When: 7:29 p.m. Thursday.
Where: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Radio: WWJ-AM (950; plus radio affiliates).
Line: Wildcats for 5.
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THE GREAT MICHIGAN CHALLENGE: An inside look at why Villanova is so hard to beat
Game Notes: Michigan defeated Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA tournament thanks to a pair of 20-point performances and stingy second-half defense. The Wolverines are in the Sweet 16 for the fifth straight tournament, and second to Juwan Howard, and are facing the Wildcats for the first time since 2018. Michigan actually played Nova twice that year: in April for the national championship and then in November near the beginning of the following season. Brooks played three minutes in the title game loss and then played 16 minutes in the regular season win, scoring five points. Through two NCAA tournament games, All-Big Ten center Hunter Dickinson leads the team with 48 points and 17 rebounds. He looks for a little more production from freshman Caleb Houstan, who has averaged 10 points per game and shot 36% from 3-point range this season but didn’t score against the Volunteers.
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Do you think Wolverines fans cheered when Villanova defeated Ohio State, or would they rather face the Buckeyes than the Wildcats in March?
Villanova is in her second consecutive Sweet 16 and seventh under coach Jay Wright. Collin Gillespie, who had four points and five rebounds in 16 minutes against Michigan in the title game, has a combined 34 points and eight assists through two NCAA tournament wins this year. Jermaine Samuels, who was on the team but did not appear in the Wildcats’ win over the Wolverines, has 32 points and 17 rebounds so far in the tournament. Samuels and Gillespie combined for just eight points in a blowout loss to Michigan in 2018. Justin Moore, second on the team with 15 points per game in the regular season, could have a bigger game after scoring eight against the Buckeyes.
The winner of this game is in the Elite Eight and plays the winner of fifth seed Houston against first seed Arizona.
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