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Live blog: Michigan vs. Wofford

Second seed Michigan begins its NCAA Tournament run Thursday against No. 15 seed Wofford in Milwaukee. Tip-off is at 7:10 p.m. Follow Geoff Robinson as he provides live updates from the game.

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It wasn’t pretty, and a performance like that won’t earn them anymore tournament victories, but Michigan was able to beat Wofford 57-40 thanks to a terrible shooting night from the Terriers.

Michigan’s shooting percentage wasn’t bad (48%), but anyone who watched the game knows they just weren’t themselves tonight, especially in the second half. The Wolverines scored just 23 second half points and couldn’t put away a team who missed it’s first 15 attempts from beyond the arc. The Terriers were within single digits with as little as eight minutes left to play.

Nik Stauskas led the way with 15 points, but didn’t touch the ball nearly enough. Glenn Robinson III finished with 14 and Jordan Morgan had 10.

The Wolverines will need a much better effort on Saturday when the take on the winner of tonight’s Texas and Arizona State match up.

Caris LeVert knocked down a 3-pointer and Michigan has finally put a comfortable distance between themselves and Wofford. The Wolverines haven’t been able to buy a bucket from the outside in the second half, but they’ve stayed tough through adversity.

Michigan has just 16 second half points, but amazingly still leads 53-37 with 3:13 remaining because Wofford is putting on a dismal shooting performance (33%).

Wofford finally hit a 3-pointer on their 15th attempt and cut the Michigan lead to seven with 9:24 remaining. Jordan Morgan came down the floor and scored on a 3-point play the old fashioned way.

The Wolverines need to wake up and get their heads in the game. Maybe the fact that their lead was finally cut to single digits will be just the wake up call they need.

Michigan leads 43-33 with 7:57 left to play.

The Wolverines have yet to bury a Wofford team that hasn’t made a single 3-pointer. Michigan has turned the ball over ten times and continued to play sloppy against a team they should be dominating. Wofford went on an 8-0 run over the course of two and half minutes before a Jon Horford dunk pushed the Wolverine lead back to double digits.

Michigan leads 40-30 with 10:11 remaining, and has scored just six points in the first 10 minutes of the second half.

Wofford has continued to struggle shooting from the outside, but Michigan has yet to make them pay.

The Terriers are 0-for-11 from behind the arc, and didn’t score for the first four minutes of the second half. The Wolverines aren’t off to a great start themselves. Their lead was at 17 following a Nik Stauskas 3-pointer to open the second half, but they have continued to play undisciplined and sloppy basketball.

Michigan leads 38-26 with 13:24 remaining.

The Wolverines weren’t themselves for the first few minutes of the game, but they have settled in and lead 34-20 heading into the half.

Michigan has been playing very fast, and the only thing that has kept them from a bigger lead is self-inflicted turnovers from playing just a little too fast. They turned the ball over eight times in the first half. It shouldn’t be a problem, though. The Terriers were unable to take advantage of some early momentum, and the Wolverines spent the last 12 minutes of the half building their lead.

It’s important that the Wolverines know how crucial it is that they play smart basketball in the second half. The momentum from playing a complete second half can go a long way in determining how you come out of the gates against your next opponent.

Glenn Robinson III leads the way with 11 points, while Nik Stauskas made all three shots he took in the first half to finish with nine points.

Michigan is shooting 64% from the floor.

Wofford’s fast start by scoring the first four points may be the highlight of the game for the Terriers. The Wolverines continue to get to the basket and play solid defense. Michigan will still need to settle down a bit. They are playing very fast and getting ahead of themselves at times, causing turnovers that are easily avoidable.

Nik Stauskas needs the ball in his hands. The game looks easy for him right now. Caris LeVert has done the majority of the ball-handling so far, but Stauskas needs to put his foot down and take over this game before the end of the half. He has seven points on 3-for-3 shooting.

Michigan leads 25-14 with 3:49 remaining in the first half.

The Wolverines have started to impose their will on Wofford. They are getting any shot they want. They are drawing fouls, and they are playing at a pace they are comfortable with.

Everyone is getting in on the act so far. Seven Michigan players have scored, and Nik Stauskas is the only Wolverine with more than a single field goal. He has five points.

Michigan leads 20-10 with 7:18 remaining in the first half.

Last year at this time, not many people expected Michigan to make a run at the Final Four. Heck, not many expected them to beat a very good VCU team in the round of 32. But this year, thing’s are different.

Nik Stauskas and Caris LeVert have gone from role players on that 2013 team to prime-time performers for this year’s squad. Stauskas, the Big Ten Player of the Year, needs to assert himself in this tournament and do it early. He and LeVert, along with lone senior Jordan Morgan, need to instill a focus on this team from the start. The Wolverines can’t afford to overlook Wofford, the champions of the Southern Conference, who have only lost twice since mid-January.

It’s expected that Michigan will advance today, but they can’t just show up and expect to cruise to victory. 15-seeds have beaten 2-seeds before. In fact, it happened last March (Remember Florida Gulf Coast?). If the Wolverines want to make another run at a national title, they’ll need to start by putting their best foot forward today and handling their business.