Have a player score over 25. His basket in the post made it 63-57 MI with 4:50 remaining. “Sometimes they’re going to trap, sometimes they’re going to run and jump”.
Mitchell’s remarks suggested he is not yet ready to turn pro, this though he has been projected as a first-round draft choice, and he repeatedly reinforced that impression with non-binding declarations that he didn’t want to end his college career on a loss. I saw that the lane was wide open and just took it. Therefore, my confidence level was high.
“The thing is with all those algorithms, they can’t calculate heart, will to win, toughness, desire”, Hayes said. They’ve been winning games in different ways and now they head to Kansas City to see if they can keep building on the momentum.
But a team-even one coached by Pitino-can only stave off an onslaught for so long. The Wolverines were 14-9 overall and 4-6 in the Big Ten when they lost to Ohio State on February 4, but they’re 12-2 since then, once again morphing into one of the nation’s most potent offenses under offensive guru John Beilein. “We’ve worked hard to play 1-on-1 in the post”. He just makes the right play at all times. They didn’t get almost enough touches. The Wolverines are now 25-11 overall and 16-17 against the spread. Shoot, Wagner, known as Moe, and Wilson are roommates. “I hope they get back to a national championship game”.
Sitting next to him, Mitchell said, “Bad shooting days happen, but we know why we lost this game. That was big, a big confidence boost”. They have two versatile bigs in Wilson and Wagner, and great guard play and three-point shooting.
After matching a season-low with four turnovers against Oklahoma State, Michigan’s average dropped to 9.2 per game – the best in the nation and perhaps a major reason Pitino promised he wouldn’t turn up the pressure Sunday.
The rematch of the 2013 title game was a classic in its own right, with the Cardinals leading for almost 29 minutes and dominating the game with its monster frontcourt until the Wolverines showed up late, led by Derrick Walton Jr.’s timely senior performance. Few players are as dialed in as he has been the last couple of months.
Guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman added, “He was remarkable”.
Louisville took control from the get-go, jumping out to a 3-point lead at the outset and 7-point bulges at 15-8 and 21-14. “And his smile was just incredible”.
And that is why they continue marching in March.
Pitino’s halftime adjustment knocked out the best team Beilein ever had at West Virginia, and it took him eight years before he took a team that deep in March again.
I asked Wagner what his thoughts were walking off the court after the game of his life.
“Obviously very sad right now for our guys”, he said. We’ve just got to be able to use it as fuel and motivation. We just always find a way. They had an underneath out of bounds play with only three to shoot, but Mathiang was called for a hold before the ball ever came in.