March 21, 2017
After two dramatic wins in Indianapolis, the University of Michigan men's basketball team (26-11, 10-8 Big Ten) advanced to Sweet 16 for the third time in five years and will face No. 3 seed Oregon (31-5, 12-6 Pac-12) for a shot at the regional final in Kansas City's Sprint Center. The game is scheduled for 6:09 p.m. CDT tipoff on Thursday (March 23), with the game broadcast on CBS.
Michigan is 12-2 in its last 14 games after defeating Oklahoma State and Louisville last weekend in Indianapolis to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third time in the past five seasons.
U-M has won seven games in a row, including four in four days at the Big Ten Tournament where U-M, as the No. 8 seed, became the lowest seed ever to win the tournament, downing Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin on its way to winning the championship.
Michigan is in the Sweet 16 for the third time under coach John Beilein. The Wolverines are 12-6 in seven tournament appearances during Beilein's tenure.
Michigan is shooting 50.4 percent (57-of-113) from the field in the NCAA Tournament, including 47.8 percent (22-of-46) from three-point range. The Wolverines are also shooting 80.6 percent (29-of-36) from the free throw line. Five Wolverines are scoring in double figures, led by 18.0 points per game from both Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson.
For the second consecutive season, U-M has set a school record for three-point field goals (350), bettering last season's mark of 342. This season's total includes 16 in the NCAA Tournament first round against Oklahoma State, setting a new U-M NCAA Tournament record.
Moritz Wagner's career-high 26 points against Louisville are the most by a Wolverine in a NCAA Tournament game since Ray Jackson scored 28 against Western Kentucky on March 16, 1995 in the first round.
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 1,451 points, 557 rebounds and 491 assists.
In Michigan's six postseason games, the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament combined, Walton is averaging 19.7 points, 7.0 assists and 5.2 rebounds per game, shooting 42.5 percent from the field (34-of-80), 41.7 percent from three (20-of-48) and 93.8 percent from the free throw line (30-of-32).
Zak Irvin ranks second in Michigan history with 141 career games played, just one behind Jordan Morgan (2011-14) for the school record. Irvin, who also ranks fifth in school history in career minutes (4,188), has scored 1,591 points during his career to rank 16th in U-M history.
U-M 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 is 10th nationally in free throw percentage, shooting a school-record 77.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Michigan is 1-1 all-time at the Sprint Center, with both previous games coming in the NCAA Tournament. U-M played at the Sprint Center in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, defeating Clemson in the first round before falling to Oklahoma.
MICHIGAN IN THE 2017 NCAA TOURNAMENT
Michigan was selected to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season and 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, Wisconsin.
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.
Five players are scoring in double figures for U-M in the NCAA Tournament, led by 18.0 points per game from both Derrick Walton Jr. and D.J. Wilson. Moritz Wagner adds 16.0 points per game, Zak Irvin is averaging 13.5 points per contest, and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman chips in 11.0 points per game.
Michigan leads the nation in fewest turnovers per game and committed just 10 combined against Oklahoma State and Louisville in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. As a team, the Wolverines had a 3:1 assist-to-turnover ratio in the tournament's opening weekend.
Derrick Walton Jr. led U-M in the two games with 17 assists and 12 rebounds.
Three Wolverines are shooting better than 50 percent from the field in the NCAA Tournament, led by Moritz Wagner at 72.2. Zak Irvin is shooting 55.0 percent, while Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman is shooting 53.3 percent.
Michigan is 1-1 all-time at the Sprint Center, with both previous games coming in the NCAA Tournament. U-M played at the Sprint Center in the 2009 NCAA Tournament, its first under John Beilein, as a No. 10 seed. The Wolverines defeated No. 7 seed Clemson, 62-59 (March 19, 2009), before falling to No. 2 seed Oklahoma, 73-63 (March 21, 2009).
In addition to its two 2009 NCAA Tournament games, Michigan also traveled to Kansas City for the 1964 Final Four at Municipal Auditorium. U-M fell to Duke, 91-80, in a national semifinal (March 20, 1964) before defeating Kansas State, 100-90, in the consolation game (March 21, 1964).
Michigan opened the NCAA Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. 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 was in familiar surroundings at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, a site that frequently hosts the Big Ten Tournament. Including its two wins last weekend, U-M is 14-10 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 last 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 (75-72) in the Sweet 16 on March 27, 1992 in Lexington, Kentucky.
With last Sunday's win, Michigan is 1-3 all-time against Louisville. The last meeting between the two schools came in the 2013 national championship game on April 8, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, an 82-76 Cardinals victory. Michigan is 1-1 all-time in the NCAA Tournament against Louisville, with that 2013 national championship game being the only other meeting.
NO. 3 SEED OREGON
Oregon brings a 31-5 overall record into the Midwest Regional, including a 16-2 record in Pac-12 play, winning a share of the conference crown. The Ducks defeated Iona (93-77) and Rhode Island (75-72) en route to the regional semifinals.
Five players score in double figures for Oregon, led by 16.3 points per game from Dillon Brooks. Tyler Dorsey adds 13.6 points per contest, while Chris Boucher, who suffered a season-ending injury in the Pac-12 Tournament, scores 11.8 points per game. Jordan Bell (10.9 ppg) and Dylan Ennis (10.8 ppg) also score in double figures for the Ducks.
Michigan is a perfect 4-0 all-time against Oregon. The most recent meeting between the Wolverines and Ducks came on Nov. 24, 2014 in Brooklyn, New York, in the Progressive Legends Classic, a 70-63 U-M victory. Zak Irvin scored a team-high 19 points in that contest.
John Beilein is 1-0 in his career against Oregon. The lone meeting was the 2014 Legends Classic contest in Brooklyn, New York.
U-M has never faced Oregon in the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines did beat the Ducks, 78-53, on March 30, 2004 in the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden.
NO. 1 SEED KANSAS
Top-seeded Kansas brings a 30-4 overall record to the Kansas City Regional. The Jayhawks went 16-2 in Big 12 Conference play to win the league regular-season title. Kansas defeated UC Davis (100-62) and Michigan State (90-70) in its first two NCAA Tournament games.
Three players score in double figures for Kansas, led by 20.8 points per game from Frank Mason III. Josh Jackson (16.6 ppg) and Devonte Graham (13.3 ppg) also score in double figures for the Jayhawks.
Michigan has a 6-2 record all-time against Kansas. The last meeting between the Wolverines and Jayhawks came in the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals on March 28, 2013, an 87-85 U-M overtime victory in Arlington, Texas.
Michigan head coach John Beilein is 1-2 all-time against Kansas. All three meetings have come during his tenure at Michigan.
U-M is 1-0 all-time against Kansas in the NCAA Tournament, with the lone tournament meeting coming in the regional semifinals in 2013.
NO. 4 SEED PURDUE
Purdue takes a 27-7 overall record into the Midwest Regional, which includes a 14-4 mark in the Big Ten, winning the conference regular-season title. The Boilermakers defeated Vermont (80-70) and Iowa State (80-76) to advance to the regional semifinals.
Four players score in double figures for Purdue, led by 18.5 points from Caleb Swanigan, who also averages 12.6 rebounds per game. Vincent Edwards (12.7 ppg), Isaac Haas (12.6 ppg) and Carsen Edwards (10.4) also score in double figures for the Boilermakers.
Michigan has won both meetings this season against Purdue. U-M defeated Purdue, 82-70, on Feb. 25, 2017 in Ann Arbor and won, 74-70 in overtime, on March 10, 2017 in the Big Ten Tournament quarterfinals in Washington, D.C.
Michigan is 69-87 all-time against Purdue, including its two victories earlier this season.
U-M head coach John Beilein is 9-10 all-time against the Boilermakers; all 19 meetings have come during his tenure at Michigan.
Should U-M face Purdue in the regional final, it would be the first time the Wolverines have faced a Big Ten foe in the NCAA Tournament since March 29, 1992, when U-M defeated Ohio State, 75-71, in the Southeast Regional final. U-M has never faced Purdue in the NCAA Tournament.
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