The Wolverines won their final five games of the regular season, cruised through the Big Ten tournament and are now riding a 13-game winning streak as they make the eighth Final Four appearance in program history.
MI held off a late Florida State rally and hung on for a 58-54 win over Florida State in the West Regional Semifinal. Jacobson asked Hamilton why he chose not to foul, and the coach seemed like he felt blindsided.
Hamilton flashed an annoyed look, and Jacobson added, "Coach, a four-point ball game, it's a question that the guys were asking at the end of our game".
Senior guard Ben Richardson scored a season-high 23 points as Loyola-Chicago pummeled Kansas State 78-62 on Saturday in the South Regional final of the NCAA Tournament at Atlanta, Ga.
Phil Cofer got Florida State's only two field goals in the last 7 1/2 minutes before the break.
Yet, 45 days later, not only is MI bound for San Antonio, it hasn't lost since.
MI last made the Final Four in 2013, when the Wolverines lost in the national title game to Louisville.
The Michigan Wolverines played tremendous defense in their 58-54 victory over #9 Florida State on Saturday night.
Ask five players on the MI team what has changed since that trip to Chicago and you'll get different answers: toughness, focus, defense, being able to switch correctly on ball screens.
"You're wondering why Florida State didn't foul to keep extending the game", Miller said. But Florida State could not have played harder. Nobody could have anticipated Michigan's opponent in the Final Four Saturday in San Antonio.
"They call themselves the junkyard dogs", Beilein said, referring to Florida State's nickname for its defense.
Not so for Wagner, the 6-foot-11 forward plucked out of Germany by coach John Beilein. "That just continued to help my confidence grow and my teammates believe in me and I believe in them so it has just been a special feeling". The expected path was different, but they were able to defeat Montana, Houston, and Texas A&M to get to the regional final. "We did a great job on defense".
MI had a distinct home-court advantage from thousands of vocal fans packed into the lower bowl of Staples Center. The crowd included Rudy Tomjanovich, the MI alumnus and former Lakers coach, who watched in Wolverines gear near courtside.