FSU coach Leonard Hamilton gives contentious interview after loss to MI
Mar 26, 2018, 00:33
So it was weird seeing Leonard Hamilton react like Dana Jacobson just asked him to solve a quantum physics equation.
The exchange overshadowed FSU's furious rally to get back in a contest that was controlled early by MI. But the Wolverines raced through that event, winning four games in four days to claim a second straight tournament title. Because the sophomore guard admitted on Saturday after MI punched its ticket to the Final Four that he doesn't know about Sister Jean, Loyola-Chicago's famous 98-year-old chaplain.
Despite shooting a paltry 38.8 percent overall and going 4 for 22 (18.2 percent) from 3-point range, the third-seeded Wolverines managed to clamp down on the ninth-seeded Seminoles enough to claim a 58-54 victory in the West Region final and advance to next weekend's national semifinals in San Antonio.
But with the backing of a loud fan base at Staples Center, Michigan has forced 14 turnovers by Florida State, allowing the Wolverines to stay in it despite no field goals from German center Moe Wagner, who dropped 21 points on Texas A&M. MI jumped to an early lead, but Florida State rallied back with a 10-3 surge to a two-point lead midway through the first half. Donte Ingram added 12 points and had a team-high eight rebounds for the Ramblers.
"She's got a lot of mojo going through that team".
Photo Charles Matthews, who scored a game-high 17 points, and Duncan Robinson after MI held on for a narrow victory.
Florida State and MI were engaged in a tighter affair.
Cofer tipped in a missed shot with 24 seconds left, trimming Michigan's lead to 56-54. The thing about Michigan's team, they are not totally defined by one particular player. The betting line at some books was MI as a 4.5-point favorite, and a free throw on the line could have covered the spread.
P.J. Savoy's 3-pointer made it a one-possession game with 1:17 remaining.
MI once again advanced thanks to their strong defense.
For a certain segment of folks that non-foul was even more significant.
The Wolverines, as expected, struggled against the depth and athleticism of the Seminoles, but managed to pull through, as FSU didn't foul MI players in the closing seconds for some reason, and also turned the ball over 16 times, which statistically made the biggest difference. "... The game was over".
As the video indicates, it appears Hamilton seriously thought about just walking away before thinking better of it. "They're a really good team", he said.
". That's uncharacteristic. Our kids fought their butts off to get themselves in position to give themselves a chance to win". This victory might not contribute many big plays to the highlight videos of this March run, but it's special: MI set its school's single-season record for wins, surpassing the 1993 and 2013 squads.
"They did a good job throughout the whole year", he said of his players.
"I've been watching them. They had a fantastic finish".
It is more than 2,200 miles from Ann Arbor to Los Angeles, but the legions of Wolverines fans crammed into Staples Center made this game feel like it was at Crisler Arena on Michigan's campus.
The Wolverines seemed to need all of those cheers to survive an off-shooting night.
The crowd included Rudy Tomjanovich, the MI alumnus and former Lakers coach, who watched in Wolverines gear near court side. The crowd included Rudy Tomjanovich, the MI alumnus and former Lakers coach, who watched in Wolverines gear near courtside.
"I don't know who Sister Jean is, no disrespect", he said. "We're still going to win the game with our defense". Against Texas A&M, they shot the lights out, scoring 99 points.
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