Michigan is just 20 minutes away from a trip to the Elite Eight after a strong opening half!

Taking on Florida State in the Sweet 16, Juwan Howard and company entered Sunday’s contest hungry to keep rolling in March Madness. With one half in the books, Michigan is up 11 points over the Seminoles, 32-21 at the break.

For Juwan Howard’s squad, it has been the same balanced attack fans have seen throughout the season. Three players scored seven or more points in the first half, including Brandon Johns Jr. who led the way with eight points. He added five rebounds and two steals as the Wolverines forced 10 Florida State turnovers.


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Chaundee Brown scored seven points off the bench for Michigan while big man Hunter Dickinson had seven points and five rebounds. The Wolverines are also shooting 8-for-11 from the free-throw line.

While the opening half was a solid one, a case can be made that Michigan could have built an even bigger lead at the half. The Wolverines are shooting just 34.4% from the field with Franz Wagner, Eli Brooks, and Mike Smith combining to shoot 2-for-15.

Thankfully, Michigan has held Florida State to a 33.3% shooting performance while holding the Seminoles without a three-point field goal in seven tries. Foul trouble has also been an issue with starters Raiquan Gray and Anthony Polite missing extended portions of the first half with two fouls.

Can the Wolverines hold on and roll into the Sweet 16? Catch the second half action on CBS.