March Madness: Moritz Wagner carries MI to upset over Louisville
Alexandra Douglas | March 20, 2017, 0:30
That's right. He's better in bigger games, against better opponents, under the brightest lights and the most intense pressure. Three years ago, the Shockers were 35-0 when they played Kentucky - also in the second round - and lost 78-76.
Louisville leads the all-time series 3-0, with one win in Louisville, one in Ann Arbor and most recently in the 2013 championship game in Atlanta. MI featured four double digit scorers with Derrick Walton JR. leading all scorers with 26 points and eleven assists with Zac Irwin and Muhammad-Ali scored 16 points each while Duncan Robinson came through with a 19 point performance.
Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region. Senior Mangok Mathiang scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds in the final game of his career. North Carolina and Duke are the only ACC teams still competing for the title.
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The Cardinals continued with another outburst at the beginning of the second half, going in front by nine at 41-32, 43-34, 45-36 and 47-38. His primary role is as a rebounder for the Cardinals, though he averages 8.0 points and 5.8 boards.
Walton only went 3-for-13 from the field, and finished with 10 points, but he attacked the basket and made a tough, driving layup with MI only leading by two with 23 seconds left. The Wolverines probably won't catch the Cardinals sleeping due to their stellar play over the last few weeks. They've each become double-digit scorers this season, and now they're the two players most responsible for pushing MI from the second round to the Sweet 16.
MI finished the regular season on a roll, winning six of eight. Louisville are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. Donovan Mitchell went at Derrick Walton Jr. after he hit his first shot. MI is the story of this year's Dance in the early going. John Beilein's Wolverines shot 63 percent from the floor (17-for-27) while holding the Cardinals to a 1-for-10 mark from long range thanks to a compressing defense that negated Louisville's length inside.