Michigan advances to Elite Eight with win over Tennessee

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan’s offense carried it past Tennessee and into the Elite Eight on Friday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jordan Morgan led the way with 15 points, but every Michigan player that saw the floor scored in the 73-71 victory.

Michigan led throughout the second half, but Tennessee cut the lead to just one point with 10.8 seconds to play. Tennessee had the ball and the chance to win after Caris LeVert stepped on the end line with 9.6 seconds to play. But Jordan Morgan took a charge on Jarnell Stokes to give the ball back to the Wolverines and they held on for the two point win.

The Wolverines will face the winner of Kentucky-Louisville on Sunday for a chance to return to the Final Four.

  • BlueBear_E

    Is J-Mo the leader in charges taken to win tourney games? Can anyone think of another example besides Cuse in the Final Four last year?

  • Mattski

    Bring on Louisville. We’ve got some unfinished business with those guys. Need to redeem a bad call against Trey Burke.

  • jakerblue

    Morgan just owned two of the biggest teams on the inside that were in the tournament. Maybe he has finally earned not being called a mismatch. Guys 40+ pounds more than him can’t budge him on the post ups.

    • Wayman Britt

      Would love to see another Morgan vs. Payne match up.

  • Andrew

    They scored on 14 of their last 17 possessions. I’m very happy M pulled that out, but we need to at least make an attempt to stay in front of people.

  • Truth

    Morgan was a beast. He is a true leader and tough as nails. I don’t want to hear anything more about “undersized.” I would take Morgan any day over a random 7’2″ 310 dude with the wingspan of a pterodactyl.

    Officiating was criminal down the stretch. Refs pandering to a very orange crowd.
    I hope we play and beat Kentucky on Sunday. Go blue.

    • Brandon

      Hopefully we get a different crew, because if they pandered to a small orange crowd I can only imagine their pandering to huge blue or red crowds

  • Wayman Britt

    Whether we play IL or UK it”s going to be a fast paced game.

  • gobluemd16

    MICHIGAN IS ELITE! GO BLUE

    • gobluemd16

      Gritty not pretty down the stretch but a win is a win

  • Nevin

    Really great game overall, a nail-bitter down the stretch but got the W.

    I would really love to see L’ville to get revenge and I believe UM matches up really well against Louisville.

  • gobluemd16

    Caris had cement in his shoes and Nik couldn’t guard his own shadow, JMo was there. Dominated his matchup with Stokes. 13 and 9 COMBINED from him and Maymon; JMo had 15 and 8 himself. Guy is amazing and does not want to go home.

    • kam

      cement? lol u mean butter hands. he had trouble holding onto the ball. seemed a lil sped up maybe?

      • mstein23

        Caris wasn’t the only one with fumblitis. It was contagious. Have to secure the basketball better to win on Sunday.

        • kam

          i agree, especially if we play UL with that press

          • Truth

            … A press we would need to attack aggressively rather than just trying to get over half court. As we did vs VCU last year. Looks like it’s going to be Louisville … Kentucky looking soft and calipari incapable of drawing up a play.

        • Ben Sheler

          This game was close because michigans preventable mistakes. Feel good going into the next game.

          • Mattski

            Good call. No need to nitpick this one too much, other than coming up with some new inbounding wrinkles–win and move on in the NCAAs.

  • Mattski

    If I’m Beilein I assume we’re playing L’ville and find a high school gym and go practice the in-bounds plays in hopes of breaking their press TONIGHT.

    • kam

      They run ONE play on the inbounds.. they need to change it up IMO

    • arsenal926

      well that would be an NCAA violation, luckily they’ll be a bit familiar with Lousiville’s press.

      • Mattski

        Yeah, I wasn’t serious.

  • Chezaroo

    Really weird game by Caris in the second half. Almost as if he didn’t wanna run the offense once he got the ball? It was obvious he was delegated to attack his defender, but he needs to pick his spots and not be so out of control. Plus his vision on the break was mindless twice tonight. The only way they could stop us was if we stopped ourselves, and we did that plenty. But hey, who cares we WON!! Need to tighten things up for Sunday though. Go Blue!

    • kam

      caris was able to get by his man in the first half and there was a point where Nik was struggling. I’m guessing he tried to take over.. But he struggled in the second half. Hopefully he will be better sunday!

  • Mattski

    Do you think a couple of extra hours of rest helps us? Not that you’d ever know, but whoever wins this game doesn’t get the adrenaline out of their system until the wees. . .

    • Ben Sheler

      I think definitely helps a little bit. By the time the other game finishes you have already spent time in the cold tub, had a post game meal, and are on the way back to the hotel to go to bed. They are just starting on all those things.You will be more ready and rested the following morning, allowing for for a greater quality of prep by getting more sleep. Sleep as everyone knows is important.The coaches also get a head start on the scouting report and more sleep.

      • Mattski

        Exactly. If this game ends at 12:30, how are those kids asleep before two or three in the morning?

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