Michigan hangs on to earn a trip to Final Four

Seminoles swarm overwhelm Zags with committee approach

Seminoles swarm overwhelm Zags with committee approach

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"What are you talking about?" he said, minutes after Florida State's run had finished.

The third-seeded Wolverines held the ninth-seeded Seminoles scoreless for the final 4 1/2 minutes of the half.

Wagner picked up his fourth foul with 6:43 to go and headed to the bench, but Florida State could never get closer than three. The Wolverines forced Florida State into 15 turnovers, and scored 12 points off those takeaways. The Seminoles shot 31.4 percent, just 23.5 percent (4 of 17) from deep.

The Wolverines will take on the Ramblers next Saturday at San Antonio.

"In the minutes immediately following (the loss) I was interviewed by Dana Jacobson of CBS", Hamilton said in a statement Sunday afternoon.

Coach Leonard Hamilton's surprising Seminoles are trying to reach just the second Final Four in their school's history.

MI forward Moritz Wagner, left, celebrates after scoring as he runs by Florida State center Ike Obiagu during the first half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional final Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Los Angeles.

The Wolverines trounced Texas A&M by 27 points in the regional semifinals, hitting 10 of their 14 3-pointers in the first half.

Jacobson: "You didn't think your guys could get back in it, put them on the line if they miss those shots". Michigan's offense was by no means prolific, but on a night when they themselves shot 38.8 percent, that was more than enough to win with their defensive effort.

MI will face Loyola-Chicago in the national semifinals in San Antonio. Donte Ingram added 12 points and had a team-high eight rebounds for the Ramblers. If we fouled them, they'd be up four and we'd come down and we still would not be able to win the game. Louisiana State (1986), George Mason (2006) and VCU (2011) also were No. 11 seeds.

"I know that she didn't have Loyola-Chicago in the Elite Eight", Wagner said.

Loyola, looking to extend its 13-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the nation, has answered every challenge from the Wildcats.

Loyola-Chicago started hot, making its first three 3-pointers, to take a 36-24 halftime lead over Kansas State in the NCAA South Regional final on Saturday night. The Ramblers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 40.0 shooting from beyond the arc.

"I've never seen a team work so hard and be so connected on both ends of the floor", MI coach John Beilein said. The Ramblers haven't made it back to another Final Four. So we're ... basically going up against Loyola of Chicago and Sister Jean.

Wichita State of the Missouri Valley made it in 2013.

MI held off a late Florida State rally and hung on for a 58-54 win over Florida State in the West Regional Semifinal.

Time to punch the first two tickets to the Final Four.

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.

MI might be the favorite, but few will be surprised if Loyola is playing for a national championship next Monday.

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