Moritz Wagner shoots, rebounds, and hurdles Michigan to title game

SAN ANTONIO — For the second time Saturday, Moritz Wagner approached the announcer’s table at the Alamodome. The first time, he hurdled the TBS crew of Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, and Grant Hill. This time, he was being summoned for a post-game interview after Michigan’s 69-57 win over Loyola-Chicago.

The Wolverines were headed to Monday’s national championship largely because Wagner had just played the game of his life. Hill congratulated Wagner on that fact.

“Congrats to you, too,” Wagner replied, referencing the announcement earlier Saturday that Hill would be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame.


With his sweat still damp after tallying 24 points and 15 rebounds in the Final Four, he had the presence of mind to consider it was a big day for Hill, too?

There may not be another player in college basketball that would have done that. Wagner is a special kid, and a special player.

Wagner, a junior, made 10 of the 16 shots he attempted against Loyola. In the first half, he scored four baskets around the rim after grabbing offensive rebounds. Michigan couldn’t get much to fall, but Wagner was there to clean it up.

John Beilein said that was part of Michigan’s offensive strategy against a smaller Loyola team. “One of the plans today was, ‘Moe, when they switch the screens, we might not be able to

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