MI coach John Beilein celebrates Louisville upset by super soaking his players
Mar 20 2017 by Kelly Saunders
Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, Wagner made a layup that started a 17-6 run to give MI its first lead since the opening minutes of the game.
As a result, their season is over.
Wagner snapped drought with a spin move and layup and got loose for another layup to cut the deficit to 21-18 with 7:16 left in the half. Coach Rick Pitino will undoubtedly be looking for a stronger performance from his team on Sunday. They are just playing so well right now, I can't look past them.
Now entering the Sweet 16, MI rolls on.
After falling behind in the first half to Louisville, Michigan couldn't miss in the second half.
Louisville went to halftime with its largest lead of the game at 36-28 and, trailing at the half for the first time since the Northwestern game, MI was facing a climb to reach the Sweet 16.
MI won the game with only six players scoring.
Norbertas Giga scored 30 points for 15th-seeded Jacksonville State (20-15), which was one of a record five teams making their first tourney appearance. "All year, it's been very tough on the whole team to focus in mentally on the little things that make a great defensive team".
MI spent most of the first half overcoming obstacles. Yet he needed to primarily be a low-post powerhouse Sunday, and he delivered.
With Walton 3-for-13 from the floor (though he hit a nasty clutch three late), it was the Moe show.
"They made 11 3s".
Louisville absorbed that same miserable fate on Sunday.
"Because they shoot the ball so well, the plan was to basically try to switch everything", Louisville center Mangok Mathiang said. Donovan Mitchell has been a terrific shot-creator all season long.
"Our whole thought with that was, 'What if we could get some athletes that can shoot it?"
Sitting next to him, Mitchell said, "Bad shooting days happen, but we know why we lost this game". "They were getting breaks and breaks and breaks with the ball bouncing their way".
"It's a feel-good story, but we're more than just a Cinderella story", Wilson said. The Cardinals extended their defenders beyond the 3-point line at every opportunity.
MI erased a nine-point second-half deficit and ended Louisville's season with a 73-69 victory at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Sunday. The over/under total for the game is 141 points.
What was Snider's free-throw stat line against MI? The Wolverines were a 5-seed coming into the game. The Cardinals, with 2:45 left, sat on 59 points. Renowned for its three-point shooting, MI responded to perimeter defense deployed beyond the arc by spacing the floor and creating lucrative lanes to the basket. While Michigan was scoring almost every trip down the court in the second half, Louisville had stretches when they couldn't buy a basket.
Quentin Snider didn't get the memo.
The Wolverines had been discussing all weekend that the Cardinals' length would be an issue for them - it certainly came as advertised.