Final Four 2018: Michigan’s Moe Wagner slays Cinderella to remind everyone of his power

SAN ANTONIO — Bill Raftery was shaken, though not stirred.

Late in Saturday’s national semifinal, Raftery was the unwitting victim of a 6-foot-11, 245-pound flailing package of elbows and knees named Moritz Wagner. While chasing a loose ball Wagner not only leapt off the floor rather awkwardly near the TBS/CBS analyst but knocked Raftery’s glasses off his face. For good measure, Wagner stepped on them, twisting the specs into a ghastly shape.

They were ruined. Sort of like Loyola-Chicago, which Michigan came back to rout 69-57 in the Final Four.

“I’m sending the bill to Berlin,” Raftery cracked.

Michigan’s German center being runaway freight train to begin with and the Final Four floor built 3 feet above the ground, well, a collision was inevitable. Perhaps the same was true of Wagner having an NCAA Tournament breakout game, even on this grand stage.

Wagner, a junior who could jump to the NBA this year, was the difference in getting the Wolverines to the national championship game for the first time in five years. With 24 points and 15 rebounds, Wagner became the third player to have at least 20 points and 15 rebounds in a national semifinal, according to ESPN Stats and Info. The other players on that list – Hakeem Olajuwon and Larry Bird.

“Relax,” Wagner said

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