The string of upsets this weekend continued Sunday, as the No. 7 seed Michigan Wolverines rallied from an eight-point first half deficit to upset No. 2 seed Louisville Cardinals.
Balado has spent the past four seasons at Louisville, which is 25-8 and the No. 2 seed in the NCAA Midwest Regional going into a Sunday game against MI.
Louisville coughed up an eight-point halftime lead in an upset loss to MI. They now head to Kansas City for their Sweet 16 game against the victor of the Rhode Island - Oregon game.
Michigan Wolverines vs. Louisville Cardinals - 12:10 p.m. 6 Sports is there and will have updates from courtside tonight.
Suddenly, the often overlooked 6-foot-11 forward was the well-deserved centre of attention. As long as MI can avoid foul trouble with their starters, I like their chances today.
But for much of the game, it looked like the result would be different. MI was 11 of 15 on 3s in the second half Friday and finished with 16, the most by a Wolverines' team in NCAA Tourney history.
Michigan's airplane slid off the runway as the Wolverines were heading toward Washington, D.C., for the Big Ten tournament. In the win over the Cowboys, Michigan was an impressive 16-of-29 from the arc.
Donovan Mitchell led the Cardinals with 19 points and Deng Adel added 16.
Top stat: 6, turnovers and 3-pointers for MI.
Once Michigan basketball got the lead, it did just enough to keep it. Wagner was outstanding with a career-high 26 points.
Louisville led by as many as nine, but in the waning minutes of the second half, Michigan's shooters heated up, and the Wolverines took the lead with 8:50 left in the game.
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Louisville is the slight favorite, as the Cardinals are getting odds of -3 points against the Wolverines.
Arkansas State University has scheduled a news conference to introduce Louisville assistant coach Mike Balado as the new head coach of the Red Wolves. As has been usual under Coach Pitino, Louisville also presses teams to create turnovers. The closest he came to U-M was when he was about to commit to Louisville and MI assistant Bacari Alexander told him MI would be around if it didn't work out. Instead of making the lead 12, it stayed at nine and MI got aggressive.