Seventh-seeded MI and second-seeded Louisville have tipped off Sunday’s second-round games in Indianapolis.
MI was called a “traditionally white-collar team” by an opposing Big Ten center earlier this season.
#9 Michigan State vs #1 Kansas. Betting odds are courtesy of KenPom. Do not be deceived by the difference in seeds though; this game is going to be a battle. Walton stuffed the stat sheet again with 10 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Irvin’s shots were all important as the senior finished with 11 points on 5-of-9 shooting. The Wolverines had a plane mishap before arriving in Washington for the Big Ten tournament, then won four games in four days for the automatic bid. Such an event could have broken a team, but not MI.
Louisville likes to run a press defense, and that could work in Michigan’s favor. They’ve only gone 3-3 over their last six games, including a first-round exit from the ACC Tournament.
Hayes isn’t wrong. You can’t dismiss a Wisconsin team led by veterans such as Hayes and Bronson Koenig, who have played in multiple Final Fours.
That has been the Cardinals’ biggest problem all season and it showed itself on Sunday afternoon.
MI thus marches on as one of the biggest stories of March Madness. After coming out on top 92-91 during the opening round’s most thrilling game, MI gears back up for what promises to be another fast-paced contest against Rick Pitino’s Louisville squad. “We’re down two scholarships”. In the game, all of the Spartans freshmen standouts did just that, stand out.
In the backcourt, Quentin Snider and Donovan Mitchell are both threats to put up big points.
“This is a very inexperienced team”, Pitino told reporters.
The Kentucky-Wichita State rematch has tipped off in Indianapolis on a court where bluegrass teams are having a tough time. The Big Ten in an underdog role?
“A team that isn’t as experienced, that might not have the poise we have, would come back and try to win it all right away”, Beilein said.
The Big Ten had no dominant teams and rosters filled with youth. Louisville was making its first postseason appearance since 2015 after sitting out last year because of a one-year, school-imposed postseason ban for alleged recruiting violations.