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Michigan surge continues with Louisville upset

No. 2 Cardinals stunned, sent home

INDIANAPOLIS - Moritz Wagner scored a career-high 26 points on Sunday, and No. 7 seed Michigan rallied from an eight-point halftime deficit to stun No. 2 seed Louisville 73-69 in Midwest Regional second-round action in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

D.J. Wilson, who scored 17 points, sank four consecutive free throws during the final 17.3 seconds to send the Big Ten tournament champions into a Sweet 16 date Thursday night against either Oregon or Rhode Island in Kansas City.

The victory was a bit of revenge for the Wolverines (26-11), who were beaten 82-76 by Louisville in the 2013 NCAA Tournament championship.

Michigan, which also got 11 points from Zak Irvin and 10 from Derrick Walton Jr., shot 63 percent in the second half (17 of 27).

Donovan Mitchell led Louisville with 19 points, and Deng Adel added 16 for the Cardinals, who finished 25-9.

Michigan used an 8-2 burst that included 3-pointers from Wagner and Walton, and a Wagner layup to lead 63-57 with 4:36 to play before a Quentin Snider basket got Louisville back within 63-59.

A Mathiang layup with 15:58 remaining extended Louisville's lead to 45-36, but Michigan countered with a 10-4 run to close within 49-46 with 11:23 on the clock.

Louisville closed the first half on an 8-0 run to seize a 36-28 lead through 20 minutes. Mitchell and Adel each hit a 3-pointer, and Adel sank two free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining to create the Cardinals' eight-point halftime cushion.

Adel had 10 first-half points, and Mitchell added eight. Louisville shot 41.9 percent (13 of 31) and outrebounded Michigan in the opening half, 24-16, including 10 offensive rebounds.

Wagner had nine first-half points for the Wolverines, who shot only 36.7 percent (11 of 30) during the first 20 minutes.

NOTES: Louisville advanced Friday with a 78-63 victory against No. 15 Jacksonville State, getting 18 points and five rebounds from C Mathiang Mangok ... The Cardinals were seeking their fifth Sweet Sixteen in the past six seasons ... A No. 2 seed has been good to Louisville, winning NCAA championships from that slot in 1980 and again in 1986 ... The Cardinals dropped to 36-9 in neutral site contests during the past five seasons ... Michigan advanced with a 92-91 first-round victory against Oklahoma State, getting 26 points, 11 assists and five rebounds from G Derrick Walton Jr. ... The Wolverines came in with a six-game winning streak, including 4-0 in winning the program's second Big Ten tournament championship ... Michigan has won at least one NCAA tournament game in six of its seven appearances for coach John Beilein ... The Wolverines came in averaging a nation-best 9.2 turnovers per game.


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