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Thursday, March 17, 2016
WOLVERINE BASKETBALL SWEEPS TWIN BILL AGAINST TULSA AND WRIGHT STATE
Michigan Basketball is BACK. Coach John Beilein led his team to a rousing five-point beat-down of Tulsa last night, qualifying to play in the NCAA Tournament.
The Wolverines took a commanding eight-point lead into half-time, its largest of the game, and see-sawed with the Golden Hurricanes throughout the second half. Once Tulsa took a lead with 1:09 remaining, UM turned on the jets and outscored the third-place team from the American Conference by six points. It was the worst loss for Tulsa since the last game they played, when Memphis beat them by 22 points.
The win serves as a ticket to the Big Dance, where Michigan will face Notre Dame on Friday night in New York City. This marquee match-up was the driving force behind the selection of UM for one of the prestigious so-called "play-in" games. The Wolverine advance assures a huge crowd at Madison Square Garden and terrific ratings on the television coverage. It's viewed as a much better match-up for the Irish than other teams that had better season-long credentials than Michigan.
Meanwhile, the Wolverine women took it out on Wright State in the Women's National Invitational Tournament (WNIT) last night, advancing to the WNIT second round. It was the 18th win of the season for UM. The Michigan women's team gets a chance at a "20-win season" by avoiding the NCAA Tourmament, similar to what they did last year.
UM padded their regular season record last year with four wins in the WNIT, pushing them past the 20-win mark.
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