Michigan escaped their Sweet Sixteen game against Tennessee, but not without some drama. With less than three minutes left, the Wolverines were up by eight. Tennessee rattled off seven straight points and gave them a shot at winning the game with just six seconds left. It was a Caris LeVert turnover that had given them this shot and fittingly he played a minor part in reversing that mistake.
Jarnell Stokes caught the inbound pass and LeVert went for the double team as Stokes drove to the hoop. Jordan Morgan stood his ground and took the charge giving Michigan a big boost with barely any time remaining.
After multiple fouls and some way too intense passing movements, Nik Stauskas made one free throw, but missed the second. Tennessee grabbed the rebound and hoisted a long attempt to no avail.
Michigan advances to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row with this win and will face the winner of Kentucky and Louisville. The Wolverines were led by three point shooting at the half, but it was not as prevalent as they were only 4 of 11 from three. Four Michigan starters scored in double figures led by Jordan Morgan's 15 points.
Tennessee's Cinderella story ends tonight after beating Iowa in the play-in game then UMass and Mercer. Jordan McRae was the star of the team especially in the second half scoring 24 points on the night. McRae consistently drove the lane, but had trouble with his free throws. He made 6 of 11 from the charity stripe.
Once again, Michigan caused an opposing big man to be off their game as Jarnell Stokes put up a measly stat line of 11 points, six rebounds, and one assist. Josh Richardson was the second leading scorer on the night with 19 points.