The Michigan Wolverines jumped all over the Florida Gators early in their Elite Eight matchup, starting the game on a 13-0 lead, and taking a 47-30 halftime lead. The Wolverines out-shot, out-rebounded, and out-hustled the Gators all half and are now 20 minutes away from their first Final Four appearance since the days of the Fab Five in 1993.
With Trey Burke and Michigan decimating the Florida man defense, the Gators switched to zone for a time midway through the half, but it didn't help as Nik Stauskas got hot from beyond the arc. Stauskas ended the half with 19 points, going 5-of-5 from three.
A combo of swarming Michigan defense and poor Florida shooting forced the Gators to go 2-15 from the field to start the game and 12-of-29 on the half. Despite all their missed shots, Florida couldn't get offensive glass, as they only notched 3 offensive rebounds and were out rebounded 21-13 overall.
Michigan will start the second half with a 17 point lead and the momentum. Florida must clamp down on defense and get their stars to step up on offense if they want to have a chance to come back in the second half and avoid their third straight Elite Eight loss.