isn't to say you should always play the numbers like that.

FSU is outscoring the MI bench 9-0.

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The Wolverines (32-7) advanced to the Final Four in San Antonio, where next Saturday they will play surprising Loyola-Chicago, which advanced out of the South Region.

FSU continued to play well in front of the hostile crowd, grabbing a 23-19 lead before Abdur-Rahkman finally answered with a triple.

It kept No. 9 seed Florida State away from the rim, and as the Seminoles drove up the court with less than 20 seconds left, they looked discombobulated.

The Final Four? It couldn't have been further from the Wolverines' minds.

Charles Matthews led MI with 17 points and eight rebounds, Moritz Wager scored 12 on just 3 of 11 shooting and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored nine. Offensively, Loyola-Chicago has been led by Clayton Custer (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.5 spg), Donte Ingram (11.3 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), Marques Townes (11.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg), and Cameron Krutwig (10.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.8 apg). Loyola's best win came at Florida, and the team has won 14 games in a row. The Ramblers opened the game on a 15-5 run, took a 36-24 lead into the break and led by as many as 23 points in the second half. The Seminoles would not score again in the half. Then, a couple of FSU treys trimmed the lead to three points.

Whereas the Wolvernes shot 58.3 percent from 3-point range in their win over Texas A&M two nights earlier, they shot just 20 percent (2 of 10) from distance in the first 20 minutes as the Seminoles made it much more hard to get clean looks, seemingly creating a rhythm issue.

Florida State: The loss ended an incredible run for coach Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles, who hit their stride at the flawless time.



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