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Michigan basketball 2021 Michigan Basketball. Containing LSU39;s Cameron Thomas primary .

Michigan basketball 2021 Michigan Basketball. Containing LSU39;s Cameron Thomas primary .
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Michigan basketball 2021 Michigan Basketball. Containing LSU39;s Cameron Thomas primary .

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Mon, 22 Mar 2021 17:00:00 -0700

After cruising past Texas Southern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan Basketball is set to square off with LSU in the second round

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Michigan Basketball is set to square off against the LSU Tigers Monday evening, with the opening tip scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

ET.  The game can be found on CBS.

Michigan cruised past Texas Southern 82-66 in the first round of March Madness.  The LSU Tigers beat St.

Bonaventure 76-61 in its first-round contest.

LSU finished the regular season strong, winning five of their last six games, only losing to Alabama 80-79 in the SEC Championship game.

The Wolverines will again lean on Brandon Johns, who is expected to start for the injured Isaiah Livers.  In 25 minutes of work against Texas Southern, Johns scored 11 points but only reeled in a pair of rebounds and added an assist.  Johns converted on six of his eight free-throw attempts.  The 6-foot-8 forward also buried one of his three shots from beyond the arc.

Michigan Basketball will need a better performance from guard Franz Wagner.  Wagner provided the Wolverines with an overall solid line in the first round of the tourney but moving forward, head coach Juwan Howard will expect his talented guard to score in double-digits.  Wagner converts on nearly 40% of his three-point shots, so his one for four in game one seems like a fluke.

The Wolverines need Wagner to be a consistent scorer if they hope to make a deep run.  Wagner scored nine points, added nine boards to go along with six assists against Texas Southern.  Wagner really stepped up on the boards aiding the often double-teamed sensational freshman center Hunter Dickinson.

One cause for concern was the Wolverines’ inability to score consistently inside during the first round.  Michigan was outscored a whopping 42-30 in the paint.  Dickinson was often double-teamed the second the ball was thrown into him.  Texas Southern forced Dickinson to turn the ball over six times.

Although Dickinson struggled on the glass, the good news is that the Wolverines were still able to out-board Texas Southern 38-28.  I don’t expect Dickinson’s struggles on the glass to continue, but there is a template here for LSU to work with Monday night.  The Tigers struggled on the glass all season, giving up nearly 33% of its defensive rebounds.  If the Wolverines can pull down about one of every three offensive boards, they should cruise to the Sweet Sixteen.

Expect to see the defense collapse on Dickinson the second he has the ball thrown inside, and the counter-attack is Dickinson needs to muscle his way to the rim or find the open outside shooter.  LSU is limited on the glass, but they do defend exceptionally well overall.  Opponents shoot just 29% from three against the Tigers.

Michigan Basketball will need Chaundee Brown and Austin Davis to play well for Howard off the bench.  Brown failed to score in round one, but Davis chipped in with seven points in ten minutes of work.  If Brown can mirror his season average of 7.4 points per game, it will bode well for the Wolverines.

Michigan Basketball needs to be aware of LSU’s freshman guard Cameron Thomas.  Thomas is a respectable scorer that averages nearly 23 points per game.  Thomas only shoots 40% from the field and 32% from beyond the arc at a high volume.

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Thomas played a team-high 39 minutes in the first round scoring 27 points and adding four boards and three assists.  Thomas converted on just seven of his 18 field goal attempts and two for seven from beyond the arc but shot eleven of thirteen from the charity stripe.

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. 1-seed Michigan basketball outlasted

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8 seed LSU, 86-78, in a back-and-forth second-round game of the NCAA tournament on Monday in Indianapolis

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Michigan basketball is headed to the Sweet 16. 

The Wolverines, the No.

1 seed in the East Region, outlasted No.

8 seed LSU, 86-78, in a back-and-forth contest on Monday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. 

The Tigers jumped out to an early lead to start the game and played exceptional offense. 

But Michigan responded in kind.

And it came up with key stops when it mattered the most. 

SHAWN WINDSOR:Michigan survives NCAA tournament scare, proves why it is class of the Big Ten

Eli Brooks and Chaundee Brown each scored 21 points, making a combined eight 3-pointers.

Hunter Dickinson scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

Franz Wagner was quiet in the first half — but scored nine points in the final five minutes, making Michigan’s last four field goals. 

The entire second half was made up of runs.

The Wolverines came out flat and ceded an 8-0 run that saw LSU draw numerous fouls on Dickinson and Franz Wagner.

Michigan punched right back with a 10-0 run that began with two 3s from Mike Smith and Brooks (the second of which materialized after LSU doubled Dickinson in the post).

Then, Dickinson left the game and LSU attacked the rim, putting together a 7-0 spurt. 

Again, Michigan had a response.

The Wolverines went on a 9-0 run, punctuated by a corner 3 from Brown, to retake the lead — this time for good. 

[ Michigan’s next opponent: Florida State advances by taking down Colorado ]

Brown was huge in the second half, scoring 14 of his 21 points.

And Wagner gave U-M a huge pick-up with his late offense and defense, as his length led to several late LSU misses — including a crucial miss from Cam Thomas with 34 seconds remaining and Michigan leading by six. 

LSU’s stars showed up to play. 

Thomas had 19 points in the first half and made five of his first six attempts — all contested shots of varying difficulty.

The freshman guard rose up over Michigan’s smaller guards and buried numerous long jumpers to give LSU the early lead.

Thomas eventually cooled off, making just two of his final seven attempts of the half, but his teammates were right there to pick up where he left off.

Javonte Smart and Trendon Watford combined for 17 first-half points, hitting a variety of floaters. 

SHAWN WINDSOR:Michigan more than capable of changing Big Ten’s narrative in NCAA tournament

The Wolverines trailed by as many as nine by battled their way back into the game with a combination of improved defense and efficient offense.

Juwan Howard made several adjustments, such as switching Dickinson onto Watford, that helped slow down the Tigers.

U-M’s offense, meanwhile, settled in despite poor outside shooting.

The Wolverines generated high-quality shots from outside but made just 4 of 12 3s.

Instead, they did their damage inside the paint.

Brooks had a team-high 13 in the first half with four assists, hitting 3 of 4 3s and attacking closeouts. 

Expect to see several Tigers playing at the next level.

The top trio of Thomas, Smart and Watford is as good as any and nearly carried LSU to an upset. 

Yet Michigan simply was the better team.

The Wolverines played better defense, forcing the Tigers’ stars to make tough shots.

They collapsed at the rim and provided help when one of their own was beat off the dribble.

They boxed out so that others could collect key rebounds.

Offensively, they shared the ball, especially when Dickinson was double-teamed down low.

Michigan proved it was one of the nation’s elite teams because of how well its top players operated in unison.

That was thrown off when star forward Isaiah Livers went down.

But the Wolverines still have plenty of juice.

And they’re headed to their fourth consecutive Sweet 16. 

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– March 23, 2021
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