Michigan's Red-Hot 2nd Half Shooting Leads To WinBy Kelly Sanders Mar 18, 2017
OSU lost to MI 92-91 on Friday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
MI won the game; OK State was the miracle victor in Las Vegas. The start time is slated for 12:15 p.m. ET and is a CBS Sports broadcast.
But most of all, and most effusively, Gottlieb pointed to Jawun Evans, the Cowboys' All-Big 12 sophomore guard.
Jeffrey Carroll and Phil Forte are Oklahoma State's sharpshooters.
After a mostly boring first day of the NCAA Tournament, the opening game delivered excitement in spades. He is a passing wizard with outstanding court vision.
Michigan: The Wolverines certainly have momentum. Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood must have been apoplectic as he watched MI continue to launch successful long jump shots. When these Wolverines are good, they're great, giving seven teams their worst loss of the season. At least it's better than the three-game losing streak the Cowboys are on. The Spartans have also lost three of their last four to drop to 19-14 on the season.
Who: Michigan (24-11) vs. They rode the adrenaline and emotion of that scary experience to shock the field and win the Big Ten Tournament as the No. 8 seed. This is important for the Big Ten as it will help bring a little bit of respect and acknowledgement to the conference, even if it is the NIT Tournament and not the major March tournament. They'd have to win four games in four days - a tall order, which is why no team seeded that low has ever done it.
"He's a heck of a point guard", said teammate Zak Irvin, who scored 16. He struggled offensively for most of the season, but has found his rhythm recently.
Miami ranked last in the ACC in assists per game (11.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (0.9).
Not quite the shot-blocking menace on the sideline that he is on the floor for Oregon.
No. 1 Villanova starts slow, finishes Mount St. Mary's in first round
The Mountaineers scored the opening basket of the second half, then Villanova reeled off 13 straight points as part of a 21-4 run. Their offense was relegated to taking any three point look they could get, and exhausted legs were unable to keep up on defense.
"Any of the things that MI does well, I think Oklahoma State does as well or better". They give it away on almost 20% of their possessions, which ranks 243rd nationally.
The droves of MI fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse held their collective breath, waiting to see how their team would respond out of the break. They're the only tournament team that has committed over 700 fouls this year.
Or as Wolverine forward Moritz Wagner mentioned about trying to play defense in such a game, "It can be frustrating".
"That was definitely the start we wanted", Goodwin said of the three-goal period. Wagner isn't the only player who can shoot the heck out of it. The Cowboys aren't good defensively and MI has improved their defense by leaps and bounds, since the beginning of the season.
Trends of note: MI is 6-0 on neutral ground this season and the Cowboys have gone Under the Total a flawless 5-0 in their last 5 NCAA Tournament affairs as an oddsmaker opening underdog between a pick'em and 6.5 points. I'm not really sure why because they are not a typical matchup for most teams. "I think that maybe it was more of a shot at my AD (Mark Hollis) since he was on the committee". "That's typical. Around this time, everybody's good". Their pace rating of 72.9 is the fourth fastest of any team in the tournament, while Michigan's 63.7 is the second slowest. The problem: MI went 11 of 15 from 3-point range in the second half. Can they fire it back up or have they already won their Super Bowl? Derrick Walton Jr.is the leading the way, Michigan's won six in a row and now the popular Cinderella pick is one win away from making the Sweet 16. MI wins, 78-71. Oklahoma State has the top adjusted offense according to KenPom rankings. The winningest coach in MI history is normally all business. John Beilein's team was better at the end, although a last-minute push from the Cowboys made the score closer.
In just his first (and only) year of college basketball, Miles Bridges has made a huge impact on the Big Ten basketball scene. The Wolverines outlast OK St 82-76.
Tournament Record: 52-25, 26 years. Sportsline is similar: MI -2.5 with an over/under of 153.5.
Penn State improved to 22-11-2, while the Wolverines ended their season at 13-19-3. Instead, Troy went 5 of 23 from behind the arc.
Minutes later, a transition triple from Duncan Robinson was followed by a timely defensive stop and a pair of long triples from Walton - and then a nifty floater - to suddenly give U-M its largest lead of the game, 76-68, with 7:33 to play. 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. Of course 1992 and 1993 have since been vacated.
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