On Tuesday night, The Michigan Wolverines put a pouncing on the Montana Grizzlies, beating them by a score of 74-55.
The Wolverines came ready to play and did not hold anything back against the Grizz. Michigan’s defense did not disappoint, holding Montana to a thirty three percent clip from the field and held them to twenty five percent behind the arc.
From the tip, Michigan dominated every aspect of the game. They came into the game with a chip on their shoulder after losing in heartbreaking fashion to the Michigan State Spartans. The Wolverines silenced their critics, showing that they’re not going to go down easy in this tournament.
Michigan Senior Charles Matthews was at the forefront of the teams round one success. Matthews posted a double-double, notching twenty two points and ten rebounds. If the Wolverines want to make a legitimate push deep into this tournament, Matthews is going to be an essential piece to the puzzle.
Michigan’s Zavier Simpson made his presence felt against the Grizzlies despite having an uncharacteristic four turnovers in the first half. Simpson controlled a weak Montana defense, and spread the ball with ease on the offensive side of the court. Simpson finished with four points, seven rebounds, and ten assists. He continues to tear defenses apart with his exquisite ball movement, spreading the ball to any of the five lethal shooters the wolverines can have on the floor at any time.
Although the Grizzlies were not nearly as good as any competition the Wolverines will face throughout the rest of the tournament, it was a fantastic boost of confidence that Michigan could significantly benefit from, heading into a tough round two matchup against the Florida Gators.
The Wolverines clicked on all cylinders against Montana, and all in all, it was a great victory for a team that thrives on momentum.