Former Michigan players react to Final Four berth

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates after scoring against Florida State on Saturday. | Alex Gallardo  AP

Michigan forward Moritz Wagner celebrates after scoring against Florida State on Saturday. | Alex Gallardo AP

"They must be a really good team, that's why they're in the Final Four, and that's all that matters".

MI shot just 66 percent from the line as a team on Saturday and missed four free throws in the final four minutes of the game.

They scored 99 points in the regional semifinal and 58 in the final, a 41-point swing that is the largest two-game scoring difference by any team in this year's tournament.

FSU then proceeded to win three consecutive games as underdogs of one point, six points and five points before covering the spread against No. 3 seed MI. Moe Wagner, who attempted just three shots in the first half, got going in the second, scoring seven of his 12 points after the break including back-to-back scores midway through the second half as MI started to pull away with 7:46 to go.

They were still in the Staples Arena stands almost an hour after the game, maybe 150 Seminole fans, waiting and cheering for each FSU player and coach who emerged from the locker room after the NCAA West Region final game to decide whether it would be an all-Cinderella bracket in San Antonio.

Leonard Hamilton didn't want to address why he opted not to foul at the end of Saturday's game. We weren't making free throws.

MI will face No. 11 seed Loyola Chicago in the Final Four next Saturday (March 31) in San Antonio, Texas.

But when it came down to it, Michigan's defense was better. "We just take everything one day at a time and we stay connected through it all".

Matthews was able to get to the rim early and often, and when MI needed a bucket late in the shot clock, he was able to deliver.

"Nobody knew who this team was coming into the season", said Associate Head Coach Stan Jones. MI only made 66.7 percent of its free throws Saturday (16-for-24).

Jacobson said they could have put MI on the line and hope for a miss, but Hamilton rolled his eyes and almost walked out of the interview when she suggested that. Junior guard Charles Matthews led MI with 17 points and eight rebounds. Hamilton was dismissive when Jacobson questioned why Florida State did not foul trailing by 4 points with 13 seconds left, at one point turning his back to the reporter as if he was going to walk away.

By Sunday night, there will be four teams left in college basketball. Florida State managed only two points in a 10 ½-minute stretch spanning halftime, and MI took a 10-point lead before Cofer led the Seminoles back into it.

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