Michigan Men's Basketball 2020 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Michigan Wolverines

Big Ten (19-12, 10-10)

Michigan took a chance on bringing in new coach Juwan Howard. The Wolverines performed well in non-conference play, picking up quality wins over teams like Creighton and Gonzaga. Big Ten play did not start off so well though. At one point Michigan was sitting at 2-6 in conference action and the NCAA Tournament seemed out of reach. However, Coach Howard rallied his team and they won seven of their next eight games and that stretch got them their ninth tournament appearance in the last ten years.
Big Wins: 11/12 Creighton (79-69), 11/29 vs Gonzaga (82-64), 2/8 Michigan State (77-68)
Bad Losses: 1/12 at Minnesota (67-75), 1/22 Penn State (63-72), 1/25 Illinois (62-64)
Coach: Juwan Howard
Why They Can Surprise:
Michigan does a great job of taking care of the ball and much of that is because of point guard Zavier Simpson. The senior dishes out an amazing 7.9 assists per game and adds 12.9 points. The backcourt also boasts double digit scorers Eli Brooks and Franz Wagner. The frontcourt is quite impressive too. Isaiah Livers has emerged as Michigan’s top scoring threat, averaging 12.9 points per game. He is also a very efficient outside shooter. Jon Teske will take some three-pointers too, but the 7-1 senior does most of his scoring in the paint.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Michigan has a roster that is full of potential shooters. That is the way the previous coaching regime wanted it. However, this group has not been particularly consistent from long range. This is still a Michigan team that needs to hit some long balls and they usually do. However, when those shots are not falling and the Wolverines are not hitting their three-pointers, the offense can become stagnant. In many of their losses, Michigan was not hitting those shots and they wasted way too many possessions hoping three-pointers would fall. If that happens in March, Michigan could be in deep trouble.
Probable Starters:
Zavier Simpson, Senior, Guard, 12.9 ppg, 7.9 apg, 4.5 rpg
Franz Wagner, Freshman, Guard, 11.6 ppg, 1.0 apg, 5.6 rpg
Eli Brooks, Junior, Guard, 10.6 ppg, 2.0 apg
Isaiah Livers, Junior, Forward, 12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg
Jon Teske, Senior, Center, 11.6 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Key Role Players:
Brandon Johns, Sophomore, Forward, 6.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg
Austin Davis, Senior, Forward, 4.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg
David DeJulius, Sophomore, Guard, 7.0 ppg, 1.5 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 75.0 (74th in nation, 4th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 68.3 (146, 11)
Field-Goal Percentage: 46.2 (49, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.3 (141, 12)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 8.0 (101, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 33.9 (146, 5)
Free-Throw Percentage: 71.7 (144, 8)
Rebound Margin: 0.9 (156, 11)
Assists Per Game: 14.6 (53, 4)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.7 (14, 3)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2019NCAARound of 64 win over Montana
2019NCAARound of 32 win over Florida
2019NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Texas Tech
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 3/8