Kentucky-Louisville may be the headliner in Indianapolis tonight, but it will be hard to outshine the early game between Michigan and Tennessee.
The Wolverines jumped all over the Vols in the first half behind white-hot three point shooting and offensive efficiency, and went into the half up 45-34. Tennessee clawed back through the second half, and made a number of huge plays down the stretch, especially on the defensive end. With the game coming to a close, the Vols forced multiple turnovers with their full-court pressure, and cut the Michigan lead to 72-71 with under ten seconds left. Tennessee had a chance for the lead, but a tough offensive foul call on Jarnell Stokes gave the ball back to Michigan with six seconds remaining.
After more tough inbounds defense, Michigan was eventually able to get the ball to Nik Stauskas with 2.1 seconds left, who was fouled, and extended the Wolverine lead to one, hitting one of two from the line. Tennessee was able to rebound the miss on the second free throw, but missed a half-court heave to win the game. Michigan hangs on, and will advance to the Elite Eight to face the Louisville-Kentucky winner.