3. Michigan can shoot the lights out
Forget how the Wolverines have looked thus far in the NCAA Tournament offensively, Michigan has the ability shoot the lights out. Sure, the Wolverines have been a little off in just about every game but against Texas A&M, but that doesn’t mean they’re weak on that end of the court.
The Wolverines have scored over 70 points just once in the tourney, but they have shooters at every single position. The aforementioned Mo Wagner shoots about 40 percent from 3-point range and over 50 percent from the floor, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman makes about 38 percent of his threes, Duncan Robinson makes 39 percent and both Jordan Poole and Isaiah Livers make 38 percent.
While those don’t seem like overwhelmingly impressive numbers, the Wolverines have the ability to stretch the floor and keep the defense guessing. When the shots aren’t falling, guys like Zavier Simpson, Charles Matthews and Wagner can drive to the hole and create their own shots.
Michigan’s depth could also be a problem for Villanova although the Wildcats have some of their own, but the Wolverines’ shooting touch, especially if they catch fire, is contagious. If one guy is making shots, it usually trickles down.