The Michigan Wolverines continue to impress the entire country once again. The Wolverines just off another win in the Sweet 16 against Florida State with a final score of 76-58. Even without star player Isaiah Livers, Michigan has continued to dominate all of their tournament games. Michigan is also the last Big Ten team left playing in the tournament. Here are some of the factors that have gotten the Wolverines so far into the tournament.
Wolverine Players Stepping Up
The Michigan Wolverines are playing their hearts out night in and out. But with their leader Isaiah Livers not on the floor due to injury. Every player has to step up each game to get the job done. Players such as Chaundee Brown and Franz Wagner made the most significant difference on the floor. Brown has been lights out shooting the ball for the Wolverines the entire tournament averaging 55% from 3-point range. Wagner proved throughout the tournament to be elite on the defensive end for the Wolverines. Wagner has dominated the rebounding game in the contest and recently, against Florida State grabbed ten rebounds which made an enormous impact on the Wolverines.
Juwan Howard is Elite
Coach Juwan Howard has proven to be one of the best coaches in college basketball. Coach Howard’s ability to make these changes due to Isaiah Liver’s being out has been very impressive. Howard has proven to make changes on the fly pre or post game.
Also, Howard is a good coach for his players on the court and his players’ mental side. Howard stated on giving his men confidence in the game, “If you break their confidence, then they will not be able to go out there and compete at a high level.”
Hunter Dickinson is a Beast
Hunter Dickinson has been the beast in the paint for the Wolverines all season long. The freshman leads the Wolverines in points, rebounds, and blocks per game. Just recently, Dickinson was named on the John Wooden All-American Team. That was Dickinson’s fifth All- American honors this season. Although Dickinson accomplished so much this season, he truly appreciates his teammates the most, especially the upperclassmen. Dickinson stated on upperclassmen leading the team throughout the tournament, “It helps me that the guys surrounding me have been in it.” per Brad Galli of WXYZ.
Michigan’s next game is on Tuesday when the Wolverines take on the UCLA Bruins. The game tip-offs at 9:57 pm on TBS. The winner of the game advances to the Final Four.