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Michigan edges Florida State, will face Loyola in Final Four

26 March 2018

MI got through the South Regional to reach its first Final Four in five years and eighth time in program history.

Neither team looked very good in the first half, though.

Michigan's road to San Antonio was smooth and paved in maize - the Wolverines didn't face a team seeded higher than sixth.

Florida State made a nice run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, but it seemed that they called an end to their tournament earlier than necessary.

MI forced them to take a poor shot, and guard Duncan Robinson snatched the rebound to secure his team's first Final Four appearance since 2013.

However, this MI team is unlike any other John Beilein has had.

Florida State showcased resiliency throughout its loss to MI in the West Regional Final Saturday night.

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FSU shot 42.9% from the floor in the first half, hitting nine of 21 attempted shots.

Charles Matthews scored 17 points and MI earned its first Final Four berth since 2013 with a 58-54 victory over Florida State on Saturday night in the West Region final.

This isn't to say you should always play the numbers like that. MI was just a bit better down the stretch and came away with a 58-54 victory over FSU before a packed and very loud Staples Center.

Michigan's coach showed off some dance moves on the team bus late Saturday night, after the Wolverines had clinched a trip to the Final Four. FSU finished 23-12.

And even though it took every ounce of effort and energy, plus a lot of mental toughness, MI basketball got the win, beating Florida State 58-54, clinching a berth in the Final Four.

"You think the game came down to the final seconds of the game?"

Charles Matthews led MI with 17 points and eight rebounds, Moritz Wager scored 12 on just 3 of 11 shooting and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson each scored nine. He would also be in line for $150,000 if it reaches the national title game and an additional $500,000 if the Seminoles win their first national championship. After making almost 62 percent of their shots against the Aggies, the Wolverines are only 7 for 21 against the Seminoles.

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But the Wolverines' Charles Matthews hit a jumper, Zavier Simpson hit a layup and Duncan Robinson buried a three from the corner for a 54-44 lead with 2:24 to go.

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

Led by Ben Richardson's 23 points, the Ramblers shot 57.4 percent from the field in the NCAA South regional final.

"I thought we were fighting for respect", Savoy said in the quiet Seminoles locker room.

Florida State: The loss ended an incredible run for coach Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles, who hit their stride at the flawless time.

The Wolverines had made 6-of-14 shots at the 7:59 mark and only 1-of-7 triples against FSU's stout defense, but still tied it on two Wagner free throws.

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Michigan edges Florida State, will face Loyola in Final Four