Midwest – No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford

Posted Mar 16, 2014

2014 NCAA Tournament Preview, Breakdown & Pick: Midwest Region – No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Wofford

- 60-Second Video Analysis On Each Team

Line: Michigan -16
Why To Pick Wofford: The Terriers are just good enough from three and just tough enough defensively to keep this from being an ugly blowout. The athleticism isn't there, but they're active on the boards and they don't make a slew of big mistakes – they won't give the Wolverines many easy baskets.
Why To Pick Michigan: The Wolverines will have problems at some point against someone with a tough interior, but that's not Wofford. The Terriers don't block shots – ever – and there won't be any problems getting to the basket. Awful on the free throw line, Wofford will give away at least five points they can't afford to lose.
The Pick: Michigan 83-63. Michigan will dominate from start to finish with a good early run.

Michigan Wolverines
Head coach: John Beilein Record: 25-8 Conference: Big Ten

What You Need To Know: The Big Ten champs are experienced and play like they're hungry, featuring athleticism all across the lineup and an electric scorer in Nik Stauskas who can take over games with his versatility. He is a wicked three-point shooter, draining better than 45 percent of his attempts, but he also can get to the line and is quicker than he gets credit for off the dribble. Caris LeVert provides another quality three-point shooter, and he's a good defender who is disruptive when UM shifts to a zone attack. Glenn Robinson III and Derek Walton, Jr., both have the potential to light up the scoreboard and are tenacious on defense when they stay focused. Michigan isn't blessed with great depth, and Stauskas can be controlled when teams play physical defense.
Strengths: Assist-Turnover Ratio, Free Throws, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Blocked Shots, Steals, Interior Defense
How Far Will They Go?: Remember, Mitch McGary turned out to be the big key to Michigan's big 2013 run. This year's team might be terrific and athletic, but it'll have big problems against the better rebounding teams. If the Wolverines get Arizona State in the second round, they'll make a great run. If they get Texas, they'll be knocked out.

Wofford Terriers
Head coach: Mike Young Record: 20-12 Conference: Southern

What You Need To Know: The Terriers honed their toughness by playing the likes of Georgia, Minnesota, Saint Louis and VCU during the non-conference season, and they used the lessons learned in those games to improve their defense, giving up just 62.4 points a game while creating plenty of turnovers that lead to easy baskets. Junior guard Karl Cochran is the Terriers' leader on both ends of the court. He's a fine scorer who puts up 15.7 points a night, able to score inside and out. Despite being just 6-1, he's also quality rebounder, and his vision allows him to find his teammates in the open floor. Guard Spencer Collins and forward Lee Skinner bring balance to the floor, and Skinner hits the boards hard. He's a double-double threat with his quickness on the glass. Depth is an issue for Wofford.
Strengths: Turnover Margin, Scoring Defense, Three Point Shooting
Weaknesses: Scoring, Blocked Shots, Free Throw Shooting
How Far Will They Go?: The guard play is good enough to give Michigan a good half, but that's it.