The unstoppable force slammed through the immovable object Sunday as No. 7 MI completed a second-half comeback to take down No. 2 Louisville, 73-69, in the Midwest Region at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Wolverines, winners of the Big Ten tournament, have now won six straight games.
Wolverines advance to the Sweet Sixteen after a tense 73-69 win over Louisville on Sunday.
MI improved to 26-11 and now has a 7-game winning streak. That held true in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, when the Wolverines made 11 second-half threes to beat Oklahoma State.
But the Wolverines tied the game at 28 with 1:39 to play.
This team is a tough matchup with its array of skill, length, athletic ability and shooting touch.
MI forward D.J. Wilson has been showcasing his versatility during, making him an appealing National Basketball Association prospect with his length (6-feet-9, 240 pounds) and athleticism. Adel had 10 first half points. "Then we gave him his right hand on a couple of crucial plays". Despite shooting the ball poorly (3-of-10), Walton also contributed by scoring 10 points, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out six assists and turning the ball over zero times.
Moritz "Moe" Wagner, the German import from Berlin, carried MI (26-11) with a career-high 26 points, hitting 11 of 14 shots. Few have had a better game in the 2017 NCAA tourney than Wagner did today. Michigan State shot just 11-30 (36.7 percent) in the half and made just 3 of 11 three-point tries.More news: White House to offer balanced budget plan by mid-May: Mulvaney
Michigan, after a plane mishap, Big Ten title push and making it this far, didn't blink while pulling off the upset late. His following basket put the the Wolverines on top for the first time since it was 2-0. By keeping it light, Beilein got through and took a super soaker on his players for a job well done. Derrick Walton, Jr.is playing like a man possessed right now and sometimes that's all it takes. UL led by seven heading to the break and then slowly pulled away over the final 20 minutes. Abdur-Rahkman hit two free throws to complete the comeback and get MI even. "He has been so good, and we go as he goes".
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After his Wolverines edged No. 2 Louisville in Indianapolis on Sunday, Beilein ambushed the victors in their locker room with an oversized water gun, rendering their small bottles and cups futile in a joint celebration. "So, as a result of them switching that much, Moe has to think a lot more".
What's next? MI will take on the victor of No. 3 OR vs.
The Wolverines advance in the NCAA's Midwest Regional, where they'll face either OR (30-5) OR Rhode Island (25-9) on Thursday in Kansas City, Mo.
The first was the 2005 Elite Eight contest between Beilein's eight-seeded West Virginia team and Pitino's powerhouse Louisville team.