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The Wolverines' unusual and unexpected March continues.

The battle looked settled when Michigan's D.J. Wilson made two free throws with four seconds left for a 92-88 lead - and also gave MI a cover with the 2.5-point spread favoring the Wolverines, CBS Sports reports.

Must-watch game: There's a few games worthy of this spot (Miami-Michigan State and Dayton-Wichita State come to mind), but let's go with 11th-seeded Rhode Island and coach Dan Hurley taking on sixth-seeded Creighton in the Midwest Regional.

The total has gone under in Miami's last six games against teams with winning records. The Wolverines were ahead by six themselves by the nine-minute remaining mark, and they stayed up from there. It had to be the hard way. The game will be Sunday in Indianapolis.

The Wolverines would win four games in four days in D.C. and claim their only Big Ten title. After all that drama, there might be more left. Nothing came easy on offense for Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell, as the First Round win showcased Deng Adel's value in the Card's potential Final Four run.

Rhode Island is one of the hottest teams in the country and now advancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1998. If you didn't enjoy this game, have someone slide a mirror under your nose to check to see if you're still breathing. Your matchup lived up to the hype.

Who: Michigan (24-11) vs. Michigan, the fourth-best offense in terms of efficiency, shot 51.8 percent, including 11-of-15 from beyond the arc in the second half.

For Miami, Ja'Quan Newton tallied a team-high 16 points.

It was an astonishing display.

MI closed as a 2.5-point betting favorite today against Oklahoma State in a first round game and led by four points with the final seconds quickly ticking off the clock.

"Nobody will know the year we've gone through", Izzo said.

Behold college basketball, circa 2017. Since Jan. 14, Evans has averaged 19.6 points, 7.1 assists and 3.8 rebounds, and Walton has averaged 18.1 points, 5.5 assists and 5.4 rebounds. He used it to get West Virginia to the Elite Eight in 2005.

MI got on the board a little later when Sanchez knocked in a rebound on a power play.

A win for the Lions against the Wolverines should be enough to give Guy Gadowsky's squad its first at-large bid into the National Tournament.

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Evans hit a deep three at the buzzer to pull the final score within one, but the game had already been decided.

Michigan State Spartans players huddle during practice at BOK Center.

After one of his second-half 3-pointers, MI point guard Derrick Walton Jr. pounded his chest and took a few steps backward down the court. The game was tied 3-3 at the under-16 timeout, but both teams found their stroke and MI went into the locker room up 41-40 at halftime. A lot of people don't have a great job. For Michigan, it camouflages defensive shortcomings. They were 16-for-29 for the game.

Jet-quick point guard Jawun Evans wasn't as efficient as Walton, but he tallied 23 points and dished out 12 assists.

OSU was flawless in 10 trips to the charity stripe in the opening half, but U-M held a distinct advantage in turnovers, committing just two while forcing eight as the Wolverines converted the miscues into 10 points.

Oklahoma State has more firepower and can crank up the pace to try to run U-M out of the gym. They also don't steal the ball much, ranking 267th in that category. Despite the pre-dawn wake-up and their early flight time, they got caught in D.C.'s legendary traffic and barely made it to the arena in time for tip off. "It's a lot of fun to know you've got that rock that you can always count on", MI guard Duncan Robinson said.

Chalk it up as another first-round victory for Beilein.

The problem was that MI was scheduled to play its first tournament game the next day in DC at 12:20 p.m. How else could you explain setting up Louisville and MI to meet in the second round?

A one-off contest may favor the Lions, who swept the Wolverines in the first head-to-head way back in early December and who will have more to play for now than last weekend.

The Wolverines led by seven with under a minute to go but the Cowboys wouldn't go away.

Jersey story to follow: The ninth-seeded Seton Hall Pirates open up with a tough game against Arkansas in the South Region.

Right now, Bovada has MI -3 with an over/under of 154. It has so far.

The higher seeds went 14-2 on Thursday, the only upsets coming by 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee and 11th seeded Xavier.

"That was definitely the start we wanted", Goodwin said of the three-goal period.


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