MI has won six games in a row and just stormed through the Big Ten tournament as a No, 8 seed, the lowest ever to win the league event. In fact, every regular player in Michigan's rotation is a threat from beyond the arc. His teams are always prepared, and this year's group seems more willing to listen and absorb game plans than most. I'm a lot of things, but trendy isn't one of them.
Starting with those two games, MI won eight of its last 12 Big Ten regular-season games.
"I just felt like defensively, when you get stops, get a couple stops in a row, it kind of gets your offense going", senior Leyton Hammonds said of the run. They're a very offensive rebounding team. First, they'll have to overcome a scoring bug that's hurt them on both ends of the ice. Between now and April 3, 67 games will be played in the 2017 NCAA March Madness tournament.
"We had enough firepower to withstand their incredible offensive talent and get enough points", MI coach John Beilein said.
Liam Folkes, Nate Sucese and David Goodwin netted the early scores in a 4-1 victory over MI in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Miami is one of the better defensive teams in the country, holding opponents to 63.7 points per game, but the Hurricanes also struggle to score at times, failing to reach 65 points in their last six contests.
But as good as the Cowboys were offensively, MI was just a little bit better. The good times keep on rolling as the Wolverines win 85-78. MI enters the NCAA Tournament after four incredible games and one life-changing event, certainly making themselves one of the hottest teams in the country. The offensive reemergence of Zak Irvin makes MI nearly impossible to guard. That's something Michigan State lacks, according to Solari. It starts now, it starts all week with preparation for MI. Freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren will miss the rest of the season after injuring his leg in the Gophers game against Michigan State last Saturday when he was tripped up and crashed feet first into the boards. The difference is in the defense, where the Wolverines are 69th while the Cowboys come in at 133rd. Beilein expected Oklahoma State to hedge on ball-screens, as it did in its six previous games.
The next day, they faced Big Ten champion Purdue - and beat them in overtime, 74-70. The Wolverines outlast OK St 82-76.
A loss tonight would likely end their chances at making the NCAA tournament, but a win would prove something else.
Tournament Record: 52-25, 26 years. His counterpart, Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr., bested him with 26.
Unless Evans was fouled, there was no way his shot would have given Oklahoma State the win.
Which means a team can overcome some of those nuts and bolts if it is torrid enough from the 3-point line.
John Beilein has led MI to the NCAA Tournament seven times (2009, '11, '12, '13, '14, '16, '17) in 10 seasons. Forte finished with 12 points. Of course 1992 and 1993 have since been vacated.