As the two seed, MI will be a heavy favorite to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third straight season, yet nothing is a given when it comes to March Madness. Despite losing six games this season, three of which came from the Spartans, the Wolverines were named a No. 2 seed in the Division I NCAA Tournament, being placed in the West region of the bracket. Yet, that is looking way too far ahead and for the MI basketball team, the objective is simple: Win the four-team tournament with Montana, Nevada and Florida.
With arguably the best team he's had in Ann Arbor, John Beilein had an excellent opportunity to earn his third Big Ten regular-season championship and third Big Ten Tournament championship at MI. Despite both averaging over fifteen points per game, this should be easily handled by the number five ranked defense in the country (per ESPN).
Montana has the edge in experience in this game, and they won't be scared of the Wolverines.
Check out all of our March Madness previews & picks here. At least, that's how they should be coached to think about. Forward Jamar Akoh leads the team with 15.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game, but will unlikely suit up for this contest. Oguine might be the most talented player on the Grizz.More news: Washington's Big Question: Where's the Mueller Report?
Montana does have the ability to make shots, shooting 38 percent from the three-point line so far this season.
The Wolverines don't score the ball extremely well, but they are elite on the defensive end of the floor.
However, Michigan crumbled in the final 13:57 in each game. The Wolverines are familiar with the Grizzlies, and they won't be surprised by anything they run.
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MI began its run to last year's NCAA title game by beating an opponent from the Big Sky Conference.
"It's Montana again", Beilein told reporters. Neither team is great on offense, and this has all the makings of a low-scoring game.
Wolverines coach John Beilein is more anxious about the opponent than the seeding. Look for Montana to keep this game close, but the Wolverines are going to win this game. During that span, Michigan State outscored the Wolverines by 13 points in the first game at the Crisler Center, 20 points in the second game at the Breslin Center and 11 points in the third game at the United Center.More news: Chad Kelly pleads guilty to trespassing