NCAA Tournament 2017: Memorable moments from Friday's action
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 2:01
He kept running the Michigan Wolverines offense against an aggressive Oklahoma State defense and eventually things fell into place.
All six of Walton's 3-pointers had MI fans at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on their feet as the Wolverines continued their magical March with a 92-91 victory Friday against Oklahoma State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. It didn't always show - we got beat by 28 or something at MI - but I felt like we were getting better. I thought the first half, we were very good at defending the three-point line, trying to keep them in front of us.
"I don't know what (Izzo) does the beginning of March that's different than what most mortals do, (but) he gets his team always ready to play", Self said. MI coach John Beilein was making his 11th career appearance in the NCAA tournament, including his seventh with the Wolverines.
Check this stat out: Michigan-OSU gave us the closest high-octane game in the tournament in more than 50 years.
The Pokes jumped out to a 27-20 lead with 7:25 left in the first half when Sophomore Jeffrey Carroll barrelled through the lane for the two-hand flush.
But rather than change the game plan, Walton followed the script, steadied his team and the shots started going.
Oklahoma State shot almost 55 percent overall itself, led by an electric point guard in Juwan Evans, who finished with 23 points (10-26 FG), 12 assists and seven rebounds.
A Walton three-pointer made it 70-64 with 9:10 left, and another gave MI its biggest lead at 76-68 with 6:47 remaining. Irvin finished with 16 points. But, again, the second half was. you go 11 of 15 from the three, that's hard to do in a gym by yourself. "We shot 55 percent in the NCAA Tournament and just lost in the first round, outrebounded an opponent 40-21 and you lose". This game comes with many storylines as well as a high profile freshmen matchup that is sure to be can't miss TV.
Walton started the scoring for MI in the second half with a 3 on his team's first possession for a 44-42 lead.
A combined 102 points between the two teams in the second half got the final score to where it was. Walton continued to sizzle with his sixth 3 to push it to 76-68 at the 6:47 mark.More news: Euro may tumble to 15-year low if Le Pen wins
MI was 11-of-15 from 3-point range in the second half, made 16 3s in the game, went 18 for 22 from the foul line, assisted on 19 of its 29 baskets and only had four turnovers - and narrowly got by Oklahoma State!
Freshman Dewan Huell played well off UM's bench with eight points. Jeff Dowtin scored a career-high 23 points and hit all 10 of his free throws to lead Rhode Island.
Almost a year ago to the day, the Spartans were upset by Middle Tennessee State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, and it started with a 17-2 run from the Blue Raiders.
GREENVILLE, South Carolina - Justin Jackson broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help top-seeded North Carolina roll past Texas Southern 103-64 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region.
In Indianapolis, Bam Adebayo had 15 points and 18 rebounds as second-seeded Kentucky dispatched No. 15 Northern Kentucky. The Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16.
Jaylen Barford hit the go-ahead layup with 57.8 seconds left to help Arkansas hold off Seton Hall 77-71 on Friday in the first round of the South Region.
In Indianapolis, Wichita State's high-flying offense didn't get off the ground until the closing minutes, when the 10th-seeded Shockers played like the more tournament-experienced team to hold off No. 7 Dayton.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Troy Caupain scored 23 points, Kyle Washington added 16 and defensive-minded Cincinnati shot it way past Kansas State.
The easy part of the NCAA Tournament is over for the Kansas Jayhawks. The score was tied at 3 at the first TV timeout.