Sweet 16 bound: Chaundee Brown's big day propels Michigan past LSU
When Michigan needed someone to step up, Chaundee Brown answered the call.
Brown came in off the bench and scored 21 points, giving the Wolverines an important spark and propelling them to an 86-78 victory over LSU to advance to the Sweet 16. Michigan becomes the first B1G team to punch its ticket to the next round.
Brown was tied with Eli Brooks for the team’s leading scorer, as Brooks also had 21 points in Michigan’s win. The two combined to shoot 13-of-20 from the floor, including 8-of-15 from 3-point range.
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Hunter Dickinson ended the game with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 11 rebounds and Franz Wagner also hit double digits in the scoring column, adding 15 in the win. Brandon Johns Jr. had 7 points and Mike Smith Jr. scored 5 with 6 assists.
Michigan was an impressive 53.8% from the floor for the game and held LSU to under 40% shooting. The Wolverines hit 28 shots on 22 assists and made 20-of-25 attempts from the free throw line. Despite turning the ball over 12 times compared to the Tigers’ 3, Michigan’s shooting was enough to win the game.
LSU had great contributions from Cam Thomas and Javonte Smart, scoring 30 and 27 respectively. Trendon Watford also had 11 points, but it was not enough to overcome Michigan’s offensive balance on Monday night.
The Wolverines are currently the only team heading to the Sweet 16 from the B1G.