Michigans Out in B1G Ten Tournament

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Michigans Out in B1G Ten Tournament

"They have Tum Tum Nairn as a junior point guard, Alvin Ellis and that's about it", he said.

"You go 11 for 15, that's hard enough to do in a gym by yourself", Underwood said.

Friday's game actually started off slowly - it was 11-11 at the under-12 timeout in the first half - but then it found its groove, two prolific offenses hitting big shots and coming up with responses, each team rising to meet the moment. MI made 11 threes in the second half alone.

"I think he plays a lot like Chris Paul", Walton said. "My teammates really helped me throughout the game, but I thought in the end that I was the best guard and we won the game".

Liam Folkes, Nate Sucese and David Goodwin netted the early scores in a 4-1 victory over MI in the opening round of the Big Ten tournament on Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

And while Oklahoma State fan Tom Howard didn't like how the game ended, he said he did like the venue, "because it's old style-basketball and good noise".

There might not be a team playing better right now than MI, and their deadliness from the three-point line is one reason for the win streak. Only UNC Wilmington has allowed a higher OPP FG% than Michigan's 46.3 or OKST's 47.

Juwan Evans scored 23 points and Jeffrey Carroll had 19 to lead Oklahoma State (20-13), but the nation's eighth-highest scoring team just couldn't keep up with Michigan's 3-point barrage.

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"We just had enough firepower to overcome their incredible offensive talent and get enough points to win", MI coach John Beilein said. "We're used to it, but we settled a little bit".

Michigan's Zak Irvin and D.J. Wilson were the stronger offensive weapons late in the first half and then five Wilson free throws to end the first half helped MI to the one point lead 41-40 at the break.

Michigan Wolverines forward Moe Wagner. "That was a big thing when they could get it". They've won only one NCAA game since 2006 and will have to wait at least another year to improve on that. You can argue whose individual line was more impressive, but not without considering this: Walton was seven of 13 from the field, including six of nine from three, while Evans was 10 of 26.

MI is riding high after their first win in the NCAA Tournament, a 92-91 squeaker over Oklahoma State.

It was the last game for Cowboy seniors Phil Forte III and Leyton Hammonds.

The Nittany Lions, Buckeyes and Cowboys are among the teams to watch during the NCAA Championships, which start on Thursday and run through Saturday.

MSU drew the ninth seed in the Stockton Region and will face eight-seeded Arizona State on Friday, March 17 in a 7:30 p.m. (ET) tip-off in Colonial Life Arena. The Cowboys rank eighth nationally in scoring at 88.5 points a game. Freshman defenseman Ryan Lindgren will miss the rest of the season after injuring his leg in the Gophers game against Michigan State last Saturday when he was tripped up and crashed feet first into the boards.

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