The No. 1-seeded University of Michigan men’s basketball team is heading to the Elite Eight after a dominating 76-58 win over No. 3-seeded Florida State.
Michigan (23-4) scored 50 percent of its points in the paint and 24 points off turnovers. Brandon Johns Jr. had 14 points, six rebounds, two steals and two assists. Hunter Dickinson added 14 points, eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists. Franz Wagner collected a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds, and added a team-best five assists. Chaundee Brown Jr. also scored in double figures with 12 points.
Johns scored six of Michigan’s first nine points as Wolverines took an early 9-6 lead. A 10-2 Wolverines run followed to give them a 19-8 edge with 10:44 remaining in the first half. After back-to-back
baskets by Florida State, Brown answered with a bucket off a turnover. Michigan scored 16 points off 10 FSU first-half turnovers.
After a dunk by the Seminoles, Dickinson scored four points on his own and Michigan grabbed its largest lead, 27-14, and carried a 32-21 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Michigan was 8-for-11 from the free-throw line, while the defense held the Seminoles to 10-for-30 shooting, including 0-for-7 from long range.
Florida State looked as though it would make a big second-half push, scoring 15 of the first 22 points including two straight three-point baskets. Their first baskets from behind the arc cut the Seminoles deficit to five, 41-36, at the 14:51 mark.
Michigan responded with authority, going on a 7-0 run with Austin Davis claiming four points and Mike Smith three.
A minute later, and holding a nine-point lead, Michigan scored the next six points during a 12-2 run to push their lead to 62-43.
The Wolverines went up by an even 20 points after Wagner had a block and drew a foul after which he hit back-to-back free throws.
Michigan kept going, and registered its largest lead, 23 points, with 1:10 remaining to put the game out of reach for Florida State.
Michigan will take on No. 11 seed UCLA on Tuesday (March 30) at 9:57 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game — the Wolverines’ 15th all-time Elite Eight appearance — will be broadcast live on TBS.