Louisville vs. Michigan: Score and Twitter Reaction from Mar Madness 2017

Jeff Roberson/Associated PressChris RolingFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2017

The unstoppable force slammed by a determined intent Sunday as No. 7 Michigan finished a second-half quip to take down No. 2 Louisville, 73-69, in a Midwest Regional during Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

The rematch of a 2013 pretension diversion was a classical in a possess right, with a Cardinals heading for scarcely 29 mins and winning a diversion with a beast frontcourt, until a Wolverines showed adult late, led by Derrick Walton Jr.’s timely comparison performance. Michigan shot 17-of-27 in a second half, outscoring a Cardinals, 45-33.

Walton had an off day for Michigan until late in a second half, sharpened 3-of-13 with 10 points. Moritz Wagner compensated in a meantime with a game-high 26, while D.J. Wilson combined 17 and Zak Irvin 11.

Louisville threw all it had during a Wolverines, with 3 players in double digits, led by 19 from Donovan Mitchell. The Cardinals won a conflict on a potion (37-30), and their dais even outscored Michigan’s, 15-3.

Michigan, after a plane mishap, a Big Ten pretension pull and creation it this far, didn’t blink while pulling off a dissapoint late. The Twitterverse responded in kind:

Both teams took opposite paths to Sunday’s encounter, outcomes that offering hints of what to expect. Louisville (ranked seventh in ESPN’s RPI rankings) dominated No. 15 Jacksonville State, 78-63, winning a conflict on a glass, 36-23. Michigan (30th in a RPI), indispensable 26 points from Walton and 55.2 percent sharpened from low to trip past No. 10 Oklahoma State, 92-91.

The initial half was as interesting as advertised—with highlights and rabble speak heading a way—as Louisville jumped out to a 36-28 advantage on a strength of an 8-0 run to tighten a half.

With a approach Louisville imposed a will underneath a basket, it positively felt like a Cardinals should have had a bigger lead. The Cardinals won a resilient fight (24-16) and Mangok Mathiang scored 7 points in as many mins on clever sharpened (3-of-4).

To put it into perspective, Louisville had 14 points in a paint with underneath 10 mins left while Michigan had 16 sum points. The Wolverines couldn’t get anything going, generally with Walton starting delayed (0-of-6) before finishing a half with 5 points.

All signs of movement adored a Cardinals, generally once Deng Adel checked in with his dunk-of-the-tournament contender:

Eric Crawford of WDRB in Louisville prisoner conduct manager Rick Pitino‘s greeting to his guys’ clever runs:

Pitino’s charcterised trots on a sideline had him looking utterly familiar:

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Call it an electric sourroundings all around—ESPN.com’s Myron Medcalf supposing a few examples: “So most rabble speak between a dual teams right now. D.J. Wilson strike a shot and chirped during Mangok Mathiang. Donovan Mitchell went during Derrick Walton Jr. after he strike his initial shot. Intense out here.”

Nothing about a showdown slowed in a second half, yet Michigan sped adult and sealed a gap, not even attempting a shot from low over a initial 9 minutes, that was something of a plan by both sides. Louisville was calm to equivocate an assault of low shots by a gifted sharpened team.

But a team—even one coached by Pitino—can usually wand off an assault for so long.

Michigan took a lead with about 5 mins left, jumping out to a 63-57 advantage around clever invulnerability and a lapse to form from a field, as remarkable by Sports Illustrated‘s Seth Davis:

Walton led a lapse to form, yet Louisville wasn’t doing itself any favors by fouling before a round was inbounded with 3 seconds left on a shot clock.

Momentum snowballing, Michigan didn’t have difficulty holding advantage:

Walton, seeking tournament-legend status, fended off a Louisville pull on his own:

After a delight Sunday, Michigan advances to a Sweet 16 for a dance with possibly 11th-seeded Rhode Island or third-seeded Oregon, with conjunction providing most of a postpone in a physicality department.

After Sunday’s performance, though, Walton and a Wolverines will uncover adult prepared for a challenge.


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