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Matthews helps guide Wolverines to Final Four

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Michigan Wolverines have joined the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the Final Four of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The No. 3 seed Wolverines defeated the No. 9 seed Florida State Seminoles, 58-54, on Saturday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Wolverines improved to 32-7 on the season. The 32 wins are a new program record. This is Michigan’s first Final Four appearance since the 2013 season when they lost 82-76 in the National Championship to the Louisville Cardinals.

Charles Matthews is seen here celebrating the Michigan Wolverines win over the Florida State Seminoles (Getty Images)

Charles Matthews is seen here celebrating the Michigan Wolverines win over the Florida State Seminoles (Getty Images)

This is the Wolverines second Final Four appearance under John Beilein. Michigan is 47-22 overall in the NCAA Tournament, including 1-3 in Championship games.

The Seminoles ended their season with a 23-12 record.

Charles Matthews led the Wolverines with 17 points. He also had eight rebounds, two blocks, and one steal.

Matthews was one of two Michigan players, who scored in double-figures. Moritz Wagner also had 12 points.

The Wolverines had 9 bench points. Duncan Robinson led the bench with seven points.

Phil Cofer led the Seminoles with 16 points. He also had a double-double with 12 rebounds and one block.

Cofer was one of two Florida state players, who scored in double-figures. PJ Savoy added 12 points.

The Seminoles had 24 bench points. Savoy led the bench with 12 points.

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