Bryant Reeves sat about eight rows behind the OSU bench Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Coach John Beilein said Walton seems to welcome defensive switches that leave bigger players trying to guard him, and Walton indicated that he’s developed a better feel for the game with experience.
“It’s hard to simulate that in practice”, Walton said.
But happen it did.
Larranaga has made it to the second weekend in both of his previous trips to the tournament with Miami. The Wolverines set a record for most 3-pointers by a Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament.
USC also rallied from a big deficit in the second half in its First Four win over Providence. “They’re a great basketball team”.
More stats: Kenpom.com ranks Kansas as the No. 9 team in the country, while Michigan State ranks No. 33 behind Rhode Island and just ahead of Minnesota.
And OSU was sent home because basketball has changed. The Michigan State-Miami matchup will do absolutely nothing to dissuade against that.
No. 11 USC upsets No. 6 SMU, 66-65 – Elijah Stewart drained a corner 3-pointer with under a minute left on the clock to give the Trojans a one-point lead. After a slow start, MI made 15 of its last 22 from long range.
Nick Ward is a close second.
A 12-4 MI run allowed the Wolverines to keep the Cowboys at a short arm-length distance. With just three team fouls to that point, OSU spent the next 50 seconds trying to foul in order to extend the game.
Halftime_Michigan 41-40. 3-Point Goals_Oklahoma St. 7-16 (Carroll 3-4, Dillard 1-2, Evans 1-3, Hammonds 1-3, Forte 1-4), MI 16-29 (Walton 6-9, Irvin 4-6, Abdur-Rahkman 3-6, Robinson 2-4, Wilson 1-3, Wagner 0-1). MI guard Derrick Walton Jr.
“It’s unbelievable how contagious shooting becomes”, Underwood said. Miles Bridges scored 18 and led with nine rebounds. Once a game is enough, thank you. Underwood was relatively pleased with OSU’s defense.
Evans threw in a 3-pointer at the buzzer to make it a one-point loss for the Cowboys – which blew the cover from MI bettors, who were laying 2.5 points.
“The game is evolving into that”, Underwood said. “It makes me go out and play much more free knowing they have a lot of confidence in me”. Not at that rate, I was hoping.
And it was a bigger challenge than most expected.
About 3 1/2 minutes later on a rush up the ice, freshman Denis Smirnov found a passing lane to Sucese – though it nearly looked as if Smirnov was shooting – with Sucese redirecting the puck into an open side of the net for his 15th score of the year. In a tenor familiar to Big 12 football fans, MI just ended up outscoring the Cowboys. So far things aren’t going their way with Oklahoma State giving them a challenging run in the opening game. Seniors Phil Forte and Leyton Hammonds scored 12 and 10 in their respective finales and Jeffrey Carroll had 19 points on just eight shots.
So you’re pretty pleased with your brackets after nailing all your picks during Day 1 of the tournament? That beat the Cowboys against MI. Louisville shot 48.4 percent and outrebounded the opponent 36-23. “In the old standards, you won today”.
One of the oldest basketball cliches has been amended a few times.
Northern Kentucky vs. Kentucky at 8:40 p.m.