Zavier Simpson scored 16 points, Ignas Brazdeikis had 15 and No. 2 Michigan beat Illinois 79-69 on Thursday night, improving to 16-0.
Michigan basketball coach John Beilein underwent a double-bypass heart procedure and is expected to make a full recover, the school said Tuesday.
John Beilein says he was never offered the Detroit Pistons’ coaching job, but if he had been, it would have been a tough decision. Beilein is now looking ahead to another season of college basketball after briefly emerging as a candidate for the Pistons. Not long after the news broke about Beilein’s talks with Detroit, he said he’d be back at Michigan.
Villanova players flash their fingers in a “V” symbol to celebrate big wins. For coach Jay Wright, that’s a finger for every national championship ring.
The Villanova Wildcats treated the Michigan Wolverines pretty much the same way they treated the rest of their NCAA Tournament opponents: like a practice squad.
Jay Wright’s custom-tailored suits are as sharp as Villanova’s 3-point shooting. The game-day attire for Michigan coach John Beilein is more reflective of his team’s emphasis on old-school fundamentals and defense.
Facing a team that shoots as well as Villanova, limiting the takes from 3-point range is about as important as limiting the makes.
Villanova has made more 3-pointers than any team in NCAA Division I history and fittingly set a Final Four single-game record for made 3s to reach Monday’s national championship game.
Moe Wagner, Charles Matthews and Michigan erased a 10-point second-half deficit and the Wolverines ended Loyola-Chicago’s storybook NCAA Tournament run with a 69-57 victory Saturday night in the Final Four.
The maddest of Marches is winding down, the college basketball season now headed into April.