Michigan Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Michigan Wolverines

Big Ten (28-6, 15-5)

Michigan made a big splash this season. By December 1st, the Wolverines had wins over Villanova, North Carolina and Purdue. And they were not just wins; Michigan demolished all three of those teams. After a 17-0 start, the Wolverines fell back down to Earth a little bit later in the season, but they only lost six games and head into the NCAA Tournament as one of the hottest and most talented teams in the country.
Big Wins: 11/14 at Villanova (73-46), 11/28 North Carolina (84-67), 12/1 Purdue (76-57)
Bad Losses: 1/19 at Wisconsin (54-64), 2/1 at Iowa (59-74), 2/12 at Penn State (69-75)
Coach: John Beilein
Why They Can Surprise:
Michigan plays some of the best defense in the country. The team allows just 58.8 points per game and the opposition shoots a mere 40.1 percent from the floor. It does not take much offense to win games when the opposition struggles to score that much. But, of course, Coach John Beilein has plenty of talented scorers on his roster. Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis leads the squad with 15.0 points per game and hits over 40 percent of his three-point attempts. As usual this is a team that has big men that can shoot and Brazdeikis is not the only one. Jon Teske is a threat to shoot the ball and so is reserve Isaiah Livers. Jordan Poole has emerged as the team’s most prolific outside shooter, connecting on 70 long balls so far this year. Jordan Matthews does drag down the team’s three-point shooting percentage, but the 6-6 senior guard is very effective attacking the basket.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Teams that rely heavily on three-point shooting often find the NCAA Tournament a difficult dilemma. One off shooting night and their tournament dreams are over. However, this Michigan team is not just a team that shoots the ball. Even though they will always have five shooting threats on the floor, this is a group that wins games by taking care of the basketball and playing good defense. Michigan will stay in every game because of that, but they will need to knock down some shots in order to reach the Final Four and beyond.
Probable Starters:
Zavier Simpson, Junior, Guard, 9.2 ppg, 6.6 apg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 spg
Charles Matthews, Senior, Guard, 12.0 ppg, 1.4 apg, 4.9 rpg
Jordan Poole, Sophomore, Guard, 12.8 ppg, 2.2 apg
Ignas Brazdeikis, Freshman, Forward, 15.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg
Jon Teske, Junior, Center, 9.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.2 bpg
Key Role Players:
Isaiah Livers, Sophomore, Forward, 8.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Eli Brooks, Sophomore, Guard, 2.5 ppg, 1.1 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 70.4 (239th in nation, 9th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 58.8 (3, 1)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.9 (153, 6)
Field-Goal Defense: 40.1 (21, 4)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.9 (147, 4)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 35.1 (135, 6)
Free-Throw Percentage: 69.4 (210, 8)
Rebound Margin: 0.1 (192, 10)
Assists Per Game: 13.3 (183, 7)
Turnovers Per Game: 9.0 (1, 1)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over Montana
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Houston
2018NCAARegional Semifinal win over Texas A&M
2018NCAARegional Final win over Florida State
2018NCAANational Semifinal win over Loyola (IL)
2018NCAANational Final loss to Villanova
2017NCAARound of 64 win over Oklahoma State
2017NCAARound of 32 win over Louisville
2017NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Oregon
2016NCAAOpening Round win over Tulsa
2016NCAARound of 64 loss to Notre Dame
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Wofford
2014NCAARound of 32 win over Texas
2014NCAARegional Semifinal win over Tennessee
2014NCAARegional Final loss to Kentucky
2013NCAARound of 64 win over South Dakota State
2013NCAARound of 32 win over VCU
2013NCAARegional Semifinal win over Kansas
2013NCAARegional Final win over Florida
2013NCAANational Semifinal win over Syracuse
2013NCAANational Final loss to Louisville
2012NCAARound of 64 loss to Ohio
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Tennessee
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to Duke
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Clemson
2009NCAARound of 32 loss to Oklahoma
2007NITFirst Round win over Utah State
2007NITSecond Round loss to Florida State
2006NITFirst Round win over UTEP
2006NITSecond Round win over Notre Dame
2006NITQuarterfinal win over Miami
2006NITSemifinal win over Old Dominion
2006NITFinal loss to South Carolina
2004NITFirst Round win over Missouri
2004NITSecond Round win over Oklahoma
2004NITQuarterfinal win over Hawaii
2004NITSemifinal win over Oregon
2004NITFinal win over Rutgers
*all team stats through 3/10