NCAAB Game Recap - Michigan at North Carolina
Thu Nov 28, 2019 1:30 PM EST

MD
76
Temp
69
F
Mich
73
UNC
64
F
Gonz
73
Oreg
72
F(OT)
Iowa
72
TxTch
61
F
SoMis
56
Seton
81
F
Pepp
91
Ariz
93
F
NCSU
78
Mem
83
F
TexAr
77
Elon
67
F
TexAM
51
Harv
62
F
TNSt
82
CAPoly
72
F
Prov
65
LongB
66
F
USC
54
Fairf
47
F
NFla
95
LongI
92
F
Wake
65
Charl
56
F
David
63
Marq
73
F
IaSt
104
Alab
89
F
UCF
67
Penn
68
F
Crei
52
SDSU
83
F

Nov 28, 2019, 1:30 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

Michigan (6-0)

39

34

73

(6) North Carolina (5-1)

34

30

64

Brooks, Michigan upset No. 6 UNC 73-64 in Battle 4 Atlantis
Thu Nov 28, 2019 6:13 PM

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) ��� Eli Brooks and his Michigan teammates kept rolling off screens, whipping the ball past defenders and burying shots with ease against a flummoxed highly ranked opponent.

“Share the game,” first-year coach Juwan Howard calls it.

The plan is working perfectly, too, for these new-look Wolverines - who took down sixth-ranked North Carolina to give Howard his first marquee win.

Brooks matched his career high with 24 points and Michigan ran off 19 unanswered points in the second half to score a big upset, beating the Tar Heels 73-64 on Thursday to reach the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.

Michigan will face No. 8 Gonzaga on Friday in the title game. Gonzaga beat No. 11 Oregon 73-72 in overtime in the second semifinal.

Isaiah Livers added 12 points for the Wolverines (6-0), who led by five early in the second half before exploding for a huge run that turned the matchup into an unexpected rout. Then the Wolverines held on amid the Tar Heels’ frantic rally in the final 8 minutes.

Howard inherited a program from John Beilein that made regular deep pushes in the NCAA Tournament, though there were plenty of new faces after losing its top three scorers from last year.

No matter. The Wolverines have experience, size and a bunch of guys willing to make the next pass to seek out a better shot.

“Granted, they’ve been very successful in the past,” Howard said. “But to embrace a new staff and to be all in, I’m very thankful for that - because each and every one of them, they didn’t have to. It was a choice, but it was a choice because they trusted the staff, they trusted us as men to help lead them and teach them and develop them.

“But I must say they’re inspiring to watch compete.”

Michigan’s 19-0 burst included a dazzling run of five straight made shots to build a huge margin.

“I think that goes off shot selection, just sharing the ball,” Brooks said. “We take good shots. People aren’t afraid to share the ball because they know the next person’s going to do their job.”

The Tar Heels (5-1) didn’t have much of an answer.

At one point, Brooks buried a 3-pointer to push the lead to 19 and left UNC coach Roy Williams standing on the sideline with both hands on top of his head. Yet Franz Wagner followed with another, then Brooks added a runner that pushed the lead to 60-36 with 11:18 left and finally forced the timeout-hoarding Williams to burn one.

“It was frustrating,” Williams said. “I’ve never stood there in 32 years and 8 million games and thinking about calling timeout with 12 minutes left in the friggin’ game. That’s so silly to me. We’ve won a few games doing it my way.

“But I watched three extra possessions, and we missed and they scored three straight times.”

Freshman Cole Anthony had 22 points and seven rebounds to lead UNC, which shot 43% while struggling with Michigan’s size anchored by 7-foot-1 senior Jon Teske inside.

BIG PICTURE

UNC: The Tar Heels entered the game ranked seventh in KenPom’s adjusted defensive efficiency by allowing 87.5 points per 100 possessions, along with being the national leader in rebounding margin. But Michigan controlled the paint (32-24 points in the paint) and the Tar Heels earned only a 36-34 edge on the glass. It was a sign that the Tar Heels still have plenty to figure out, especially with Williams saying he had to question the team’s toughness in the second half.

“We were 5-0 coming in, but it hasn’t been a very good 5-0 compared to the way I think we should play and could play,” Williams said, “and I’ve got to do a better job of coaching my team.”

Michigan: The Wolverines entered shooting 53.2% on the season to rank second in the nation. After shooting 58% on Wednesday against Iowa State, they finished at 50% and made 11 of 26 3-pointers in this one while holding the Tar Heels to 1-for-14 shooting out of halftime.

UNC’S FRANTIC RALLY

The Tar Heels twice got as close as eight on interior buckets by Garrison Brooks in the final 3½ minutes. But Eli Brooks all but closed it out by swishing through a 3 with the shot clock winding down at the 1:12 mark, pushing the margin back to double figures.

TIP-INS

Michigan’s David DeJulius had 11 points while seeing extra work with starting point guard Zavier Simpson dealing with foul trouble. ... Teske had 10 points, eight rebounds and four blocks. ... UNC made just 2 of 13 3-pointers and 10 of 20 free throws.

UP NEXT

North Carolina: Faces No. 11 Oregon on Friday in the third-place game.

Michigan: Faces No. 8 Gonzaga on Friday in the championship game.

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Leaders

Michigan PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
E. Brooks 24 0 0 5 1 0
I. Livers 12 0 3 4 1 0
North Carolina PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
K. Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0
S. Rush 0 0 0 0 0 0

Team Comparison

Mich UNC
Points For 73 64
Field Goals 28/56-50% 26/61-43%
Three Pointers 11/26-42% 2/13-15%
Free Throws 6/10-60% 10/20-50%
Offensive Rebounds 6 11
Defensive Rebounds 28 25
Rebounds 37 43
Blocks 7 2
Steals 7 4
Turnovers 16 11
Personal Fouls 18 15
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Mich Leads Series 1-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Nov 28 Mich 73 @ UNC 64 B. Johns Jr. 2 J. Pierce 1

Game Information

Stadium: Imperial Arena at Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Bahamas
Attendance: 1,828
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