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Michigan defeats Louisville 73-69, moves on to Sweet 16

03/19/2017, 1:20pm EDT
By By KYLE ROWLAND BLADE SPORTS WRITER

Starts today's action as final Sweet 16 invitations get handed out


Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. (10) shoots as Louisville's Anas Mahmoud (14) defends during the first half in Indianapolis. ASSOCIATED PRESS

INDIANAPOLIS — An exhilarating two-week run for Michigan will last at least one more.

The latest chapter is perhaps the most unlikely.

Trailing by eight points at the half to No. 2 seed Louisville, seventh-seeded Michigan mounted a furious second-half rally to beat the Cardinals 73-69 and advance to the Sweet 16.

Michigan outscored Louisville 45-33 in the second half.

Moe Wagner scored a game-high 26 points to lead Michigan, with 17 coming in the second half. D.J. Wilson had 17 points and Zak Irvin 11.

Derrick Walton, Jr., was limited to 10 points on 3-of-13 shooting, but he hit the biggest shot of the game — a hard-charging layup with Michigan clinging to a two-point lead in the final minute.

Louisville ended the first half on an 8-0 run after Michigan tied the game with 1:40 left. It extended the lead to nine early in the second half.

Michigan will play the winner of No. 3 seed Oregon-No. 11 seed Rhode Island Thursday in Kansas City.

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