NCCA March Madness Men's Basketball: Spartans Trail Kansas At Halftime, 40-35

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After controlling the first 35 minutes of the game, Louisville couldn't counter the Wolverines' late surge.

Walton and the Michigan Wolverines are fresh off completing a 92-91 victory over the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first round on Thursday.

Louisville (25-9) pulled ahead by nine twice and appeared on the cusp of breaking it open but MI clawed right back in it with a 6-0 flurry.

After the win, MI coach John Beilein drenched his players in the locker room to celebrate their unlikely journey to the Midwest regional in Kansas City. He spoke softly following Michigan's 73-69 NCAA Tournament triumph, but with an unsparing edge. Then, the program had to overcome the horrors of a plane crash as it headed to the Big Ten tourney. They've been winning games in different ways and now they head to Kansas City, Missouri, to see if they can keep rolling. The Wolverines will face the victor of No. 11 seed Rhode Island and No. 3 seed OR in Kansas City this week.

In the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament, Louisville - flowing like a river on offense - built a 12-point lead over Duke midway through the second half in Brooklyn.

The big play of the first half was a steal by Mitchell and his pass led to a dunk by Adel for a 23-18 Louisville lead.

"The thing is with all those algorithms, they can't calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire", Hayes said. MI took a six-point lead with under 1:20 to play and held on for the win despite a furious Cardinals comeback effort.

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Michigan's Wilson hit four free throws down the stretch to ice the game. A three-pointer at the buzzer allowed them to cover the spread, but that ended up being the only threat MI faced in the waning moments.

Moritz Wagner had a huge game for the Wolverines with 26 points on 11-14 shooting. That was all it took in a matchup between the two teams that played for a national championship four years ago.

Moritz Wagner stood in the triumphant postgame huddle around University of MI head coach John Beilein and could not stop smiling.

The Wolverines are in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years with their seventh win in a row - the last five have all come against NCAA Tournament opponents. MI shot 17-of-27 in the second half, outscoring the Cardinals, 45-33.

Wagner finished with a career-high 26 points, getting anything he wanted down low and D.J. Wilson iced it with four clutch free throws and a game-sealing block in the final seconds. We had some injuries to some players as well. Mahmoud had seven points and 4 rebounds with 3 blocked shots.

Donovan Mitchell led Louisville with 19 points and seven rebounds.

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. "I think I'm just very confident because of our practice, because of all the hard work we put it". They have two versatile bigs in Wilson and Wagner, and great guard play and three-point shooting.



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