The (#7) University of Michigan men’s basketball team didn’t play any games last week, after winning the Big Ten Tournament the week before. They finished the regular season with a record of 28-7 (13-5 in the Big Ten).
They spent the week off resting, practicing, and waiting for their matchup in the NCAA Tournament. They got it: they are the #3 seed in the West Region, and they will play the #14 seed, Montana, in Wichita, Kansas on Thursday (03/15/2018), at 9:50 p.m. EDT, on TBS.
Montana finished their regular season with a record of 26-7 (16-2 in the Big Sky). They won their conference regular season and tournament championships. They have no impressive wins, and a few surprising losses (Penn State, UC Santa Barbara, Stanford, Washington, Eastern Washington, and Idaho). They have a couple big guys (6’10” and 7’0″), but they’re both freshmen. The 7-footer has scored 13 points this season and averages 1.8 minutes per game, and the 6’10” guy is apparently being redshirted. So, Moritz Wagner and Jon Teske should control the lane, which is a key to Michigan’s success. This is a team that Michigan can handle, but they have to play the way they have in the last nine games: under control, and with poise.
If Michigan can get by Montana, they will face the winner of the #6 seed (Houston) vs. the #11 seed (San Diego State) game on Saturday (03/17/2018), for a trip to the Sweet 16.
Check back next week for all the details.