CLOSE Michigan basketball coach John Beilein discusses NCAA tournament win over Montana, March 21, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Nick Baumgardner, Freep Free Press sports writer Nick Baumgardner breaks down Michigan's NCAA tournament round of 32 matchup with Florida on Saturday: Fast facts Matchup: No. 2 Michigan (29-6) vs. No. 10 Florida (20-15).
Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Last SlideNext Slide [ Michigan gets new life in NCAA tournament, blasts Montana ] Sizing up Florida: Florida’s the highest-rated double-digit seed in the tournament, per KenPom’s efficiency numbers.
Bottom line: Florida may look at what Montana did to get Michigan into some early turnover issues and push its already capable defense in that direction Saturday, as this game could be a low-scoring grinder.
(Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP) Prediction Florida, on paper, is a worse version of Michigan in that its defense out-paces its offense.