MI beat Oklahoma State and might be March's hottest team

MI beat Oklahoma State and might be March's hottest team

MI beat Oklahoma State and might be March's hottest team

It starts now, it starts all week with preparation for MI. That doesn't matter for those that picked MI in their bracket - and won't serve as any consolation to those that had the Pokes - but it certainly made a difference for those invested in the game in Las Vegas.

Blocking out the emotions and staying focused during the contest will be a challenge, but it's one Forte admits he's prepared for come Friday. If you didn't enjoy this game, have someone slide a mirror under your nose to check to see if you're still breathing.

"Two of the top offenses in the country going it, not a lot of defense being played". They've won only one NCAA game since 2006 and will have to wait at least another year to improve on that. Having been eliminated from making the NCAAs as an at-large bid long ago, the Wolverines knew that it would be their last opportunity to continue their season. "I am just incredibly proud of these guys". He said his phone has been blowing up with messages from those interested in watching the game. "Just seeing that, wow".

Following a clutch mid-range jumper from Zak Irvin, OSU's Evans went to the free throw line with U-M holding an 84-79 lead with 1:31 left.

Friday's game is the Cowboys' first NCAA Tournament contest since their 2015 loss to Oregon.

MI entered the tournament on a roll, having mounted a shocking, somewhat inspiring run to the Big Ten tournament title. A win would put to doubt anyone has about Tom Izzo and give the Spartans a big second-round matchup against No. 1 seed Kansas. "We're trying to battle the other end of that". That's three years in a row.

MI closed as a 2.5-point betting favorite today against Oklahoma State in a first round game and led by four points with the final seconds quickly ticking off the clock. However, OKST is far more reliant on one player (Evans) to make plays than MI, who shares the load a bit more.

But the Wolverines heated from outside, drilling three of their five first-half 3-pointers to surge into the lead.

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"I think we've had similar seasons in a lot of ways", Underwood said. "That was a big thing when they could get it".

They defend very well. And all three of those players along with Justin Kloos were named to the All-Big Ten First Team.

The NCAA rewarded MI with a tough 7th seed. This is important for the Big Ten as it will help bring a little bit of respect and acknowledgement to the conference, even if it is the NIT Tournament and not the major March tournament. "That's an area that we have to shore up ourselves".

Miami has lost three of its last four entering the tournament to fall to 21-11 on the season. "I think we're just clicking right now". That's a pretty good rebound percentage. Iowa lost starting pitcher C.J. Eldred for the season after undergoing surgery, a blow to them as they are struggling to find decent pitching.

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