March 18, 2017
Led by Derrick Walton Jr., the No. 23-ranked University of Michigan men's basketball team (25-11, 10-8 Big Ten) advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round of the Midwest region after a thrilling 92-91 win over No. 10 seed Oklahoma State in the first round. Now, the Wolverines will face No. 2-seeded Louisville (25-8, 12-6 ACC), which will be a rematch of the 2013 NCAA championship game. The second round at Bankers Life Fieldhouse is scheduled for 12:10 p.m. tipoff, with the game broadcast on CBS.
THE MICHIGAN INSIDER
Michigan is 11-2 in its last 13 games and became the lowest seed ever to win the Big Ten Tournament last week when, as the No. 8 seed, the Wolverines downed Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin on its way to winning the championship.
Michigan has won at least one NCAA Tournament game in six of its seven tournament appearances under John Beilein.
Michigan set a new school NCAA Tournament record with 16 three-point field goals against Oklahoma State. The 16 triples is also tied for the fifth-most in a single game in NCAA Tournament history and helped U-M set a new school record with 344 made three-pointers this season.
Michigan won its second Big Ten Tournament championship last week, its first since the inaugural tournament in 1998*. The Wolverines well-documented travel difficulties led to the team arriving in Washington, D.C., shortly before tipping off their opening game against Illinois. U-M went on to win four games in four days, trailing for just 14:13 of 165 minutes played during the tournament.
Derrick Walton Jr. and Zak Irvin were named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team last week, with Walton taking home Most Outstanding Player honors. Walton averaged 20.5 points and 6.3 assists per game in the four-game run while Irvin averaged 14.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest.
Michigan is making its 27th (22nd*) all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, and its seventh under head coach John Beilein. The Wolverines have appeared in the NCAA Tournament in six of the last seven seasons.
Michigan head coach John Beilein is making his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance, his 11th in the NCAA Division I Tournament. Beilein has guided Canisius (1), Richmond (1), West Virginia (2) and Michigan (7) to the Division I tournament and also took Le Moyne to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Michigan leads the country in fewest turnovers per game with just 9.2 miscues per contest. The Maize and Blue also ranks sixth in the country in fewest fouls, committing just 15.1 per game, and are 11th nationally in free-throw percentage, shooting a school-record 77.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Derrick Walton Jr. is the first Wolverine, and just the 13th player in Big Ten history, to surpass 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. Walton currently has 1,441 points, 550 rebounds and 485 assists.
Zak Irvin currently ranks second in Michigan history with 140 career games played. Irvin, who also ranks fifth in school history in career minutes (4,153) has scored 1,580 points during his career to rank 17th all-time in U-M history.
Michigan is 13-10 all-time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, with 21 of those 23 games coming in the Big Ten Tournament. U-M last played in the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis in 2014 when the Wolverines played Tennessee in the Sweet 16 and Kentucky in the Elite Eight at Lucas Oil Stadium.
MICHIGAN IN THE 2017 NCAA TOURNAMENT
Michigan was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season as the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Michigan is making its seventh NCAA Tournament appearance under head coach John Beilein, who is in his 10th season as head coach at U-M. The Wolverines had an 11-year absence from the NCAA Tournament before its first appearance under Beilein in 2009.
Michigan is the No. 7 seed in the Midwest Region. U-M is a No. 7 seed for the second time in program history. Michigan's first No. 7 seed came in 1996* when the Wolverines fell to No. 10 Texas, 80-76, in the first round in Milwaukee, Wis.
Michigan is playing in the Midwest Region for the ninth (eighth*) time in program history. This is the third time under John Beilein that the Wolverines have been in the Midwest Region; U-M also played in the Midwest under Beilein in 2012 and 2014.
Michigan will open the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. This is the second time U-M has played in the NCAA Tournament in Indianapolis. The Wolverines played the 2014 Regional Semifinal and Final in Indianapolis, defeating Tennessee (73-71) in the Sweet 16 before falling to Kentucky (75-72) in the Elite Eight; those games were played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Michigan will be in familiar surroundings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, a site that frequently hosts the Big Ten Tournament. Including Friday's victory, U-M is 13-10 all-time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, including an 11-10 record in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines also won a regular season game against Butler at the venue on Nov. 30, 2003 (61-60 in overtime).
With Friday's victory, Michigan is now 3-1 overall against Oklahoma State; the last meeting between the two schools prior to Friday came in the Postseason NIT on March 18, 1997, a 75-65 U-M win in Ann Arbor. Michigan is now 2-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament against Oklahoma State. U-M defeated the Cowboys in the Sweet 16 on March 27, 1992, in Lexington, Ky. (75-72).
Michigan is 0-3 all-time against Louisville; the last meeting between the two schools came in the 2013 national championship game on April 8, 2013, in Atlanta, Ga., an 82-76 Cardinals victory. Michigan is 0-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament against Louisville, with that 2013 national championship game being the only meeting.
NO. 2 SEED LOUISVILLE
Louisville brings a 25-8 overall record into Sunday's meeting in the NCAA Tournament Second Round, including a 12-6 mark in Atlantic Coast Conference play. Seeded fourth in the ACC Tournament, the Cardinals fell to Duke, 81-77, in the ACC Quarterfinals. Louisville defeated Jacksonville State, 78-63, on Friday in the NCAA Tournament First Round.
Three players are scoring in double figures for Louisville, led by 15.5 points per game from Donovan Mitchell. Quentin Snider (12.9 ppg) and Deng Adel (12.0 ppg) also score in double figures for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are making their 42nd all-time appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the fifth-highest mark in the country.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is in his 16th season as head coach at Louisville with a 416-142 record. Pitino is 770-270 overall in his 32 years as a head coach and is making his 21st NCAA Tournament appearance and has a 53-18 all-time record in the tournament. Pitino won the 1996 NCAA Tournament at Kentucky and the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Louisville.
John Beilein is 1-3 all-time against Louisville. One of those meetings, an 82-76 loss in the 2013 national championship game, came while at Michigan. The first three meetings occurred during Beilein's tenure at West Virginia.
NCAA FIRST ROUND: MICHIGAN 92, OKLAHOMA STATE 91
Michigan earned a 92-91 victory over Oklahoma State on Friday in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. The wildly entertaining contest featured 12 ties and 16 lead changes; both teams shot over 50 percent from the field in the contest.
Michigan was led by Derrick Walton Jr. who continued to display the outstanding form that earned him Most Outstanding Player honors last week at the Big Ten Tournament. Walton scored 26 points, which included 6-of-9 shooting from three-point range, dished out 11 assists and grabbed five rebounds.
Walton was one of four Wolverines in double figures as he was joined by D.J. Wilson, who scored 19 points, as well as Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman, each of whom scored 16.
Michigan set a new school-record in the NCAA Tournament with 16 triples as the Maize and Blue went 16-of-29 (55.2%) from behind the three-point line, including a remarkable 11-of-15 (73.3%) in the second half.
Michigan's 16 triples is tied for the fifth-most in NCAA Tournament history. Ironically, two of the four better marks also have Michigan ties. The NCAA record of 21 was set by Loyola Marymount against Michigan in the Second Round in 1990 (March 18, 1990). U-M head coach John Beilein's West Virginia team made 18, tied for the second most in tournament history, in the 2005 Regional Final against Louisville (March 26, 2005).
Michigan's previous high for three-point field goals in a NCAA Tournament game was 14, set against Texas in the Third Round in 2014 (March 22, 2014).
Derrick Walton Jr. recorded the eighth point/assist double-double in Michigan history in the NCAA Tournament (26 points, 11 assists). Walton recorded Michigan's first point/assist double-double in the tournament since Trey Burke had 23 points and 10 assists against Kansas in the 2013 Sweet 16 (March 29, 2013).
Michigan shot 51.8 percent from the field in the contest (29-of-56), including 64 percent (16-of-25) in the second half. Oklahoma State shot 54.7 percent in the game (35-of-64), including 60 percent (21-of-35) in the second half.
U-M tied its season-low with just four turnovers against the Cowboys. Michigan also committed just four turnovers against SMU earlier this season at Madison Square Garden (Nov. 18, 2016).
Michigan's 16 triples give the Wolverines 344 for the season, a new school record. The previous record was 342, set last season.
Derrick Walton Jr. moved into fourth all-time in school history with his 11 assists against the Cowboys. Walton now has 485 career assists, moving past Travis Conlan (480; 1995-98) and Daniel Horton (484; 2003-06) in the contest.
BEILEIN IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
John Beilein is making his 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017. He has 11 Division I NCAA Tournament appearances and one Division II after taking LeMoyne to the Division II Tournament in 1988. The Division I list includes Canisius (1), Richmond (1), West Virginia (2) and Michigan (7).
Beilein holds a 19-11 all-time record in the NCAA postseason, including an 18-10 Division I record and a 12-6 record at Michigan.
Beilein guided Michigan back to the NCAA Tournament in 2009 after an 11-year absence.
Beilein has guided Michigan to seven NCAA berths (2009, '11, '12, '13, '14, '16, `17) in 10 seasons.
In 2013, took Michigan to its first Final Four and national title game in 20 years. It was also Beilein's first career appearance in the Final Four and title game.
Beilein has reached the Sweet 16 four times -- twice with West Virginia (2005, '06) and twice with Michigan (2013, '14).
In 2009, led No. 10 seed Michigan to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. After defeating No. 7 seed Clemson (62-59) in its opening game of the South Regional in Kansas City, Mo., U-M fell to Blake Griffin and No. 2 seed Oklahoma (73-63).
In 2011, led No. 8 seed Michigan to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. After defeating No. 9 seed Tennessee (75-45) in its opening game of the West Regional in Charlotte, N.C., U-M fell to No. 1 seed Duke (73-71) after a last-second game-tying attempt by Darius Morris went in and out.
In 2012, led No. 4 seed Michigan to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Opening its first game of the Midwest Regional in Nashville, Tenn., U-M lost to No. 13 seed Ohio (65-60).
In 2013, led No. 4 seed Michigan to its first national title game in 20 years before losing to No. 1 seed Louisville (82-76) in the final. U-M opened its NCAA Tournament in the South Regional in Auburn Hills, Mich., with a pair of victories over No. 13 seed South Dakota State (71-56) and No. 5 VCU (78-53). Heading to Arlington, Texas, U-M defeated No. 1 Kansas (87-85) with a dramatic comeback win in overtime. Down 14 points with 6:50 remaining, a Trey Burke three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left capped off a closing 17-8 run sending the game into overtime, where U-M would go on for the two-point win. Using an opening 23-5 run, U-M advanced to its seventh Final Four with a 20-point win over No. 3 seed Florida (79-59). Facing No. 4 seed Syracuse in the Final Four in Atlanta, Ga., Beilein picked up his first win over Jim Boeheim following a 61-56 victory to advance to his first-career national title game. In a back-and-forth 40 minute battle, U-M dropped the title game to Louisville (82-76).
In 2014, led No. 2 seed Michigan to its second straight Elite Eight, defeating No. 15 seed Wofford (57-40) in the second round and No. 7 seed Texas (79-65) in the third round in Milwaukee, Wis. In the Sweet 16 in Indianapolis, Ind., the Wolverines earned a thrilling 73-71 victory over No. 11 seed Tennessee before falling to No. 8 seed Kentucky, 75-72, on a three in the final seconds.
In 2016, helped U-M make its first appearance in the First Four, defeating Tulsa, 67-62, to advance to the first round. The Wolverines then fell to No. 6 seed Notre Dame (70-63) in the First Round in Brooklyn, N.Y.
MICHIGAN PLAYERS IN NCAA TOURNAMENT
Eight players on Michigan's current roster had played in NCAA Tournament games prior to this season. Xavier Simpson and D.J. Wilson were added to that list with appearances in the First Round this season.
Zak Irvin has played in seven NCAA Tournament games, making a pair of starts. Irvin has averaged 9.0 points per game in the NCAA Tournament, playing all four games in the 2014 tournament while starting both games in 2016. Irvin scored 16 points last season in the First Four against Tulsa and matched that mark against Oklahoma State in the First Round this season.
Derrick Walton Jr. has played in six NCAA Tournament games. Walton has averaged 10.6 points, 4.6 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game in his NCAA Tournament career. Walton, who started both games in the NCAA Tournament for Michigan in 2016, scored in double figures in both games with 12 against Tulsa and 10 against Notre Dame, Walton also had eight assists against the Fighting Irish. He posted a double-double with 26 points and 11 assists in the First Round this season against Oklahoma State.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman played in Michigan's two NCAA Tournament games in 2016, starting both contests. Abdur-Rahkman is averaging 15.7 points per game in three career tournament games.
Mark Donnal started both of Michigan's NCAA Tournament games in 2016. Donnal scored nine points against Notre Dame in the 2016 First Round, he is averaging 4.0 points and 2.0 rebounds per contest.
Duncan Robinson started both games for Michigan in the NCAA Tournament in 2016. Robinson recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds against Tulsa in the First Four last season and is averaging 10.0 points and 5.7 rebounds in his career in the NCAA Tournament.
Moritz Wagner played in both of Michigan's NCAA Tournament games in 2016. Wagner is averaging 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in the tournament.
Andrew Dakich has played in three NCAA Tournament games, making an appearance against Wofford in 2014 as well as seeing time against Tulsa and Notre Dame in 2016. Dakich has played eight total minutes in those three contests.
Sean Lonergan has seen action in one NCAA Tournament game, playing one minute against Wofford in the Second Round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
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