Tourney recap: No. 7 MI upsets No. 2 Louisville, 73-69


SWEET SUCCESS: Louisville has made the Sweet 16 in five of the past six years.

Louisville opened up a 47-38 lead in the first five minutes of the second half, but MI, the No. 7 seed and surprise winners of the Big Ten Tournament as an eight-seed, would not go away.

A lay-up from UM's Derrick Walton Jr with 29 seconds remaining was the final straw for U of L.

Yep, that's head coach John Beilein entering with a water gun to try and get his players before they doused him with their cups of water. Louisville then trimmed the margin to 69-67 but free throws pushed MI back up 71-67 at 17.3 seconds.

Wagner buoyed the Wolverines against UL early in the second half, scoring eight early points, in giving the distinct sense that UL had no answers for the German mainstay. He attacked the basket, stepped out and hit a three and used his improved post moves to score easy buckets.

The Cardinals continued with another outburst at the beginning of the second half, going in front by nine at 41-32, 43-34, 45-36 and 47-38.

After an upset-laden Saturday, Michigan handed us another one in the first game of Sunday.

The final 1:18 demonstrated Michigan's resiliency as the Wolverines never yielded to Louisville's trademark pressure. The Wolverines held off Oklahoma State with a thrilling 92-91 win.

MI answered by hitting eight of nine shots to cut the Louisville's lead to 49-46.

Despite a slow start to the game, MI was able to get their offense going, especially in the second half. Three years ago, the Shockers were 35-0 when they played Kentucky - also in the second round - and lost 78-76.

That has been the Cardinals' biggest problem all season and it showed itself on Sunday afternoon. To be honest, the game was probably over, but Wilson's block (he had a similar one vs. Purdue in the team's first game of the Big Ten tourney to force overtime) provided the final dagger that sent MI to the Sweet 16.

Michigan, the No. 7 seed in the Midwest, will move on to face the victor of Sunday night's matchup between No. 3 seed OR and No. 11 seed Rhode Island.

The Wolverines had a mediocre regular season, but their fortunes turned after the plane crash. The team's aircraft slid off a MI airport runway last week as it attempted to travel to Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tournament.



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