Madness: First victory for Michigan – but Wagner struggles
The Michigan Wolverines remain in the race for the college championship. Moritz Wagner doesn’t have a good day against Montana and is annoyed about the start.
Successful March Madness kick-off for Moritz Wagner and the Michigan Wolverines: The third seeded team did justice to its favourite role against the Montana Grizzlies.
The Wolverines beat Grizzlies 61:47 (31:28) in the second half thanks to a clear increase in performance.
Wagner, who was last named “Most Outstanding Player” of the Big Ten Tournament, did not have his best day.
In the end, he scored five points, six rebounds and two assists. He only scored two of his six attempts from the field and also lost three balls.
Michigan got off to a bad start and only made their first appearance on the scoreboard at 0:10 – much to Wagner’s annoyance.
“We got lazy on the court and that can’t happen. If we do this against another team, the show is over,” said Wagner, who did not score a single point in the first half.
After a weak start, the Wolverines fought their way back into the match led by Charles Matthews, who was the best pitcher of the game with 20 points.
In the second half it was the grizzlies who completely missed the start of the second half and allowed the Wolverines to take a decisive 12-0 run.
In the next round Wagner and the Wolverines have to deal with the Houston Cougars and their big star Rob Gray.