FSU coach Leonard Hamilton gives contentious interview after loss to MI

No. 3 MI beat No. 9 Florida State 58-54 to advance out of the West region at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The Seminoles went on a run to get within one possession in the final minute. Moe Wagner, who attempted just three shots in the first half, got going in the second, scoring seven of his 12 points after the break including back-to-back scores midway through the second half as MI started to pull away with 7:46 to go. Two nights after shooting lights out from three, MI struggled from long distance, hitting just 4-of-22 attempts.

It's why MI freshman Jordan Poole was counted on to hit a game-winning shot against Houston in the second round, and why he finished scoreless in two minutes of playing time against Florida State.

The Wolverines discovered early on that they wouldn't be able to run away from the Seminoles with the same ease they used in the Sweet Sixteen to dispatch Texas A&M, scoring 99 points on almost 62 percent shooting.

The Wolverines trounced Texas A&M by 27 points in the regional semifinals, hitting 10 of their 14 3-pointers in the first half. But regardless, it should be noted the Wolverines have done everything correctly this season - win or lose at the Final Four.

Florida State is in hot pursuit of its fourth straight NCAA Tournament upset in the West Region final. MI only made 66.7 percent of its free throws Saturday (16-for-24). As for Florida State, their were led by 16 points and 11 rebounds from Phil Cofer.

Jacobson added herself that she was grateful Hamilton came around to answer the question rather than walk away from the interview.

Leonard Hamilton's Florida State squad fell 58-54 to MI in the Elite Eight on Saturday night, but that's not what fans were talking about shortly after the final buzzer. There were times when Florida State's length was frustratingly bothersome.

He received a $200,000 bonus when the Seminoles made the 68-team field and an additional $50,000 for consecutive appearances.

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"That might change in the second half, but at the same time, we've got to understand we may not make shots, [but] we're still going to win the game with our defense".

It was a disappointing defeat, sure, but it wasn't necessarily too surprising, because at the time, MI simply wasn't that good. It was the first time both teams had majority black starters in the NCAA title game.

MI once again advanced thanks to their strong defense.

But it still proved enough to beat Florida State, which had plenty of opportunities to impose its will in the paint but simply couldn't execute, thanks to an equally game MI defense that forced the Seminoles to shoot 31.4 percent overall and 4 for 17 (23.5 percent) from 3-point range.

MI didn't shoot well, especially from 3-point range.

Michigan's winning streak ranks second in the country to the team it will play next: Loyola-Chicago, which has seen its own streak grow to 14 games during its Cinderella run.

The Final Four? It couldn't have been further from the Wolverines' minds.

The Ramblers took a big lead of 23 points in the first matchup of No. 11 and No. 9 seeds in a regional final.

  • Regina Holmes