2018 Women’s NIT: Bracket
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It all comes down to pace. Michigan has played at one of the slowest paces in the country all season, ranking th in kenpom. Villanova, meanwhile, ranks th in the country.
That might not seem that fast, but it might as well be a completely different sport than what the Wolverines play. Michigan will need to do whatever it can to grind the game to a halt. Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota, all of which were nowhere near the at-large picture, ranked inside the top in adjusted tempo.
The next-fastest team in the Big Ten was Nebraska, which rated th in adjusted tempo. In other words, Michigan will face a challenge like few others it has dealt with this season, and its ability to rise to that challenge will go a long way toward determining its upset chances.
But is that even possible? With all due respect to Virginia, Villanova has been the best team in the country all season, largely on the strength of its offense, which as detailed above is elite by any and all measures, both traditional and newfangled. As good as Michigan is on the defensive end, it might not be possible to slow down the Wildcats—or, perhaps more accurately, it might not be possible to slow them down to a point where they feel threatened.
The Red Raiders, which still sit fourth in kenpom. They scored just 71 points in that game, making four of their 24 attempts from behind the arc and shooting Jalen Brunson was 4-for from the floor, and Mikal Bridges was 3-for In short, Texas Tech held Villanova as close to in check as is realistically possible—and still lost by If Michigan is going to pull off the upset, it will have to follow that same script, only with a better performance on the offensive end.
That is much easier said than done against the best team in the country. If Villanova shows up with its A-game, it will reign supreme. If Michigan can force it into anything less, we could be in for a national championship game for the ages. Please enter your email address associated with the account so we can help reset your password. Stay up-to-date with the latest news and scores from your favorite teams anywhere and get customized notifications, special offers and much more.
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