It was not pretty, but No. 3 seed Michigan basketball overcame a 10-0 start to beat No. 14 seed Montana, 61-47, in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
The reward is a date with No. 6 seed Houston in the second round Saturday night, and the odds makers like the Wolverines’ chances to win that game, too. Coach John Beilein’s team is a three-point favorite against the Cougars, according to MyBookie.
Next up: Michigan vs. Houston.
— Michigan Men's Basketball (@umichbball) March 16, 2018
Michigan (29-7) entered the NCAA Tournament as one of the hottest teams in college basketball. The Wolverines, the No. 3 seed in the West Region, have now won 10 straight games.
But for that streak to continue, they’ll have to find a way to stop Houston senior guard Rob Gray. The junior college transfer leads the Cougars (27-7) in scoring at 19.2 points per game and has already shown the ability to enhance his play in the biggest moments. In a 67-65 first-round win over No. 11 seed San Diego State on Thursday, Gray scored a career-high 39 points, including a acrobatic last-second layup to put his team ahead for good.
See all of the scores and matchups from the entire NCAA Tournament, here.