Michigan Wolverines

Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Michigan, Tennessee made key adjustments to reach Tourney's second weekend
Sweet 16 Preview and Picks: Michigan Wolverines vs. Tennessee Volunteers

Transformation is one of the key words for both Michigan and Tennessee as they reached the Sweet 16.

The top players for both teams have transformed themselves from last season. Michigan's Nik Stauskas added muscle to make him much more than a spot-up jump shooter. Meanwhile, Tennessee’s Jarnell Stokes lost 10 pounds to become a more mobile and versatile big man.

But beyond individuals, both teams had to transform through the course of the season.

15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

These teams were dominant, but none were able to win it all in the NCAA Tournament
15 Best Teams That Did Not Win the NCAA Tournament

Gonzaga entered the 2021 NCAA Tournament with an opportunity to make history by going undefeated but the heavy favorites fell to Baylor in the national championship game. As great a season as the Bulldogs had up to that point, they will always be remembered for the one loss, and they aren't alone.

 

In fact, the 2020-21 Gonzaga Bulldogs barely make the list of the 15 best college basketball teams whose paths to championship glory were cut off by the single-elimination, one-and-done roadblock that is March Madness.

 

Florida State Seminoles vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Defensive-minded Seminoles look to knock off the top-seeded Wolverines for spot in the Elite Eight
Florida State Seminoles vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

The 2021 NCAA Tournament has certainly featured its share of shocking, bracket-busting upsets through the first two rounds. But there's one Sweet 16 matchup this weekend that many expected to happen.

 

The No. 1-seeded Michigan Wolverines will face the No. 4 Florida State Seminoles in the East Region semifinal on Sunday in the highest-seeded matchup of the Sweet 16. Of the nine Big Ten teams that made the NCAA Tournament, Michigan is the last one standing after defeating LSU in the Round of 32.

 

LSU Tigers vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Top-seeded Wolverines look to avoid the upset against the Tigers
LSU Tigers vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

East Region No. 1 seed Michigan gets its first test of the NCAA Tournament on Monday night against No. 8 LSU. The Wolverines are coming off an 82-66 victory over 16 seed Texas Southern. Mike Smith led four double-digit scorers with 18 points in a game whose outcome was never really in doubt.

 

LSU clamped down on defense, holding No. 9 St. Bonaventure to just 61 points in a 76-61 victory. Cameron Thomas was awesome with 27 points while getting to the line 13 times overall. The Tigers out-rebounded the Bonnies 49-30 in the win.

 

Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Two of the nation's best defensive teams collide in Orange County
Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 Preview

Michigan's run to the national championship game a season ago went through Southern California. The Wolverines return, this time opening the West Regional against an opponent that fell short of its Final Four dreams a year ago, Texas Tech.

 

Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

Upset-minded Gators take on the Wolverines in Des Moines for a spot in the Sweet 16
Florida Gators vs. Michigan Wolverines Prediction: NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview

After their upset victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the 10th-seeded Florida Gators will now face a bigger challenge as they take on the second-seeded Michigan Wolverines.

 

Florida defeated No. 7 seed Nevada 70-61 behind 16 points from Kevarrius Hayes and 15 from Jalen Hudson. The Gators held the Wolf Pack to just 34.5 percent shooting from the floor and they fared even worse from 3-point range (5-for-24).

 

Michigan Basketball: Wolverines Team Preview and Season Prediction 2018-19

Last season's runner-up loaded for another run
Michigan Wolverines 2018-19 Basketball Team Preview and Prediction

After back-to-back runs that saw the Wolverines make the 2013 national title game and the 2014 Elite Eight, Michigan basketball dipped back to the pack in 2015 and 2016. The roster was depleted by early NBA entries and injuries. In that pocket of time, John Beilein learned a thing or two about keeping a train on the tracks. 


“Now we are going to continue to keep this thing going where it is,” says the coach, who was pursued by the Detroit Pistons this summer before opting to return to Ann Arbor.

8 Red-Hot Teams to Watch in Your 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Michigan is one of the hottest teams in the country entering the Big Dance
8 Red-Hot Teams to Watch in Your 2018 NCAA Tournament Bracket

Once the 68-team field for the 2018 NCAA Tournament was announced on Sunday night, there were millions of people filling out brackets for office pools, websites or just for fun with their friends. Each year there is a favorite to cut down the nets in April.

 

Everyone knows about the Virginia Cavaliers, Duke Blue Devils, and Kansas Jayhawks, but who are some of the other hot teams headed into the Big Dance?

 

Pages