Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

OSU basketball: Cowboys' season ends at hands of hot-shooting MI

OSU basketball: Cowboys' season ends at hands of hot-shooting MI

About 3 1/2 minutes later on a rush up the ice, freshman Denis Smirnov found a passing lane to Sucese - though it nearly looked as if Smirnov was shooting - with Sucese redirecting the puck into an open side of the net for his 15th score of the year. This means that the vast majority of people that bet on the game watched their tickets go up in flames with that final buzzer-beater, while sportsbooks saw a losing game flip to a big win.

Michigan, though, cares not for your logic, nor the common perceptions attached to the program.

CBS has the rights to broadcast this game. The Wolverines will tap in.

On Friday, Oklahoma State had various ideas of how to beat MI in their NCAA Tournament first-round game.

MI is not a deep team.

And, still, it didn't matter. The single-game NCAA tournament record of 21 was set by Loyola Marymount against, coincidentally, MI in 1990.

While Michigan made only five shots inside the arc in the second half, it went 11 of 15 from 3-point range - drawing increasingly louder roars from the crowd and more bewilderment from first-year Cowboys coach Brad Underwood. "I'm one of those typical coaches who doesn't stop to smell the roses enough, does not appreciate the day", Beilein said. "We've been showing it for a few weeks now". (Today) we got down seven, we fought back and got up one at halftime. Entering as a 7-seed, but playing more like a 3-seed, the biggest question is did MI empty the tank in the Big Ten Tournament? Walton hit him in stride, Wagner laid it in softly and the comeback was on.

"He's insane", the sophomore said. He burned the Cowboys with 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. He was the hammer. "They scored I think with six seconds left in that penalty, and then scored a late goal, last-minute goal in the first period, and we just couldn't answer the bell".

The highlights: With under 10 minutes left and MI lead 67-64, Walton pulled up from 30 feet out - both feet on the oversized halfcourt logo at Bankers Life Fieldhouse - and beat the shot clock with a back-breaking 3.

Walton is the driver with his foot on the accelerator, doing what seniors often do in March, injecting a sense of urgency into his team.

Seemingly in every win, the Wolverines have concocted a different storyline of how to win. When he does, the Hurricanes can pick up wins.

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Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer against MI to cover the points spread in Las Vegas.

And while Oklahoma State fan Tom Howard didn't like how the game ended, he said he did like the venue, "because it's old style-basketball and good noise". This year they could once again do it based on pedigree, a superstar in Miles Bridges and a supporting cast that is beginning to play better. "It's just, what's next?"

Minnesota will face Penn State for the fifth time Friday night. It starts now, it starts all week with preparation for MI. Walton hit all three free throws and the Wolverines took a 41-40 lead at halftime.

Still, though, U-M was figuring things out. The only disappointment is that it was played at such a high level that it's unfortunate that one of these teams, Oklahoma State in this case, has to be sent home after just one game. We know Tori is a very aggressive, attacking, offensive-minded player but she does a lot for our team besides that.

Well, the Cowboys came out switching.

Izzo said his young team might still have its best basketball ahead of it this season. "We wanted to force them to dribble". PSU will have a chance to host a game as well against OH and could have a matchup with MI a few rounds later. It started dialing up looks.

A 12-4 MI run allowed the Wolverines to keep the Cowboys at a short arm-length distance. The Wolverines kept the points flowing. We had a lot of injuries in the early season. "It gets hard to take everything away from them".

Oklahoma State shot 55 percent from the field, MI 52 percent.

Now it's a date with Louisville in Sunday's second round. Coming out of Flint, Michigan, the 5-star recruit has proven in less than a complete season that he deserves all the looks from the National Basketball Association that he can get.

Fact of the matter it, there's no definite answer anymore. I think the paint is something they really love to attack, whether it be by the dribble or on the inside with their presence with both their bigs.

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