ESPN analyst Jay Bilas was impressed by No. 1 Michigan’s 76-58 victory over No. 4 Florida Sate in the Sweet Sixteen on Sunday afternoon.
Bilas took to Twitter to talk about Michigan’s performance in a video where he highlighted what stood out to him.
“Michigan’s win over Florida State to get to the Elite Eight was really impressive. First, Michigan owned the tempo. They were able to slow Florida State down, they kept the Seminoles out of transition. They also took advantage of Florida State’s turnovers in the first half,” Bilas said.
Bilas went on to get into the x’s and o’s of things and how Michigan executed their game-plan. Bilas gave props by name to Hunter Dickinson, Eli Brooks, Franz Wagner, and Brandon Johns.
“Michigan got contributions from everyone and they took advantage of Florida State’s switching. Hunter Dickinson would come out and set high ball screens. They were almost ghost screens, he never made contact, then he would just roll a guard down into the post. And then whenever a catch was made by Michigan, usually by Franz Wagner, it would be a catch on the run. Eli Brooks, a catch on the run, and they would be able to turn the corner, get downhill, bring help, and then they were able to drop it off. It was just a clinic on the offensive end,” Bilas said. “Michigan shot 49 percent for the game, they limited Florida State’s three-point attack. 5-for-20 for the Seminoles, it was a rough night for Florida State. But how about the contribution from Franz Wagner. He had thirteen points, ten rebounds, five assists. And Brandon Johns, who’s really filling in for the injured Isaiah Livers, was terrific with 14 points, 6 assists, and a couple of rebounds, a couple of big steals.”
Michigan has made this terrific tournament run without wing Isaiah Livers, who suffered a foot injury in the Big Ten Tournament and will miss the remainder of the UM’s run. That fact isn’t lost on Bilas, who sees Michigan team who is surging despite not having one of their best players and biggest leaders on the court.
“Michigan’s in the Elite Eight without Isaiah Livers. They can win again,” Bilas said.
Michigan takes on UCLA in the Elite Eight on Tuesday night.
What an impressive win for Michigan. pic.twitter.com/9gG3rBhHAJ— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 28, 2021