PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Add Michigan to the list of college basketball teams with major upsets early in the season.
The Wolverines got 24 points and five rebounds from Eli Brooks as they surprised fourth-ranked North Carolina 73-64 Thursday in the semifinal of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Michigan will play Gonzaga in Friday’s 2 p.m. championship game.
The Wolverines improved to 6-0 in Juwan Howard’s first season as coach, despite star guard Zavier Simpson missing large chunks of Thursday’s game because of foul trouble.
Michigan broke open a close game with a 19-0 run midway through the second half to take a 60-36 lead. North Carolina (5-1) closed within 69-61 with 1:30 to play.
But a three-point basket by Brooks put the Wolverines up by 11 points with 1:06 left.
Early foul trouble sidelines Simpson
Simpson played 10 minutes of the first half and just seven in the second. The point guard had the toughest matchup on the floor…