Matthews' double-double leads Michigan past Grizzlies, 74-55

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"These guys have great tradition", MI head coach John Beilein said.

Michigan State turned the ball over 22 times, though, which would usually cost a team a win, but the Spartans found a way to hold a 15-plus point lead from start to finish.

"Monday we were down". Sometimes teams lose a championship game and don't get a chance to play again.

MI answered with 10 consecutive points - five from Matthews - to increase its lead to 18 with 16:11 remaining.

Ignas Brazdeikis added 14 points and seven rebounds, and Jon Teske had 11 points and nine boards for the Wolverines, who led by as many as 27 points in the second half.

"I love the way we came out", Beilein said. But the Wolverines regained the advantage less than two minutes later and went to the break up 32-28.

MI is on to the Sweet 16 once again as they easily defeated Florida 64-49 in the Round of 32. They make it hard to get good shots.

Montana scored the first 10 points of last year's meeting but was never in the contest this time around and trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half.

The game was a rematch of last season's first-round matchup when the Wolverines beat the Grizzlies 61-47.

Matthews was 8 of 12 from the floor while posting his third double-double of the season. "He really worked hard to get back".

Montana may have a hard time scoring, as Jamar Akoh, who was leading the team in points (15.5) and rebounds (8.7), suffered a season-ending injury last month. Not that it would have made much difference, but they could have used him against the 7-1, 260-pound Teske and Michigan's other bigs.

They took down Florida by a 64-49 final score in Des Moines, Iowa thanks to 19 points from Jordan Poole and 10 from Isaiah Livers. Now it's on to what figures to be a challenging game against a defensive-oriented No. 10 seed in Florida.

MI fell just one game short of being crowned national champions last season, and they're looking to take it one step further this year, with the action starting against Montana on Thursday night.

Following the game, Wolverines' head coach John Beilein was heading down the tunnel towards the MI locker room when suddenly, he noticed some familiar faces.



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