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From LI to Louisville: Rick Pitino's career has spanned four decades

19 March 2017, 09:01 | Kevin Scott

Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. and coach John Beilein Getty Images

Michigan’s Derrick Walton Jr. and coach John Beilein Getty Images

His teams are, and this year's group seems more willing to listen and absorb game plans than most. U-M's Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman has fallen off the past two games, after eight straight in double digits. Too much length and interior power to contend with.

The last time the MI basketball team took on Louisville in the NCAA tournament, it ended painfully.

MI now advances to the semifinals of the Midwest Region, where they'll face the victor of the Oregon-Rhode Island game.

Moe Wagner had a career-high 26 points, and D.J. Wilson made four free throws in the final 17 seconds to clinch it. "He's seen some that I don't even know we do". But Louisville has won by 15-point margins in each of its two games at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season. Derrick Walton Junior hit a 3 pointer to put MI up 61-57 MI with 5 minutes left in the game.

Not only did Beilein have his MI team ready to play Louisville on Sunday, he planned ahead for the postgame celebration, too. No. 2 Louisville vs.

Wagner answered by splitting two free throws, scoring on a driving layup and drawing an offensive foul on Jaylen Johnson in the post to give MI a 67-61 advantage with 1:18 remaining. From late January to late February, no player was better than Louisville's Donovan Mitchell, averaging 22 points per game, earning him first-team All-ACC honors.

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The action in the first half was fast-paced, but really there was only one highlight that had everyone talking and it came from Louisville's Deng Adel.

Louisville faces MI in NCAA Tournament action. Louisville also is limiting teams to 39.9 percent shooting from the field, which is good for 15th in the nation. MI is the story of this year's Dance in the early going. "Going against Louisville will be a tough match-up, but we're ready for it, we're excited". Wilson, Wagner and Mark Donnal all had effective halves being able to move inside and being able to draw fouls.

Louisville led 36-28 at halftime.

Trailing 45-36 with 16:09 to play, the German native scored on a layup to start a 17-6 run that gave MI its first lead since the opening minutes.

Wagner continued to be assertive in the post, scoring on another driving layup to tie it at 28 and draw a roaring cheer from the MI fans with 1:40 remaining.

While Michigan's offense flexed the betting lines in Las Vegas this week, its defense - Louisville missed nine of 10 3-point attempts and committed five turnovers in the second half - swayed the game in Michigan's favor after both teams were locked into a 55-55 tie with almost seven minutes to play.



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