Atlantic Coast and the over is 9-4-1 in MI last 14 Sunday games.
That was a reference to a play you might recall from a 1992 East Regional final that ended with Hill passing to Christian Laettner for a game-winning basket for Duke against Pitino’s Kentucky team.
MI needed points to outlast the Cowboys.
Yesterday was no exception. After rolling through the Big Ten tournament, MI connected on 16 of its 29 attempts from behind the arc in a 92-91 win over Oklahoma State in the first round.
OR 93, Iona 77 – With star big man Chris Boucher cheering in a bulky knee brace from the sidelines, Tyler Dorsey scored 24 points to lead four players in double figures, and No. 3 seed OR beat 14th-seeded Iona 93-77 Friday in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament’s Midwest Region.
Regardless of how close the game actually was, MI advances.
He has a Louisville team that has struggled late in the season to stop the three.
Yes, the reports are true: Rick Pitino did, in fact, compare the MI basketball team to the Golden State Warriors.
Despite a slow start to the game, MI was able to get their offense going, especially in the second half. Instead, I’ll be doing the same thing in preview form. They have a big-time point guard in Derrick Walton Jr. He hasn’t done that. At least it’s better than the three-game losing streak the Cowboys are on.
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.
MI has four players averaging double figures in scoring in Walton (15.5), Irvin (12.9), Moritz Wagner (11.8) and Wilson (10.8) while Abdur-Rahkman (9.3) is close. In a game, Abdur-Rahkman must produce. Keep Louisville to under seven 3-pointers made. Chances are he won’t shoot that poorly tomorrow, so MAAR will be in for quite the challenge. The best weapon the Spartans have is likely their coach. That coincided with his backcourt mate, Quentin Snider, out with a hip problem. MI made 16 three pointers, with 11 of those coming in the second half.
Especially if there’s any caged up frustration from last season’s absence. This year, Wilson will probably have a legit decision to make about the National Basketball Association.
Pitino also continues to see the game through a different set of eyes than some of his coaching colleagues. “So when that happened to me yesterday, that’s what I was thinking, I didn’t want to get blown by, or possibly pick up a foul or have one of our bigs get into foul trouble”. Adel added two free throws off a phantom foul call on Wagner with 9.1 seconds remaining, and MI went to the locker room down, shockingly, by eight.
Duncan Robinson- If Wagner goes to the bench, MI has shifted to going with Robinson and Irvin interchangeably at the 3/4.
As the second-half unfolded, MI started to heat up on both ends of the floor. “And they only give you an hour and a half of practice, too”.
Rick Pitino appreciates being back in the NCAA Tournament, maybe more than ever. In games where it’s first to 70, which it likely will be tomorrow, Simpson becomes super valuable.
Still, the Gamecocks refused to let Louisville completely run away.
Mark Donnal- Short and sweet. “I tell you what I expect, I expect a team that’s going to come after us right from the get-go”.
This is a game MI absolutely can win.
“They have all the ingredients that add up to great runs”. The key, as it always is with MI, is tempo.
Louisville is getting caught up in the coaching carousel as it plays its NCAA Tournament game.
Junior guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman soon tied it with a pair of free throws, and his put-back on a fast break gave MI its first lead since 2-0, at 53-51. If I remember correctly, they had 11 threes.