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WATCH: Highlights from Michigan Basketball’s Sweet Sixteen win over LSU

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Breaking down the Wolverines gritty win to advance to the Sweet 16

The Michigan Wolverines leaned on their unsung players to provide the offensive oomph to keep up with the red-hot Tigers of LSU. Eli Brooks & Chaundee Brown combined for 42 points on 13-20 shooting, leading the Wolverines to an 8-point victory over the 8-seed, 86-78. The 21-point effort from Brooks was a career-high, remaining extremely efficient behind the three-point line and dishing out 7 assists, as well.

It didn’t start looking promising for the Wolverines. LSU star Cameron Thomas started the night 5-6 shooting, hitting fadeaway after fadeaway against anyone, and everyone matched upon him. The aforementioned Brooks & Brown in particular helped keep that gap sustainable with a few three-pointers until the Tigers shooting eventually cooled off. Michigan also had to fend off guard Javonte Smart, who hit tough floaters throughout the night to a 27-point effort of his own.

Despite Smart & Thomas combining for 57 points, it was defense that proved to be the difference-maker in the end. Franz Wagner, despite having a quiet first half, stepped up in a big way in the second. With a few strong defensive possessions and key baskets down the stretch, Michigan was able to pull out to as big as a 10 point lead and kept their distance in the last few minutes behind some solid free-throw shooting.

The Wolverines advanced to their fourth straight Sweet 16, where they’ll have the #4 seed Florida State Seminoles waiting for them.

Timestamps:

  • 00:00 - Intro
  • 00:27 - Highlights
  • 24:33 - Stats
  • 24:56 - 3 Key Points