Florida State (9) vs. MI (3) Odds: March Madness Elite 8 Prediction

Loyola made a stunning run through the South.	 Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida State Seminoles couldn't overcome a poor start to the second half as the Michigan Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four in a 58-54 win on Saturday in Los Angeles.

The Wolverines responded by hitting two big free throws and playing strong defense, helping MI earn a 58-54 win over FSU (23-12) to win the West Regional at Staples Center in Los Angeles late Saturday night.

But Florida State's one chance to tie the game - an open 3-pointer on the wing by Savoy - went wanting. It might be tougher in the national championship game, but the Wolverines have taken every type of blow imaginable and responded in the proper way. Moe Wagner, Michigan's best player, picked up his fourth foul and was forced from the game with plenty of time remaining in the second half of a relatively close match.

Loyola has taken an early lead over K-State, 25-19 with less than seven minutes in the first half. The Seminoles cut the lead to two points on a tip in with about 22 seconds remaining, but MI made their free throws and put the game away. The Wolverines led 38-28 with 13:50 to play. "It's about who is going to play better".

After a free throw by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, Savoy's three-pointer with 1:16 closed it to 55-52.

Florida State managed only two points in a 10 ½-minute stretch spanning halftime, and MI took a 10-point lead before Cofer led the Seminoles back into it. Murray stands as FSU's top returning receiver after logging a 40-604-4 receiving line for the 2017 campaign. MI has now won 12 straight games while covering the spread in five of their last six games.

Hamilton: "You think that the game came down to the final seconds of the game?"

Jacobson said they could have put MI on the line and hope for a miss, but Hamilton rolled his eyes and almost walked out of the interview when she suggested that. They had 15 free throws and made 11 by intermission, and FSU was 5-for-5. Junior guard Charles Matthews led MI with 17 points and eight rebounds. Moe Wagner, who attempted just three shots in the first half, got going in the second, scoring seven of his 12 points after the break including back-to-back scores midway through the second half as MI started to pull away with 7:46 to go.

MI shot 38.8 percent, just 18.2 percent (4 of 22) from beyond the arc.

Then the Seminoles' Phil Cofer scored 5 points within a minute, 4 on a pair of assists from Angola assists, and the lead eventually dwindled to 3. The Wolverines forced 14 FSU turnovers in the first half but were not almost as successful converting them into points the rest of the way as the higher-seeded team committed eight miscues of its own.

The exchange begins around the 4 minute mark in the video below.

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