MI upsets Louisville in Midwest region

After 39 seasons on the college sidelines as a head coach and four head-to-head matchups with Pitino, Beilien understands his team must be ready for anything and everything in Sunday's second-round game at Indianapolis. Louisville's adjusted defense on KenPom is also ranked 7, but they are susceptible to giving up points.

On 11-of-14 shooting, Michigan's Mortiz Wagner carried the Wolverines with 26 points. With Michigan holding a four-point lead under two minutes to play, it patiently waited for a shot before Derrick Walton passed to Wagner on the wing and he pulled off a tremendous fake to get Mangok Mathiang off-balance before driving to the basket for two.

Blair Schaefer scored 18 points, Jazzmun Holmes added 14 and Mississippi State beat DePaul 92-71 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

"I was never treated like the reality of what it was; I was never treated like a walk-on", said guard Cameron Mills, whose emergence with the 1996-97 team following an injury to All-America candidate Derek Anderson helped Kentucky to the NCAA title game. The Wolverines used a 45-point second half to shock the Cardinals in Indianapolis.

The Wolverines will now play the victor of Sunday night's OR vs. Rhode Island game in Sweet Sixteen action on Thursday in Kansas City.

In the backcourt, Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell are both threats to put up big points. The Wolverines were up 64-59 at the 3-minute mark, 65-61 with two minutes left to play and 67-63 during a timeout with exactly 1:00 showing on the clock.

No. 2 seed Louisville (25-8) advanced Friday with a 78-63 first-round victory against Jacksonville State, while No. 7 seed MI (25-11) got 26 points, 11 assists and five rebounds from red-hot point guard Derrick Walton Jr.in a 92-91 victory against Oklahoma State.

Yet the Big Ten already has sent three teams to the Sweet 16 with Purdue, Wisconsin and MI advancing. The Cardinals create a lot of their offense through turning the ball over, so MI can force Louisville to create more in the half court.

Kevin Scott scored 19 points to lead the 16th-seeded Tigers (23-12), the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. That is when MI went to work, pulling even at 51-51 with 9:16 remaining on two free throws by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.

Once inside the locker room, coach John Beilein playfully squirted his players with a water gun. He played for Michigan Mustangs, I played for Dorian's Pride.

  • Lila Blake