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Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Health | By Bessie Ortiz

MI downs Louisville, in Sweet 16

MI downs Louisville, in Sweet 16

It took only 70 seconds for Louisville to turn a tie game into an eight-point lead. For U of L, sophomore Donovan Mitchell scored 19 points and fellow sophomore Deng Adel added 16.

The Cardinals have failed to cover the spread in four straight games, but are a solid 21-4 straight up as favorite this season. The Cardinals held a double-digit rebounding advantage (33-22) over MI but they couldn't knock down perimeter shots as Louisville ended Sunday's game at 25 percent (5-for-20) from three-point range. They'll face either Rhode Island or OR in Kansas City. Pitino had defeated Beilein's West Virginia team in the 2005 NCAA Tournament as well as his MI team in the 2013 NCAA championship game.

After playing only 14 minutes against Oklahoma State, Wagner shot 11-for-14 from the field and scored 26 points on Sunday, dominating the Cardinals with a smooth game in the post and the ability to make plays from the outside. In the win over the Cowboys, Michigan was an impressive 16-of-29 from the arc.

"Having an opportunity to play for a Hall of Fame coach like Rick Pitino was always the front thought,"Johnson said".

MI (26-11), which made its last Sweet 16 appearance in 2014, and continues its insane run, having won 12 of 14 games.

The Cards lock down defense held a hot-handed MI team to just 28 points in the first half, but MI wouldn't be denied late, draining three-pointers and hitting free-throws lights out down the stretch. "It was just a matter of it all coming together at the right time".

Louisville forward Mangok Mathiang goes to the hoop. The California native calmly sank four free throws over the course of two possessions before sealing the victory with a blocked shot on a desperation three-point attempt.

Louisville likes to run a press defense, and that could work in Michigan's favor.

Missed 3-pointers from Mitchell and Snider took the air out of Louisville fans in the building. MI was 11 of 15 on 3s in the second half Friday and finished with 16, the most by a Wolverines' team in NCAA Tourney history.

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