Michigan to play Tulsa in First Four on Wednesday

Dylan Burkhardt
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Michigan is in the NCAA Tournament and will open play in the First Four against Tulsa in a Wednesday night play-in game in Dayton.

Should the Wolverines knock off Tulsa, they’ll face No. 6 seeded Notre Dame in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center on Friday.

Tulsa is ranked 58th by KenPom.com. The Golden Hurricanes went 20-11 this season and lost to Memphis in the first round of the AAC tournament. The Golden Hurricanes are the most experienced team in the country, per KenPom, with four seniors and one junior in the starting lineup.

Michigan is bracketed in the East Region, with regional games set to be played in Philadelphia, PA.

Beilein has coached in the NCAA Tournament 10 times and this is his sixth tournament appearance in nine seasons at Michigan. Beilein is 16-9 in NCAA tournament games, taking Michigan to the National Championship game in 2013 and the Elite Eight in 2014. He is 10-5 in tournament play during his tenure at Michigan.

Michigan-Tulsa is set for a 9:10 p.m. tip-off on truTV on Wednesday night.

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  • Coltrane

    Go Blue. I am listening to the selection show. Who said that Michigan didn’t deserve to be in? That was a cheap, cheap shot.

  • Fab 5 Legends

    Ye! We are in! Go Blue! We can beat both Tulsa and ND imo…

  • bobohle

    Gottlieb says we don’t deserve to be in? He’s the one who picked Tennesee to beat us when we were the 8 seed and we just hammered Tennesee in that game a few years ago. Probably a lot will think M doesn’t belong. Who cares. We are in. GO BLUE!

    • Fab 5 Legends

      Gottlieb is a hater! Go back to Oklahoma! Go Blue, Beilein , outsmar t other coach of Tulsa!

      • MAZS

        Oklahoma State–after dismissal from ND

  • Patrick Wright

    We have a similar record to a lot of tourney teams and are in the play in game. So why was our RPI and/or SOS so bad if we played nearly 1/2 our games versus tourney teams? Purdue (3), IU (2), Iowa (2), Maryland (2), MSU, Wisc, Xavier, Texas, Connecticut, and SMU (whose ineligibility probably allowed us in)?

    • GTFOmycourt

      Not sure. Minnesota and Rutgers may have been very bad for big ten teams rpi.

  • Wayman Britt

    Four seniors they must have lots of experience

  • gobluemd16

    All I know about Tulsa is that Frank Haith is their coach.. and he is a scumbag. If we do beat Tulsa, our game against Notre Dame may have 165 points. Just happy to be in. GO BLUE

    • bobohle

      I am glad the ND game would be on Friday instead of ST Patrick’s Day.

    • rlcBlue

      The committee does have a sense of humor – Haith, a big-time recruiter who is roundly mocked as a terrible Xs and Os coach and has twice skipped town just ahead of NCAA sanctions (at Miami and Missouri) vs. Beilein.

  • Tony DeMaria

    According to released seed list Michigan was the 4th to last team in. Tulsa was the last. Vandy was the last bye

    • gobluemd16

      Vandy doesn’t have a bye..

      • Tony DeMaria

        Shoot my bad. I saw Tulsa last in and counted 4 up. Gonzaga was in there. VCU was last bye

    • bobohle

      Vandy plays in Dayton also.

  • malcolm bolt

    Let’s get after it fellas! Sometimes the opportunity meets the man, sometimes the man meets the opportunity. Go Blue!!

  • gobluemd16

    Tulsa last team in, were in ZERO of 59 bracketologist’s brackets on bracketmatrix. Wow.

  • Joel_C

    Tulsa (240th) actually has a lower overall rebounding percentage than we do (206th), wow

    • Steve2081

      They only play one guy with size (6’9 245) and he only averages 19 minutes a game. Their next biggest rotation guy is like 6’7 205.

      • Slim33

        love the fact that Tulsa isn’t big, bodes well for M.

  • scipiodreams80

    Jason Williams could not be more right ripping how badly Kansas got screwed. #1 overall seed, and they would trade places in a heartbeat with Sparty. Hollis strikes again.

    • Mark Worthley

      North Carolina gets the winner of Indiana and Kentucky!

      • scipiodreams80

        Those two got the most screwed.

  • bobohle

    Game time approx 9:10pm on tru TV

  • Alex

    We’ve got a shot. Now let’s see what the team does with it. The season starts over right now. Win or go home. Should we beat Tulsa I really like that we are in Brooklyn. Could have a neutral court if not friendly crowd. Also like that we have the Wednesday game.

    Welcome back to the Tourney. Let’s win the game.

    • Tony DeMaria

      I dunno about a guaranteed neutral court. ND has about as many transplanted fans as UM

  • Michigan-Tulsa is a 9:10 tip-off on truTV on Wednesday night.

    • gobluemd16

      Beilein hates the late tip with an irregular pregame routine, but the team will be prepared.

  • Tony DeMaria

    Kenny just said he’s picking the Michigan/Tulsa winner to beat ND

    • ChiMan

      I’m calling my upset now: Hawaii is knocking of Cal. Book it!

      • rlcBlue

        Sai Tummala vs. Jaylen Brown in the Those who leave or never come in the first place will not be champions battle.

        • ChiMan

          lol well played, sir. Well played!

  • scipiodreams80

    Love that Castiglione when interviewed pointed out FOUR TOP THIRTY WINS.

    Looks like those of us making that distinction were on to something, after all.

  • gobluemd16

    Major ACC bias in seed list. Virginia, Duke, Syracuse overseeded in my opinion. Duke a 4, was a 5 in their own conference tournament.

    • David Remmler

      Yeah, how is Virginia a #1 seed over MSU? And how are two 10 loss teams (Duke and Cal) #4 seeds over #5 seeds Indiana, Purdue and Maryland? Is the committee full of Big Ten haters?

      • gobluemd16

        Hollis put all of his Big Ten power into getting MSU an easy road to the Final 4. Their road is a joke, IMO.

      • gobluemd16

        Most bracketologists had all of Indiana, Purdue, and MD as 4’s (MD was 5 some places), and all got 5 seeds. MSU was also a popular 1 and got a 2. Disappointing, as I can only see MSU going on a run based on the bracketing.

  • scipiodreams80

    Loving that Kam Freaking Chatman shot us into the tournament!

  • David Remmler

    Glad we’re in but the Selection Show was beyond annoying. Gottlieb, for one, is an ignorant jerk who doesn’t understand the difference between 4 top 30 and 4 top 100 wins. How is such an imbecile on the show? Some of the decisions were beyond puzzling. The Committee showed contempt for the Big Ten by making MSU a #2 seed and also under seeding other top Big Ten teams. Hope the Big Ten does well. Unfortunately, the committee made it impossible for the Big Ten to live up to its potential. It even crammed its two best teams (MSU and Purdue) into the same region. Ridiculous.

    • scipiodreams80

      Sparty – yet again – got the easiest region in the bracket.

  • scipiodreams80

    Can we just step back and look at Sparty once again getting the easiest path and the easiest region? How can you possibly look at this happening year after year with Hollis on the committee and view it as a coincidence???

    • jemblue

      For the life of me I don’t understand how/why the NCAA can’t find 12 impartial observers to serve on the committee, instead of a bunch of athletic directors with a clear conflict of interest.

      • scipiodreams80

        Agreed – it’s maddening.

    • Mark Worthley

      Seton Hall, Gonzaga, Utah and Fresno State is the worst collection of four teams in the tournament.

      But, Hollis is smart if he’s doing something about this, by giving up the number one seed to get this path.

      • scipiodreams80

        Like I said, there are three #1 seeds who would trade spots with Sparty in a heartbeat – particularly KU and UNC.

        Ridiculous that he was able to execute such an obvious gambit.

  • ChiMan

    Per Mlive, Michigan opens as a 3 point favorite over Tulsa. Seems about right

    • jemblue

      We’d better have the fan advantage with the game being in Dayton.

  • rlcBlue

    So back before the Wisconsin game I predicted that no at-large team would have a worse loss than the Badgers. Here are the results:

    KenPom RPI
    Wisconsin vs Northern Illinois 239 262
    Dayton at LaSalle 264 232
    Syracuse at St John’s 240 245
    Maryland at Minnesota 217 258
    Temple at East Carolina 211 217
    VCU at George Mason 207 202
    Providence at DePaul 202 199

    NIU had the worst RPI, but LaSalle and St John’s were even worse in KenPom’s eyes. Although Wisconsin’s home loss is still worse than Dayton and Syracuse’s road losses, I’m going to double my contribution to UMHoops anyway, just ’cause I’m in such a good mood…

  • jemblue

    Love the pic of Mo celebrating. I’m sure he did something similar in the film room when it was announced.

  • Stephen Chang

    Tulsa does not have a lot of bigs, their biggest guy according to their website is 6’11, 267 and then their next biggest guy is 6’9, 209. On defense, they love to use the 2-3 zone, fullcourt and halfcourt press and a bit of man to man. They are not great shooting outside, 32% from 3 pt. Their overall FT is 66%. Their starting lineup consists of 4 seniors and 1 junior. I do believe that Michigan will beat Tulsa and face ND on Friday.