Michigan and LSU’s second-round tussle was exactly the game everyone predicted, but in the end, Michigan proved that it still has some of the magic that has made this season special.
The Wolverines and Tigers went back-and-forth for two hours, exchanging enough runs-to-love that it felt more like a tennis match than a basketball game. All of the mismatches on the scouting report, in both directions, were exploited. LSU freshman Cam Thomas went for 30 while LSU threw creative traps to slow down Hunter Dickinson.
The Tigers made big shots early, but Juwan Howard’s team made the key plays when it mattered. Michigan made the better coaching adjustments, hit the bigger shots, and got the more important stops to advance to the Sweet 16, where Florida State awaits on Sunday.