Michigan basketball defeats Wofford, advances in the NCAA Tournament

For the second year in a row, Michigan played a sloppy opening game. This game was never as close as the game against South Dakota State Jackrabbits, but it wasn’t the blowout expected. The Wolverines defeated the Wofford Terriers 57-40, despite going cold in the second half.

For much of the season, Michigan’s defense was the main concern. The Terriers were held in check for the entire game, and they only shot 34 percent from the field. Wofford only made one three pointer, and saw their main scorer go 8-20 from the field.

The first half started out well for Michigan, as they ended up 14-22 from the field. Glenn Robinson III in particular was shooting well, and at one point scored seven consecutive points.

Robinson was the main scorer, but it was a team effort. At the 9:39 mark, the score was 16-9 and seven players had scored for the Wolverines. Michigan was up 34-20, and had a lot of momentum going into the half.

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Jordan Morgan throws down a dunk

Wofford would threaten in the second half, but it never gotten closer than 10 points. The Wolverines continued to push through and would eventually keep pushing the lead. A sequence where Robinson found Morgan for a layup, then Robinson tipped in a Morgan list, and then it was Caris LeVert who hit a three. This would put the Wolverines up 15, and the Terriers would never get any closer.

From that point, it was Derrick Walton, Jr. and Nik Stauskas who hit a couple more three pointers to ice the game.

Stauskas was the high point man with 15, making a little over 50 percent for the game. Robinson wasn’t quite as efficient, but he scored 14 for the Wolverines. Jordan Morgan was the other Michigan player to reach double digits, getting a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

LeVert and Walton were the main ones creating offense for Michigan, as the duo had 9 of the Wolverine’s 15 assists.

Wofford was suffocated by Michigan’s defense, and the Terriers couldn’t hit any shots. Karl Cochran scored 17, and Justin Gordon scored eight. It was a tough ending for Wofford but one that was expected.

Michigan will play the winner of Texas-Arizona State. The Wolverines are again favored, and are looking to a potential Sweet Sixteen matchup with Duke.

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