Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Moritz Wagner Leads Michigan Basketball to Sweet 16

Moritz Wagner Leads Michigan Basketball to Sweet 16

That's right. He's better in bigger games, against better opponents, under the brightest lights and the most intense pressure.

Up nine with under 16 minutes to play, Louisville's Quentin Snider had a three that popped out. The Cardinals have held a small lead for most of the game, holding down Michigan's 3-point attack. This years quest continued with 78-63 win versus Jacksonville State in their NCCA opener.

MI enters Midwest Region play having won 12 of its last 14 games.

MI (26-11), which not long ago was considered an NCAA bubble team, has now beaten Purdue, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and Louisville in just over a week. In the meantime, the ACC doesn't have any regional semifinalists yet and is down to just two teams left in the tournament: North Carolina and Duke.

Wagner also got help from D.J. Wilson (17 points, including four clutch free throws to seal the game) and Zak Irvin (11 points on 5-of-9 shooting). No. 11 Rhode Island in their Sweet 16 contest.

Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, Wagner made a layup that started a 17-6 run to give MI its first lead since the opening minutes of the game.

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Michigan Faces Louisville in RD 2 Action / Into boxing as well? Louisville also destroyed MI on the boards in the opening frame with a 24-16 rebounding advantage.

Louisville: The Cardinals head home empty-handed and with a 12-1 record as a No. 2 seed. MI is the story of this year's Dance in the early going.

Add another classic to the list of Rick Pitino-John Beilein college basketball encounters: But this was a different outcome than the previous two.

Looking across the court Sunday, he'll see a familiar face in MI senior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. The Cardinals won the rebounding war (24-16) and Mangok Mathiang scored seven points in as many minutes on strong shooting (3-of-4).

"We have played them in the Big East quarterfinals and finals".

MI wing Duncan Robinson likes the Wolverines' chances with Walton playing the way he is right now, including earning the Big Ten tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

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