After rampaging through their first four tournament games, the Louisville Cardinals narrowly escaped Wichita State to earn a date with Michigan in the national title game. As John Beilein and the Wolverines frantically prepare to face the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, you can bet that they’ll take a long look at how the ninth-seeded Shockers came within four points of a historic upset.
One huge key to Wichita State’s near-surprise was keeping the Louisville press from dictating the tempo. The Shockers committed a mere 10 turnovers, and Michigan—the nation’s best team at avoiding the giveaway—has to be heartened by the way Wichita State kept Louisville from getting out and running for large chunks of the game.
Read on for more on the things the Shockers did (and didn’t quite do) that can serve as object lessons for Michigan in the run-up to Monday night’s championship game.