Recap: Michigan advances to third consecutive Sweet 16 with 64-49 win over Florida

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News
Michigan guard Charles Matthews creates a turnover with Florida's Kevarrius Hayes, left, the first half.

Game summary

Michigan overcame a poor night from the field with top-notch defense and advanced to the Sweet 16 with a 64-49 win over Florida on Saturday.

Sophomore Jordan Poole led all scorers with 19,  Zavier Simpson had nine points, nine rebounds and nine assists and Charles Matthews had nine points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and, perhaps more importantly, held Florida's leading scorer, KeVaughn Allen, to just eight points on 3 of 7 shooting.

Michigan closes out Florida

Jordan Poole drills a 3-pointer to give Michigan a 16-point lead with just under two minutes to go.

Andrew Nembhard hits a layup on the other end.

Jon Teske makes a gorgeous pass to Isaiah Livers for another dunk that'll put an exclamation point on what looks like a Michigan win.

KeVaugh Allen hits a 3-pointer.

Florida timeout: Michigan 62, Florida 49 (1:00 2nd)

Matthews sends home another dunk for Michigan.

FINAL: Michigan 64, Florida 49 

Michigan takes 13-point lead with 3:15 to go

Isaiah Livers hits a free throw after the break. KeVaughn Allen then drills a 3-pointer to make it a 7-point game.

Zavier Simpson gets to the free-throw line and sinks both. Jon Teske puts the Wolverines up 11 with a layup.

Florida timeout: Michigan 55, Florida 44 (4:58 2nd)

Zavier Simpson dishes a pass to Livers, who throws down one of the most violent dunks of the tournament thus far in transition. Michigan is on a 6-0 run.

Media timeout: Michigan 57, Florida 44 (3:15 2nd)

Michigan picks up much-needed momentum heading into crunch time

Zavier Simpson tries a hook shot following the commercial break that won't fall. Michigan has now missed its last seven field goals.

Eli Brooks breaks the drought with a runner in the paint.

Leading Florida scorer KeVaughn Allen scores his first points of the game, a mid-range jumper that makes it 48-41.

Isaiah Livers makes a nice move on his way to the rim, hitting a layup and drawing a foul. He'll shoot a free throw after the break.

Media timeout: Michigan 50, Florida 41 (7:34 2nd)

Michigan lead in jeopardy after Florida goes on run

Jalen Hudson throws down a dunk after a quick commercial break. Andrew Nembhard gets fouled by Charles Matthews on Florida's next possession and makes two free throws to cut Florida's deficit to 8.

Keyontae Johnson throws down a dunk from the baseline, extending Florida's run to 9-0.

Michigan timeout: Michigan 43, Florida 37 (14:13 2nd)

Jordan Poole gets fouled on a 3-pointer, and he'll head to the line for a trio of free shots. He makes them all, ending Michigan's scoring drought of 3:51.

Florida's Johnson backs down Jon Teske inside and puts home 2 points off the glass. It's 46-39, Michigan.

Media timeout: Michigan 46, Florida 39 (11:48 2nd)

Michigan jumps out to largest lead of game to start second half

Ignas Brazdeikis scored Michigan's first points of the game, and now he's got Michigan's first points of the second half. He hits a 3-pointer to give Michigan a 35-28 lead.

Jordan Poole makes a nice pass to Jon Teske, who finishes inside and makes it a 9-point advantage. Poole then flexes his muscles after showing a great deal of strength, getting to the rim and giving Michigan its largest lead of the game with an and-1 layup.

Florida timeout: Michigan 39, Florida 28 (18:18 2nd)

Poole nails a step-back 3-pointer, his third triple of the game, giving Michigan a 43-28 lead. Jalen Hudson responds with Florida's first points of the half, a 3-pointer that snaps an 11-0 Michigan run.

Media timeout: Michigan 43, Florida 31 (15:51 2nd)

Michigan takes 32-28 lead before halftime

Charles Matthews splits a double team up high, drives to the basket and throws down a two-handed dunk.

Andrew Nembhard finds Kevarrius Hayes for an alley-oop that makes it 29-28, Michigan. Jon Teske takes a personal foul on Florida's next possession.

Isaiah Livers hits his first 3-pointer of the game — in four attempts — to put Michigan 4.

Florida timeout: Michigan 32, Florida 28 (1:00 1st)

Teske plays terrific defense on Nembhard to force the Gators into a deep shot clock, resulting in a miss, and then pulls down the rebound. Great possession for Michigan as the shot clock is now turned off, and it'll presumably have the last shot of the half.

Michigan timeout: Michigan 32, Florida 28 (0:14 1st)

Jordan Poole takes the last Michigan shot of the half, a 3-pointer that clanks off the rim.

Halftime: Michigan 32, Florida 28 

Michigan slows up Florida's pace to regain lead

Kevarrius Hayes puts Florida on top with a layup. Captain Hook ties things right back up on the other end, as Zavier Simpson hits his patented hook shot.

Ignas Brazdeikis makes a terrific block on Hayes inside, somehow managing to stay in-bounds while getting the ball up-court. Charles Matthews finishes the possession with a beautiful drive to the rim, giving Michigan a 25-23 lead.

Simpson scores on another hook shot to extend the lead to 4. Simpson is 3-for-3 with seven points.

Andrew Nembhard hits a 3-pointer, drawing Florida within a point. Brazdeikis is assessed his second personal foul of the game.

Media timeout: Michigan 27, Florida 26 (3:50 1st)

Florida goes on run with efficient 3-point shooting

Isaiah Livers misses a 3, gets his own rebound, Jon Teske then misses a triple, Livers grabs it again, and Eli Brooks eventually finishes inside to make it 20-14. Noah Locke responds with a 3-ball to make it 20-17, Michigan.

Charles Matthews misses a 3-pointer but gets fouled. He'll shoot free throws. Matthews makes just one.

Locke drops a mid-range jumper through the rim, tying things up. Florida is on a 15-5 run.

Isaiah Livers draws a foul on an offensive rebound.

Media timeout: Michigan 21, Florida 21

Poole's deep game arrives, Michigan leads by 4

The Wolverines will start with possession after the under-16 media timeout. 

Jordan Poole fires from beyond the arc, gets fouled, and makes a free throw to complete the 4-point play. Michigan leads by 6.

Two possessions later, Poole hits a triple from the corner. Great sign for Michigan.

Florida makes it 15-8 with a Kevarrius Hayes dunk, and on the Gators' next possession, Noah Locke makes a 3-pointer. It's 15-11, Michigan.

Jalen Hudson brings Florida within a point after banking in a 3. Zavier Simpson responds with a 3-pointer of  his own.

Media timeout: Michigan 18, Florida 14 (11:47 1st)

Michigan opens game with three dunks and a layup

Florida wins the tip and wastes no time getting the ball inside to Kevarrius Hayes, but the Florida senior can't finish at the rim. At the other end, Ignas Brazdeikis opens things up with a bang, slamming home Michigan's first points of the game.

Hayes turns it over on the next possession. Brazdeikis misses from 3.

Jalen Hudson puts the Gators on top with a 3-pointer. Jon Teske gets the lead back for Michigan with a dunk.

Brazdeikis picks up his first personal foul of the game, which then leads to a triple by Keyontae Johnson. Gators lead, 6-4. Another Teske dunk ties things up again.

Charles Matthews makes a quick drive to the paint, loses the ball, but gets up a layup through the rim after regaining possession.

Media timeout: Michigan 8, Florida 6 (15:18 1st)


Michigan, one win from its third straight Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, takes on Florida in a second-round game on Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Follow the action here with live updates by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.

West Region


Tip-off: 5:15 p.m. Saturday, Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa

TV/radio: CBS/950

Records: Michigan 29-6; Florida 20-15

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