Moritz Wagner unleashes offensive arsenal, propels MI to Sweet Sixteen


Head coach Rick Pitino is seen on the sidelines during the first half of a first-round game against Jacksonville State in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 17, 2017, in Indianapolis, Mo.

After winning the Big Ten Tournament as an eight seed and defeating Oklahoma State as a seven seed in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. In the first game on the day, the 7th-seeded Michigan Wolverines took down the Louisville Cardinals, the 2-seed in their region, in a closely contested game.

Inside the locker room, coach John Beilein squirted his players with a water gun.

MI is trending toward the NCAA Tournament - a land where under-the-radar talent turns into the next great thing.

Michigan, after a plane mishap, Big Ten title push and making it this far, didn't blink while pulling off the upset late. Even more impressive ... they went 15-for-21 after starting 1-for-8.

Michigan, the No. 7 seed in the Midwest, will move on to face the victor of Sunday night's matchup between No. 3 seed OR and No. 11 seed Rhode Island.

Though down 36-28 at the half, MI battled back to tie things up at 55 with seven minutes to play. Deng Adel had 16 points and Mangok Mathiang added 13. That was all it took in a matchup between the two teams that played for a national championship four years ago. We're playing really well right now.

The Michigan Wolverines take the hard wood with the Louisville Cardinals in the Sweet 16. They captured the Big Ten Conference Tournament championship days later and are now rolling, having won seven straight games since their victory over Nebraska to close out the regular season. We just got, like I keep saying, confidence with one another.

CBS' Wolfson said via Twitter she found Pitino's assertion humorous, ESPN reported, although the coach apparently was not joking.

"I'm not really anxious about the story behind the game, I'm just anxious about winning as a team", said the 6-foot-9, 230-pound Johnson, Louisville's starting power forward. The tough guy impacts on so many levels, and he did so again Sunday (10 points, seven rebounds, six assists) despite a disgusting day from the field. But the Wolverines are only 3 of 11 and getting few open shots from beyond the arc.

"We've always had this potential", MI senior Duncan Robinson said.

"I think he responded pretty well".