Nothing But ‘Net – Week #22 – 03/25/2019 – Sweetness

The University of Michigan men’s basketball team played two games last week as the 2-seed in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines (IA), and they won both games. On Thursday (03/21/2019), they beat (15-seed) Montana 74-55, then on Saturday (03/23/2019), they beat (10-seed) Florida 64-49. The two wins raise Michigan’s record to 30-6.

Time for more Questions & Answers:

Q: Sweetness?

A: Hey, it’s the Sweet Sixteen again, baby! Sure, both wins were against teams that Michigan was supposed to beat, but that doesn’t mean much in the NCAA Tournament. Ask (4-seed) Kansas State (lost to 13-seed UC Irvine) or (5-seed) Wisconsin (lost to 12-seed Oregon). Upsets happen all the time in the Big Dance, and as a 2-seed, Michigan’s job is to avoid upsets and live to play another game.

This will be Michigan’s third trip to the Sweet Sixteen in a row, and the fifth time in the last seven years. Only two other teams (Purdue and Kentucky) have been to the Sweet Sixteen in each of the last three years.

Q: So, what happened?

A: Michigan played two good, solid games this week, and won both games convincingly.

In the Montana game, Michigan jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead with 14:26 to go in the 1st half, then kept extending it, until it was 17 points (25-8) with 6:22 left. Montana got as close as 11 points (32-21 with 2:00 to go), but Michigan still lead by 13 (34-21) at halftime. Montana scored the first 5 points of the 2nd half, to get within 8 points (34-26), but that was as close as they got. Michigan went on a 10-0 run to put the game comfortably out of reach (44-26 with 16:12 left), and kept building on the lead, peaking at 27 points (66-39 with 6:01 to go). It was still 26 points (72-46 with 3:24 left) when Coach Beilein emptied the bench for three and a half minutes of “garbage time”.

The Florida game was much closer, especially in the 1st half. Florida was ahead by 2 points (6-4) with 17:11 to go, when Michigan went on a nice 11-0 run to lead by 9 points (15-6) with 13:59 left in the half. Florida fought back, and got the lead back (23-21) with 6:47 to go in the half. Michigan closed the half on an 11-5 run to lead by 4 points (32-28) at halftime, then came out and started the 2nd half with an 11-0 run to push the lead up to 15 points (43-28) with 17:46 to go. Florida hung around, and got as close as 6 points (43-37), but Michigan kept the lead in the 7-9 point range for the next 12 minutes. Michigan finally pulled away at the 5:10 mark (55-44), and kept the lead over 10 points the rest of the way.

Q: How were the game stats?

A: OK, nothing earth-shaking.

In the Montana game, Michigan shot well overall (25-for-51 = 49.0%), they shot 3-pointers pretty poorly (5-for-17 = 29.4%), and they shot free throws quite well (19-for-24 = 79.2%). They won the rebounding battle handily (39-30), but they uncharacteristically lost the turnover battle (12-10). They won this game with defense, holding Montana to 33.3% shooting (20-for-60).

In the Florida game, Michigan shot decently overall (24-for-57 = 42.1%), they shot 3-pointers decently (7-for-21 = 33.3%), and they shot free throws pretty well (9-for-12 = 75.0%). They crushed Florida on the boards (42-29), but they lost the turnover battle again (10-9). Once again, they won the game with defense, holding Florida to 34.5% shooting (19-for-55).

Q: Who looked good for Michigan?

A: All the mainstream players had a good week:

  • Jordan Poole was the only Michigan player to hit double figures in both games, with 10 points vs. Montana and a team-high 19 points vs. Florida. He didn’t shoot particularly well in the Florida game (5-for-15), but he shot often.
  • Charles Matthews was finally back to 100%, after playing hurt in the Big Ten Tournament two weeks ago. He was the high scorer for Michigan in the Montana game with 22 points, and he almost hit double figures in the Florida game, with 9 points. He had 10 rebounds vs. Montana, for a double-double. He played some great defense.
  • Jon Teske only hit double figures in one game (11 points vs. Montana), but he got close in the Florida game (8 points). He also contributed on the glass, with 9 and 10 rebounds, and with solid defense.
  • Ignas Brazdeikis had a good game vs. Montana (14 points) and a lousy game vs. Florida (5 points). He did play good defense.
  • Isaiah Livers almost hit double figures in both games, with 8 and 10 points. His soaring dunk vs. Florida with 4:42 left in the game was the “dagger”. It was brutal.
  • Zavier Simpson didn’t score a lot of points (4 and 9), but he did have a lot of assists (10 and 9). He also played excellent defense. He did have more turnovers than usual (4 and 3), but he still had 19 assists. He came close to a triple-double in the Florida game with 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 9 assists. A triple-nine.
  • Eli Brooks contributed 3 and 4 points off the bench, and gave the starters some valuable minutes of rest. He also played some good defense, and ran the offense pretty well while Simpson was on the bench.

Q: Who looked not-so-good for Michigan?

A: Nobody! Iggy didn’t look great in the Florida game, but everyone else looked pretty good in both games.

Q: Who else played in the tournament?

A: Coach Beilein emptied the bench in the closing minutes of the Montana game, and in the last minute of the Florida game:

  • C.J. Baird only played in the Montana game, but didn’t attempt a shot.
  • Colin Castleton played in both games, and attempted one shot vs. Montana. It missed.
  • Austin Davis played in both games, and attempted one shot vs. Montana. It missed.
  • David DeJulius played in both games, but didn’t attempt a shot.
  • Brandon Johns, Jr. played in both games, and attempted one shot vs. Montana. He made it, making him the only “deep bench” player to score this week.
  • Adrien Nuñez played in both games, but didn’t attempt a shot.
  • Luke Wilson only played in the Montana game, but didn’t attempt a shot.

Q: What did we learn this week?

A: We learned that Michigan can win the games they’re supposed to win in the Big Dance. This is more important than it might seem. There are so many upsets, big and small, in the NCAA Tournament, and avoiding them is crucial. Michigan has all the talent they need, they just need to work on the mental side of the game. Winning these two games convincingly should help their confidence.

Q: What’s next for Michigan?

A: Michigan continues play in the NCAA Tournament, as the 2-seed in the West Region. The next two rounds for Michigan are played in Anaheim (CA) on Thursday and Saturday. On Thursday (03/28/2019, 9:39 p.m. EDT, CBS), they play (3-seed) (#9) Texas Tech. If they win that game, they’ll play on Saturday (03/30/2019, TBA, CBS/TBS) against the winner of the (1-seed) Gonzaga/(4-seed) Florida State game.

Texas Tech is currently 28-6, with impressive wins over West Virginia (twice), Kansas State, Oklahoma (twice), Kansas, and Iowa State, and losses to Duke, Iowa State, Baylor, Kansas State, Kansas, and West Virginia. They’ve got a couple 6’10” guys, but no real superstars. This is a game that Michigan can win, but they have to play with the same intensity they’ve shown in the first two games of the tournament.

Q: How’s the rest of the NCAA Tournament going?

A: Pretty well. The Big Ten is doing fairly well, with 3 of the 8 teams that started play still alive in the Sweet Sixteen:

Eliminated

Iowa (10-seed in the South Region) – Beat (7-seed) Cincinnati, lost to (2-seed) Tennessee

Maryland (6-seed in the East Region) – Beat (11-seed) Belmont, lost to (3-seed) LSU

Minnesota (10-seed in the East Region) – Beat (7-seed) Louisville, lost to (2-seed Michigan State)

Ohio State (11-seed in the Midwest Region) – Beat (6-seed) Iowa State, lost to (3-seed) Houston

Wisconsin (5-seed in the South Region) – Lost to (12-seed) Oregon

Still alive

Michigan (2-seed in the West Region)

Michigan State (2-seed in the East Region)

Purdue (3-seed in the South Region)

In the first two rounds, some of the medium seeds have been knocked off:

  • (4-seed) Kansas in the Midwest Region
  • (4-seed) Kansas State in the South Region
  • (5-seed) Marquette in the West Region
  • (5-seed) Mississippi State in the East Region
  • (5-seed) Wisconsin in the South Region
  • (6-seed) Maryland in the East Region
  • (6-seed) Villanova (the defending champs) in the South Region
  • (6-seed) Iowa State in the Midwest Region
  • (6-seed) Buffalo in the West Region

That’s it for this week. Check back next week to see how Michigan did.

Go Blue!

Nothing But ‘Net – Week #21 – 03/18/2019 – Hey, 10 Out Of 11 Ain’t Bad

The (#10) University of Michigan men’s basketball team played three games last week as the 3-seed in the Big Ten Tournament in Chicago, and they won two and lost one. On Friday (03/15/2019), they beat (5-seed) Iowa 74-53 in the quarterfinals, on Saturday (03/16/2019), they beat (7-seed) Minnesota 76-49 in the semifinals, then on Sunday (03/17/2019), they lost to (1-seed) (#6) Michigan State 65-60 in the championship game. The two wins and one loss leave Michigan with a record of 28-6.

Time for more Questions & Answers:

Q: 10 out of 11?

A: Despite coming up short in the last minute of the championship game, Michigan set a new Big Ten record when they won their first two games of the tournament. Combined with a 4-0 record in 2017 and a 4-0 record in 2018, they are the only Big Ten team to ever win 10 Big Ten Tournament games in a row, which is quite an accomplishment. But, oh how that last one would have been sweet…

Q: So, what happened?

A: Michigan played two of their better games of the season in the wins over Iowa and Minnesota. In the Iowa game, they trailed early (6-4 with 18:35 to go in the 1st half), then went ahead for good, 7-6. The lead was in the 4-6 point range for most of the 1st half, with a quick 11-4 run in the last 4:37 to make it a comfortable 40-27 lead at halftime. Iowa got within 10 points (40-30) in the first minute of the 2nd half, then Michigan pulled away and got the lead as high as 26 points (72-46 with 4:25 to go) before clearing the bench. It was a fun, low-stress game.

Michigan did even better in the Minnesota game. Michigan never trailed, although Minnesota did tie the game twice (11-11 and 13-13) early in the 1st half. Once Michigan started pulling away, the game was over. They were doubling Minnesota (38-19) at halftime, and they pushed the lead as high as 35 points (74-39) before clearing the bench again. It was another fun, low-stress game.

The MSU game was anything but low-stress. It was close and tight for most of the 1st half, with MSU leading by 3-5 points. Michigan tied it up (17-17) with 7:01 left in the half, then went on a beautiful 14-6 run to end the half up 8 points (31-23). Michigan extended the lead to 13 points (39-26) with 17:12 to go, and still led by 12 points (41-29) with 15:40 to go, when they hit another dry spell. MSU went on a slow 15-5 run to cut the lead to 2 points (46-44) with 10:33 to go. They tied it up (48-48) with 7:15 left, but Michigan clung to a slim lead until the 1:19 mark, when MSU tied it up again (60-60). MSU went ahead for the first time in 26 minutes (62-60) with 28 seconds left. Michigan tried a shot with 13 seconds left, missed, and the ball went out of bounds. The original (correct) call was “Michigan ball”, but the miserable refs looked at the replay for a while and gave the ball (and the game) to MSU. The last 3 points for MSU were inconsequential. The game was decided when the refs gave MSU the ball.

Now, I’m not saying that Michigan would have scored 2 (or 3) points in the last 13 seconds to tie it up or win it, but they stood no chance once the refs gave MSU the ball. It was a disgraceful way to end an exciting game.

Q: It sounds like you’ve got some complaints about the refs?

A: The refs didn’t matter in the first two blowout wins, and they were mostly OK for most of the MSU game, but when the chips were down, they sucked. They blew that last call, and there’s no other way to put it.

Q: How were the game stats?

A: Actually, the stats were good-to-very-good in all three games. Better in the two wins, of course.

Because there was extended “garbage time” in both of the wins, I’ve removed the parade of missed shots by the deep bench players in the two wins. Michigan had very good stats in those two games, and the garbage time numbers really make the final stats look way worse than they really were. If you want to see the official stats, follow the links.

In the Iowa game, Michigan shot well overall (27-for-56 = 48.2%), they shot 3-pointers pretty well (10-for-26 = 38.5%), and they shot free throws decently (8-for-12 = 66.7%). They won the rebounding battle (40-37) and the turnover battle (7-11). By the way, in this game, the garbage time players contributed 1-for-6 shooting overall, 0-for-4 from 3-point range.

In the Minnesota game, Michigan shot very well overall (32-for-55 = 58.2%), they shot 3-pointers very well (10-for-21 = 47.6%), and they shot free throws perfectly, if not very often (2-for-2 = 100%). They won the rebounding battle handily (37-27) and the turnover battle barely (7-8). The garbage time numbers for this game were even worse: 0-for-7 overall, 0-for-5 from deep.

In the MSU game, Michigan didn’t shoot very well overall (21-for-51 = 41.2%), they didn’t shoot 3-pointers very well (8-for-25 = 32.0%), but they did shoot free throws well (10-for-12 = 83.3%). As usual when they play MSU, Michigan got hammered on the boards (38-29), but they did win the turnover battle (6-9). Looking at the stats, this was an incredibly close game that was decided by the refs, not the players.

Q: Who looked good for Michigan?

A: A few players had a good tournament:

  • Ignas Brazdeikis had a great tournament. He was the leading scorer in two games (Iowa and MSU), and the 3rd leading scorer in the other game (Minnesota), with 15, 13, and 19 points. He hit lots of big 3-pointers, and he played good defense.
  • Isaiah Livers also had a great tournament. After starting the last three games of the regular season in place of the injured Charles Matthews, he came off the bench in these three games, and he delivered. He scored 13, 21, and 8 points, and was the high scorer in the Minnesota game. Those 21 points are a new career high for him. He shot very well in that game (8-for-10 overall, 4-for-6 from deep).
  • Zavier Simpson had a good tournament, although he had a tough time against MSU. He hit double figures in the two wins (10 and 15 points), but he only had 6 points vs. MSU. Even more than his scoring, he set a new Big Ten Tournament record with 30 assists in three games (11, 9, and 10), against only 2 turnovers. He had a double-double in the Iowa game, with 10 points and 11 assists.
  • Jordan Poole almost hit double figures in all three games: 11, 9, and 13 points. Unfortunately, his poor 3-point shooting in the MSU game (2-for-9) really hurt.
  • Jon Teske also almost hit double figures in all three games: 12, 5, and 10 points. He had 10 rebounds each in the Iowa and MSU games, for two double-doubles. He played excellent defense.
  • Eli Brooks contributed off the bench, with 6, 5, and 2 points. He also played some good defense, and ran the offense pretty well while Simpson was on the bench.

Q: Who looked not-so-good for Michigan?

A: Only one player had a rough tournament:

  • Charles Matthews was back from his ankle injury, and it didn’t seem to bother him, but he just didn’t do much out there. He just kind of drifted around, and shot a mid-range jumper every now and then. He did play good defense, but he didn’t score many points: 5, 8, and 2.

Q: Who else played in the tournament?

A: Coach Beilein emptied the bench in the closing minutes of the two blowout wins:

  • C.J. Baird attempted two 3-pointers vs. Iowa, and one more vs. Minnesota. They all missed.
  • Colin Castleton played in all three games, and attempted one shot vs. Minnesota. It missed.
  • Austin Davis attempted one shot in the Iowa game, and made it. He attempted one shot in the Minnesota game, and missed it. He was the only “deep bench” player to score.
  • David DeJulius attempted one 3-pointer vs. Iowa, and two 3-pointers vs. Minnesota. They all missed.
  • Brandon Johns, Jr. attempted two shots against Iowa, one of them a 3-pointer. They both missed. He didn’t attempt a shot vs. Minnesota.
  • Adrien Nuñez didn’t attempt a shot vs. Iowa. He attempted two 3-pointers vs. Minnesota. They both missed.
  • Luke Wilson didn’t attempt a shot vs. Iowa. He attempted one shot vs. Minnesota. It missed.

Q: What did we learn this week?

A: We learned that Michigan is as good as MSU, but can’t overcome bad officiating.

Q: What’s next for Michigan?

A: Michigan plays in the NCAA Tournament, starting this week. Despite coming in 3rd in the regular season Big Ten standings, and losing to MSU in the Big Ten Tournament championship game, Michigan is still a 2-seed, in the West Region. They open play on Thursday (03/21/2019, 9:20 p.m. EDT, TNT) vs. (15-seed) Montana in Des Moines, IA. If they win that game, they’ll play the winner of the (7-seed) Nevada/(10-seed) Florida game on Saturday (03/23/2019, TBA, TBA) for a trip to the Sweet 16.

Montana is currently 26-8 (16-4 in the Big Sky). They won their conference tournament for the 2nd year in a row, and they’re facing Michigan in the first round of the NCAA tournament for the 2nd year in a row. Last year, Michigan beat them 61-47 in a game that was a lot closer than the final score would indicate. They didn’t beat anyone noteworthy in the regular season, and they lost to some not-too-impressive opponents: Georgia Southern, Creighton, UC-Irvine, Arizona, Portland State (twice), Eastern Washington, and Northern Colorado. They have a little height (a couple 6’10” guys) and no superstars. Michigan should be able to beat them, as long as they play a reasonable game.

Q: What do you think about Michigan’s seed/placement in the NCAA Tournament?

A: I think that it’s great! After losing to MSU three times in the last three weeks, I was expecting a 3-seed or even a 4-seed, so a 2-seed is very generous. It’s the same seed that MSU got. It’s obvious that the tournament committee realized that Michigan and MSU are dead even this season, despite the game results.

As far as placement, I’d much rather be a 2-seed in a region with Gonzaga than Duke. The other teams in Michigan’s half of the West Region aren’t particularly scary: (3-seed) Texas Tech, (6-seed) Buffalo, and (7-seed) Nevada.

That’s it for this week. Check back next week to see how Michigan did.

Go Blue!

Nothing But ‘Net – Week #20 – 03/11/2019 – Oh Well…

The (#7) University of Michigan men’s basketball team only played one game last week, and they lost it. On Saturday (03/09/2019), they lost at (#9) Michigan State 75-63. The loss leaves Michigan with a final regular season record of 26-5 (15-5 in the Big Ten). Michigan finished in 3rd place in the league.

Time for more Questions & Answers:

Q: Oh well?

A: Yeah, oh well. Thanks to Purdue’s unexpected loss at Minnesota on Tuesday, the Michigan/MSU game was for a share of the Big Ten title, and Michigan lost that chance. It would have been great to beat MSU on their home floor for Senior Night on national TV and grab a share of the Big Ten title, but it didn’t work out. Fortunately, there are still other goals out there for Michigan to aspire to: a 3rd consecutive Big Ten Tournament title, and a national title.

Q: So, what happened?

A: Michigan played a good, solid game for the first 26 minutes of the game, then fell apart for the last 14 minutes. UM led by 12 points (35-23) with 3:12 left to go in the 1st half, but MSU cut the deficit in half by halftime (35-29). Michigan stretched the lead to 8 points (48-40) with 13:57 left, then went stone cold. Over the next 8 minutes, MSU went on a devastating 25-4 run that put the game out of reach (65-52 with 5:58 left). Michigan never got any closer than 10 points the rest of the way.

Q: How were the game stats?

A: Not very good. Michigan shot pretty poorly overall (25-for-62 = 40.3%), they shot 3-pointers fairly well (8-for-22 = 36.4%), and they shot free throws well (5-for-7 = 71.4%). They were absolutely crushed on the boards (46-20), but they won the turnover battle (5-12). MSU outscored UM from the free-throw line 23-5. Along with the 26 rebound edge, UM stood no chance.

Complete stats here.

Q: Who looked good for Michigan?

A: A few players had a good game:

  • Ignas Brazdeikis had a good game, until he fouled out 5:10 left. He scored 20 points, including 3-for-3 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Jordan Poole was the only other Michigan player in double figures, with 15 points. He didn’t shoot very well: 6-for-15 overall, 3-for-7 from deep.
  • Jon Teske almost hit double figures (8 points), and did his best defending MSU’s smaller, more agile post players.
  • Eli Brooks had one of his better games of the Big Ten season, with 5 points, including a 3-pointer.

Q: Who looked not-so-good for Michigan?

A: Everyone else:

  • Zavier Simpson had his worst game in a while, when UM needed him the most. He scored 6 points on terrible shooting: 3-for-13 overall, 0-for-3 from deep. He usually plays good defense, but he couldn’t slow down MSU’s Cassius Winston (23 points).
  • Isaiah Livers started in place of Charles Matthews again, and he had a mediocre game: 5 points on 2-for-6 (1-for-4 from deep) shooting.
  • Colin Castleton was the backup center again this game, and he didn’t do much: 2 points in 9 minutes.
  • David DeJulius played 7 minutes, and scored 2 points, on 1-for-5 shooting.
  • Brandon Johns, Jr. played 13 minutes, and missed his only shot.

Q: Who else played this week?

A: Coach Beilein played a couple bench players in the last minute: Austin Davis and Adrien Nuñez. Neither of them attempted a shot.

Q: What did we learn this week?

A: We learned that Michigan still can’t deal with adversity. It’s been a problem all season. This team has the talent to beat anyone in the country, but the mental part of the game is what trips them up. When the going gets tough, especially on the road, Michigan often folds.

Q: What’s next for Michigan?

A: Michigan plays in the Big Ten Tournament this week, in Chicago. As one of the top four seeds, Michigan gets a double bye, and begins play in the quarterfinals on Friday (03/15/2019, 9:30 p.m. EDT, BTN) against the winner of the game on Thursday between (#6 seed) Iowa and the winner of the game on Wednesday between (#14 seed) Northwestern and (#11 seed) Illinois.

If Michigan wins on Friday, they advance to the semifinal round Saturday (03/16/2019, 3:30 p.m. EDT, CBS) against the winner of Friday’s game between (#2 seed) Purdue and the winner of Thursday’s game between (#7 seed) Minnesota and (#10 seed) Penn State.

The two top seeds on the other side of the bracket are (#1 seed) Michigan State and (#4 seed) Wisconsin, and the championship game in on Sunday (03/17/2019, 3:30 p.m. EDT, CBS).

Michigan has won the last two Big Ten Tournament championships in a row, for an 8-game winning streak. They are seeded much higher this season than they have been the last two seasons. We’ll see if that helps.

The complete bracket is here.

That’s it for this week. Check back next week to see how Michigan did.

Go Blue!

Mr. March

Mr. March

Drew Montag

03/04/2019

 

 

Tom Izzo, Michigan State’s basketball coach, has a reputation for being “Mr. March”. The accepted wisdom is that his teams round into form and start playing their best basketball when March rolls around. Let’s look at the last three seasons, and compare that to Michigan’s record in March over the same period:

 

Michigan State

Michigan

Regular season

0-3

2-1

Big Ten Tournament

2-2

8-0

NCAA Tournament

2-2

7-1

Totals

4-7

17-2

“Mr. March” indeed.

Here are all the game results, in case you don’t believe it.

Michigan State:

2016-2017

03/01/2017 L 73-70 Illinois (Regular season)

03/04/2017 L 63-60 Maryland (Regular season)

03/09/2017 W 78-51 Penn State (Big Ten Tournament)

03/10/2017 L 63-58 Minnesota (Big Ten Tournament)

03/17/2017 W 78-58 Miami (FL) (NCAA Tournament)

03/19/2017 L 90-70 Kansas (NCAA Tournament)

2017-2018

03/02/2018 W 63-60 Wisconsin (Big Ten Tournament)

03/03/2018 L 75-64 Michigan (Big Ten Tournament)

03/16/2018 W 82-78 Bucknell (NCAA Tournament)

03/18/2018 L 55-53 Syracuse (NCAA Tournament)

2018-2019

03/01/2019 L 63-62 Indiana (Regular season)

Michigan:

2016-2017

03/01/2017 L 67-65 Northwestern (Regular season)

03/05/2017 W 93-57 Nebraska (Regular season)

03/09/2017 W 75-55 Illinois (Big Ten Tournament)

03/10/2017 W 74-40 Purdue (Big Ten Tournament)

03/11/2017 W 84-77 Minnesota (Big Ten Tournament)

03/12/2017 W 71-56 Wisconsin (Big Ten Tournament)

03/17/2017 W 92-91 Oklahoma State (NCAA Tournament)

03/19/2017 W 73-69 Louisville (NCAA Tournament)

03/23/2017 L 69-68 Oregon (NCAA Tournament)

2017-2018

03/01/2018 W 77-71 Iowa (Big Ten Tournament)

03/02/2018 W 77-58 Nebraska (Big Ten Tournament)

03/03/2018 W 75-64 Michigan State (Big Ten Tournament)

03/04/2018 W 75-66 Purdue (Big Ten Tournament)

03/15/2018 W 61-47 Montana (NCAA Tournament)

03/17/2018 W 64-63 Houston (NCAA Tournament)

03/22/2018 W 99-72 Texas A&M (NCAA Tournament)

03/24/2018 W 58-54 Florida State (NCAA Tournament)

03/31/2018 W 69-57 Loyola-Chicago (NCAA Tournament)

2018-2019

03/03/2019 W 69-62 Maryland (Regular season)