The Michigan Wolverines meet with the Florida State Seminoles on Sunday afternoon in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. The winner will get the team that emerges victorious from the game between UCLA and Alabama.
On offense, Florida State will likely want to use its size to get downhill, especially with Gray and Barnes. The Seminoles have the shooters around non-threats Gray and Barnes to make that approach work: they hit 38.2 percent of their threes, which is 16th in the country per KenPom. They play fast as well — they were third in the ACC in tempo per KenPom, and have the athletes to make Michigan’s life really, really hard in the open court.
On another note: for whatever reason, the Seminoles have been somewhat up and down. Their 71-53 win over Colorado in the second round was their best win of the season, per KenPom, as the Buffs rank 10th. FSU lost by double digits to KenPom No. 84 Notre Dame and No. 103 Central Florida, had trouble pulling away from No. 181 Gardner-Webb, and had No. 173 Wake Forest take it to overtime. There’s no denying the Seminoles’ talent, of which there’s enough to beat anyone in the country, but there are some weird spots on their resume.
Teams: No. 1 Michigan Wolverines (22-4, 14-3 Big Ten) vs. No. 4 Florida State Seminoles (18-6, 11-5 ACC)
Time: Sunday, March 28, 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Television: CBS/CBS Sports App
Vegas: Michigan -2.5, over/under 143.5
KenPom Projection: Michigan 75-71, 65 percent chance of victory
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