NCAA Tournament: No. 2 Michigan Overwhelms No. 15 Wofford

By Gregory Philson
Michigan Wolverines
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The Michigan Wolverines were expected to dominate the Wofford Terriers in the second round of the 2014 NCAA tournament, and they did just that in a 57-40 victory on Thursday.

Michigan came into the contest as a heavy favorite and looked great from the start because Big Ten Player of the Year Nik Stauskas (15 points) kept up with his fantastic play and the Wolverines executed in all facets of the game. The Wolverines had three players with at least 10 points, and also had 15 assists on 22 made baskets.

Michigan shot 47.8 percent from the field, only turned the ball over 11 times and looked primed to make a serious run the in the extremely difficult Midwest region. The Wolverines showed they have many players who can contribute and any way to build confidence is good.

Michigan will face Arizona State or Texas in the round of the 32 and if the Wolverines can continue to play with the balance and efficiency displayed on Thursday, it should be an easy ride to the Sweet 16.

Michigan has survived the loss of preseason All-American Mitch McGary and now looks as well rounded as any team in the tournament. The round of 64 is always difficult to gauge how a team plays, but Michigan did not mess around in its game. Winning by a large margin is never a bad sign.

The Wolverines are built to win a championship and if the victory over Wofford is any indication, coach John Beilein‘s team should now be considered a favorite to win the national championship.

Gregory T. Philson is a college basketball writer at Follow him on Twitter @GTPhilson, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on GoogleRead more here.

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