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Michigan Wolverines vs. Louisville Cardinals NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview and Prediction

The Oklahoma State men's basketball team's season came to an end Friday, as the Cowboy fell 92-91 to MI in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64 in Indianapolis. Those four racked up 57 points which is the most of any freshmen combo during an NCAA Tournament game in school history.

Wilson finished with 19 points (6-12 FG, 6-6 FT), five rebounds and four blocked shots. Walton, Rahkman and Irvin combined to make 13 shots from behind the arc.

Lonzo Ball and Aaron Holiday each had 15 points for UCLA, which will face No. 6 seed Cincinnati in the second round on Sunday.

Nick Ward scored 19 and grabbed seven rebounds to lead Michigan State while Miles Bridges added 18 points and nine rebounds and Joshua Langford scored 13.

Jeffrey Carroll, a junior who enjoyed a breakout year and is considered a future pro, was more concrete in his intention of returning. The 'Canes entered the season with a young and shallow roster, playing with one senior and having 7-8 players touch the court in most games. The absence of top shot-blocker Chris Boucher still haunts the team, but as long as Jordan Bell plays at a high level (17 points, 10 rebounds vs. Iona) and Dillon Brooks can provide assistance as a rim protector, the Ducks will be fine.

MI will now face off against No. 2 Louisville in the second round on Sunday.

Venue: BOK Center, Tulsa, Okla.

" MI set an NCAA Tournament program record with 16 three-pointers". That gave Michigan State a 38-27 edge at the break. The Trojans trailed Providence by 17 in the second half of their First Four game on Wednesday night before winning 75-71. The Jayhawks can run and put up points in a hurry, but also play a stout defense that will bury a Spartans team that can struggle to score.

Next up is Kansas (29-4), which defeated UC Davis, 100-62, in the earlier game Friday night in Tulsa. Jo Lual-Acuil scored 16 points and Johnathan Motley added 15 and 10 rebounds as the Bears avoided a third straight first-round exit.

The win ensures top seeds will remain ideal since the tournament expanded, with the schools now 132-0 against No. 16 seeds. Wilson free throws gave MI a 92-88 lead with less than five seconds to play, and the Wolverines shrugged off a last-second three-pointer to advance to Sunday's (March 19) second round against the victor of second-seeded Louisville and 15th-seeded Jacksonville State. The Wolverines were lights out from three-point range, and were able to ice the game late with free throws despite the Cowboys best efforts at hanging around. But he had 19 points by halftime in this one, helping the Tar Heels (28-7) quickly eliminate any chance of an unprecedented upset.

Iona kept pace with some insane 3-pointers, but OR overwhelmed them in the paint. MI committed just four turnovers all day, continuing its nation-low turnover ratio.

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