FREE! Florida State vs Michigan live stream NCAA Sweet 16 TV channel
They lost their footing towards the end of the season and limped through the ACC tournament but after a couple of convincing wins early during March Madness, there is a newfound optimism surrounding this team.
Watch Here :: https://watchlivenow.org/ncaam-live
Michigan has been seen as a top 3 team for the majority of the season. A lot of that perception came from their dominance of what was thought to be the toughest conference in college basketball, finishing with a 14-3 record in the Big 10.
Second-year head coach and former Wolverine player (as well as former Wizards player under Leonard Hamilton) Juwan Howard should get a lot of the credit for this standout season. He has constructed a well-balanced roster loaded with great shooting and dominant inside presence.
Transfer point guard Mike Smith has matured into a distributor who is a lethal weapon if left alone. Franz Wagner, Isaiah Livers, and Eli Brooks all shoot above 40% from beyond the arc, but none of that really makes a one seed. You need a lynchpin. For Michigan, that lynchpin has been freshman Center, Hunter Dickinson.
Updates for Sweet 16: New FSU shirts for March Madness
Dickinson does everything well. He has the size to take advantage of smaller players, he has the moves to finish around bigger players, and he has the vision and selflessness to share with his great shooters that spread the court.
On the surface, these things seem to spell doom for the Seminoles. However, things aren’t always what they first seem. The Seminoles are heading back to the Sweet 16 after defeating the No. 5 seed Colorado Buffaloes 71-53 on Monday night. The two teams went back and forth in the first half, but the Seminoles pulled away in the second with a 47-point half.
Florida State got an excellent performance from Anthony Polite, who scored a career-high 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. Polite also shot 4-of-7 from behind the arc. He carried the offensive workload for the Seminoles as Walker (7) and Raiquan Gray (9) were both held under 10 points. Defensively, the Seminoles held the Buffs to only 35.7% shooting from the field and 24% from three-point range.
The Wolverines survived a first half scare from the No. 8 seed LSU Tigers to win 86-78 on Monday night to advance. The Wolverines will be going back to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2019.
Michigan had four players score in double figures led by Eli Brooks and Chaundee Brown, who had 21 points a piece. Brown’s 21 points off the bench gave the Wolverines a huge lift and was a difference maker on Monday. Franz Wagner had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Hunter Dickinson recorded a double-double consisting of 12 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wolverines shot 53.8% from the field and 40% from three-point ran The Florida State Seminoles have quietly put together a very solid season, bringing an 18-6 overall record into this matchup. The Seminoles thrive offensively, averaging nearly 79 points per game and shooting 47.4% as a team.
Despite their underdog status in this battle with the Michigan Wolverines, the Seminoles have quality matchups for each of the Michigan threats. If the Florida State Seminoles can come out of the gates hot, they could shock the Wolverines and advance to their second Elite Eight in the past three years.
Florida State big man RaiQuan Gray could be a huge factor on Sunday, matching up against the Wolverines' seven-footer Hunter Dickinson. The 6' 8" junior would be at a height disadvantage, but his career-high 51% field goal percentage should make up the difference.
Averaging a team-high 6.5 rebounds to go along with 12 points per game, RaiQuan Gray has established himself as one of the top bigs in the ACC. If Gray is able to shut down the Michigan Wolverines' star center, the Florida State Seminoles should compete until the final buzzer.
The Michigan Wolverines stayed strong in their second-round victory despite star forward Isaiah Livers being sidelined due to a foot injury. Livers went out during the Big Ten Tournament, but the Michigan Wolverines marched on without a hitch and are the favorites in this matchup.
Michigan's offense averages just over 76 points per game, allowing just 66 at the defensive end. If their bench can continue to give quality minutes as they have in recent games, the Wolverines should be well on their way to the Elite Eight.
The Big 10 has shown in the tournament that it was probably not the monster conference that metrics were making it out to be. Cumulatively they are 6-7 with many of those 7 being big upsets.
Isaiah Livers, probably the Wolverines most experienced player, is out for the remainder of the season leaving them short on exchangeable wings.
Dickinson is incredibly talented but is still a freshman. He has to contend with one of the better offensive centers in the country in FSU’s Balsa Kopravica.
Also, the Wolverines don’t match up well with the Seminoles schematically. This point is best served with film.
While Michigan might be the weakest one seed remaining they are still a one seed. They deserve their spot in the rankings and it's never easy to topple the top dogs of a region. FSU has their work cut out for them. If they want to keep their hopes of a long tournament run alive, they have to come with something to prove on Sunday.