How Michigan’s defense is shutting down every offense in its path

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Michigan has reached the national title game for the second time in five years, and this time around the Wolverines are getting it done almost entirely with defense.

True, Moe Wagner recorded a stellar 24-15 double-double against Loyola-Chicago. The junior showed signs of snapping out of what had previously been a 3-point funk, hitting three of his seven tries from beyond the arc and crashing the glass for six offensive rebounds.

Wagner was excellent against the Ramblers, and Charles Matthews was a deserving West Region Most Outstanding Player. Still, game for game, it has been defense that has carried John Beilein’s team in the tournament. Michigan held its five opponents to just 0.88 points per possession, a level of D that more than speaks for itself.

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