The West Region final might be going down to the wire.
Down 58-54 to MI with 11 seconds left Saturday in the Elite Eight matchup, Leonard Hamilton's Seminoles elected not to foul, conceding a game that was nearly certainly decided (if not completely decided).
The Wolverines discovered early on that they wouldn't be able to run away from the Seminoles with the same ease they used in the Sweet Sixteen to dispatch Texas A&M, scoring 99 points on almost 62 percent shooting.
It's a 7-2 run for the Wolverines to open the second half, as FSU calls timeout before MI can extend their largest lead of the game.
Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton gestures during the first half of the team's NCAA men's college basketball tournament regional final against MI on Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Los Angeles. Talent has made MI one of the last teams standing, but Florida State deserves some credit too.
Cofer hit a pair of free throws with 4:15 left to get FSU within three at 47-44.
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Florida State's relentless defense forced seven turnovers in the first 16:04.
I guess it's fitting that they were the game they finally won comfortably. They also knew it didn't matter, because Florida State troubled the twine even less. But in the end, Michigan's run early in the second half gave the Wolverines some breathing room as FSU struggled to score. It was the first time both teams had majority black starters in the NCAA title game.
Coach Leonard Hamilton's surprising Seminoles are trying to reach just the second Final Four in their school's history.
Florida state was 13-of-14 from the line but missed the front end of a one and one at 4:56.
He received a $200,000 bonus when the Seminoles made the 68-team field and an additional $50,000 for consecutive appearances.
With Michigan up by four, Florida State allowed the Wolverines to dribble out the clock without fouling again. Michigan's offense was by no means prolific, but on a night when they themselves shot 38.8 percent, that was more than enough to win with their defensive effort.
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MI will now face off with Cinderella story Loyola-Chicago in the Final Four next week.
Loyola-Chicago has been successful this season as they are unsafe on both sides of the ball as the Ramblers have a well-balanced offense with multiple weapons and a suffocating defense that has given opponents this NCAA Tournament a ton of trouble.
Ben Richardson was the offensive catalyst for Loyola as he shot 6-for-7 from 3-point range and finished with 23 points.
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MI is headed to its first Final Four in five years with another upset-minded opponent waiting. Kansas State was denied its attempt to return to the Final Four for the first time since 1964. He added a team-leading eight rebounds.
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