The No. 2 seed Michigan Wolverines withstood a furious late-game rally from the No. 11 seed Tennessee Volunteers on Friday night in Indianapolis, holding them off for a 73-71 victory and a spot in the Elite Eight of the Midwest Region.
With the victory, the Wolverines will face either No. 4. Seed Louisville or No. 8 seed Kentucky for a spot in the Final Four.
Michigan (28-8) started the game on fire from the field. The Wolverines took a 45-34 lead into halftime, largely because they shot 62 percent from the field, including an astounding 78 percent from behind the arc.
The Wolverines cooled off considerably in the second half, thanks to increased defensive pressure from the Volunteers, but had done enough to survive with a narrow victory.
Tennessee (24-13) just couldn’t buy a defensive stop in the first half. The Wolverines were just dialed in, and all their shots seemed to be falling.
But the Volunteers adjusted and showed different looks in the second half. They trailed by as many as 15 points with just under 11 minutes to play and eight with under two to play.
But they furiously closed the gap, and even had a chance to win with under 10 seconds to play, when Jarnell Stokes was whistled for an offensive foul and failed to get off a shot.
Nik Stauskas was fouled with seconds remaining, connected on one of two shots, and the Volunteers last-ditch shot sailed over the glass, allowing Michigan to escape.
Jordan Morgan led the Wolverines with 15 points and seven boards.
Jordan McRae led the Volunteers with 24 points in the losing effort.
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