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Four teams punched their ticket into the Elite Eight after winning Thursday night, including No. 3 Michigan and No. 9 Florida State.
Staples Center in Los Angeles played host to the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional. No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Gonzaga, No. 7 Texas A&M and No. 9 Florida State were the four teams playing with sights on a trip to the Final Four in San Antonio.
Gonzaga was favored to emerge out of the West regional after No. 1 Xavier and No. 2 North Carolina saw early exits.
However, the Bulldogs were eliminated as No. 9 Florida State came up with the 75-60 upset on Thursday night. With the victory, the Seminoles advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1993.
Junior guard Terance Mann led the Seminoles with 18 points on 8-of-13 shooting.
Senior forward Phil Cofer, who had seven points in 26 minutes as a starter, spoke to Spark Sports on the win and the team’s game plan for Saturday’s matchup:
Freshman Ike Obiagu, who contributed four points and six rebounds in ten minutes of play, also shared his thoughts on the upset.
No. 3 Michigan defeats No. 7 Texas A&M to advance to the Elite 8
In the first game of the 2018 West Regional, No. 3 Michigan handily defeated No. 7 Texas A&M, 99-72. The Wolverines shot 62 percent from the floor and hit 14 three-pointers – ten in the first half.
Senior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the Wolverines with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting, including 4-of-7 from three with seven assists. Junior forward Moritz Wagner added 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting.
Fellow senior guard Jaaron Simmons had three of the team’s 21 assists off the bench.
Michigan will face Florida State on Saturday, March 24 with tip-off set to begin at 5:49 p.m. at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
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