Michigan basketball Latest Updates 2022: Second Half Bounce Sends Michigan Basketball to Round of 32
Michigan basketball Latest Updates 2022: A 15-point comeback is the biggest win in the NCAA tournament since 2018
A second-half bounce sent the Michigan Wolverines into the second round of the NCAA Tournament when they defeated No. 6 seed Colorado State, 75–63, in the opening round.
The win sets a school record with at least one win in six consecutive tournaments.
The Wolverines looked steady in the first half. The movement of the ball indicated a snare, while Rams continued to shoot shot after shot, taking a 28–13 lead.
“We were stable because (Colorado State) had a great defense,” said head coach Juwan Howard. “(The Rams) are a very competitive team, a very skilled team, and they are well trained.”
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After trailing the Rams by 15 points in the first half, Michigan led Colorado 62-35.
The return of 15 points is the biggest comeback in the men’s NCAA Tournament since 2018.
Howard said Michigan had to get back into its habits to get back in the game.
“Defensively, we had to do a better job against that three-point line,” Howard said. “Aggressively, we needed to take our time. We gifted us a lot of assets (Colorado State) along with our nine turnovers. Our meat and potatoes have been playing inside us, and our people really did. together under the leadership of Hunter Dickinson.
Dickinson led all scorers with 21 points on shooting 8-10 from the field.
But the main story was freshman guard Frankie Collins, who made the season debut on the biggest stage of his youth collegiate career.
“I’ve always been impressed by his skills, and I think his style fits our style of play,” Howard said.
Collins stepped in for injured point guard DeVante Jones, who did not go to Indianapolis with the team after inadvertently injuring an elbow-to-nose practice.
Collins dropped 14 points with six rebounds to help the men advance to the next round at Mecca.
“They just told me to be Frankie, and I loved going to the sport,” Collins told the Associated Press. “It’s just basketball. I’ve been practicing and playing basketball my whole life, so I’ve been doing things I’ve been working on throughout my career.”
The Wolverines will face Tennessee Saturday (March 19) in the Round of 32, a chance to become the sixth double-digit seed to advance to Sweet 16, their fifth consecutive appearance.