The Michigan Wolverines started the 2017 NCAA Tournament with a true bang on Friday afternoon. If this messes up your bracket, I truly do apologize, but hey, that’s how it goes – Go Blue.
However, the Michigan Wolverines almost didn’t follow close to script after a tremendous shootout against the Oklahoma State Cowboys, winning on Friday afternoon, 92-91, in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines hit 16 3-pointers in the game,after having only 5 in the first half, needing every point possible to take down an Oklahoma State Cowboys team that matched them blow for blow.
For the maize & blue, the game came down to Derrick Walton Jr., who had 26 points & hit a key jumper to make the game 86-79 with 50 seconds left. Normally this would have probably ended the game, but Duncan Robinson missed free throws down the stretch for the Wolverines & Oklahoma State was able to capitalize on the offensive end. Michigan forward D.J. Wilson hit two free throws at the end to make the game 92-88 Michigan, which iced the game.
Michigan moves to 25-11 on the season & will play the #2 seed Louisville on Sunday afternoon. From what I see, Michigan is playing absolutely out of their minds right now, & at the right time of the season. After their plane scare right before the start of the Big Ten Tournament, the Wolverines have been playing fun, free & full of confidence.
Its runs like this that can propel teams to go deep in the NCAA Tournament & when a team feels as though they have nothing to lose & have seen the scary points of the season – in the Wolverines’ case probably their lives – they are much more thankful for what they have & where they are at during this point of the season. Let’s be honest, Michigan’s offense has always been strong under John Bielein, but this year, we are seeing who the Wolverines are when they are a healthy squad.
Michigan Wolverines basketball has been so strong under the steady on-court leadership of Derrick Walton Jr., who led the Wolverines wtih the 26 points. Over the last 5 games, Walton is averaging 25 points per game & is playing as good as any guard in the country. He has much of the “clutch” gene, and the team loves going to him when the game is on the line. Look for Walton to show off that leadership & dynamic play against a Louisville squad who loves to play the press game under legendary coach Rick Pitino.