SAN ANTONIO -- A fascinating and unprecedented college basketball season (FBI investigation, Trae Young mania, UMBC , Loyola, etc.)
Regardless, Michigan coaches said the Ramblers wound up being an ideal opponent to scout, scheme and play against right before having to take on mighty Villanova.
And in terms of schematics and what the tape is showing, the staff told me that Butler is the closest team to Michigan that Villanova has faced this season.
Wagner became only the third player in Final Four history to have a 20-and-15 game, joining Houston's Akeem Olajuwon (as he went by then) and Indiana State's Larry Bird.
He feasted on the Ramblers' lack of an interior presence, gobbling up buckets and boards with second-chance opportunities -- and sinking three 3-pointers to further devastate.
He said this on Sunday: "In the Loyola game, he shot-faked with his right hand and threw a left-handed bounce pass back door for a layup.
The Wolverines have earned their spot in this title game, and with the exception of the escape against Houston in the second round, played well enough to validate their run to this point.
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