Michigan beat Houston 64-63 on freshman Jordan Poole’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer on Saturday night in Wichita, Kan. The Wolverines are headed to the Sweet 16.
This was the NCAA Tournament at its finest.
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Here’s our running live blog from the game:
Davis hits the first and misses the second. Michigan’s going to have one more shot at this.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman misses Michigan’s best shot at winning on a layup, and Houston’s at the free throw line up 63-61.
Devin Davis makes two free throws. It’s 63-61.
Devin Davis and Moe Wagner exchange layups, and Michigan leads 61-60 with 90 seconds left. Sweet 16 trip is on the line.
Michigan 55, Houston 54, 3:42 left: Michigan is on a 9-3 run despite only being 1 of its last 7 from the field. This game is turning into a ref show fast, and people #online are not particularly happy about it.
Houston 51, Michigan 46, 7:37 remaining: Michigan’s gone almost three minutes without scoring when the Wolverines really need some buckets. Rob Gray has been much better in the second half for Houston. He had 8 points on 2-for-11 shooting in the first half, and has 12 on 5-of-8 shooting so far in the second.
Houston 49, Michigan 43, 10:43 remaining: This is as far ahead as either team has been in a while. Houston extended its lead on a Rob Gray 3-pointer where he was wide open and Michigan didn’t properly close out.
Houston 42, Michigan 41, 11:38 remaining: “Rockfight” is definitely an overused phrase, but it’s apt here. Houston’s shooting all of 33 percent, while Michigan is at 37 percent from the field. It’s not pretty out there, but Houston’s getting the better of the Wolverines.
Both teams have made 5 3-pointers, but Michigan’s attempted 21 while Houston’s only put up 13. The Cougars also have a slim advantage in free throws, converting 9 of 10 compared to Michigan’s 6 of 10.
Houston 32, Michigan 31, 17:04: This may shock you, but the scoring has been low so far in the second half. Wagner’s playing, though, and he’s avoiding that third foul so far.
Halftime: Michigan 28, Houston 28
Moe Wagner’s been absent for the Wolverines, and that’s unsurprisingly correlated with a dip in production on offense. He committed two early fouls and only played nine minutes as a result.
Some quick stats:
Houston 26, Michigan 25, 3:24 left: the teams have traded leads a few times, and Houston’s shooting just a hair better than the Wolverines so far.
Michigan 20, Houston 17, 7:35 left: Michigan’s up early despite some poor shooting. It’s been a bit of a slog so far, but I think that’ll be just fine for the Wolverines.
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Michigan-Houston basketball: Time, game information
Michigan and Houston play at 10:02 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
- Time: 10:02 p.m. ET.
- Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018
- Location: Intrust Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.
- TV channel: TBS
How can I watch the Michigan-Houston game online?
How can I listen to the Michigan-Houston game on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 81, XM 81 and Internet 81.
Michigan-Houston basketball preview
The Wolverines (29-7) are the No. 3 seed in the West Region, and are No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. They continue the NCAA Tournament on a 10-game winning streak, after their 61-47 win Thursday against Montana in a first-round game.
Michigan overcame a choppy start against Montana to reach the round of 32 for the second consecutive season, and it did it with little contribution from Moritz Wagner, particularly in the first half. Wagner finished with only 5 points and was unable to make the impact many expected. But Michigan also got into foul trouble early, committed a few turnovers and climbed back from an early double-digit deficit against the Grizzlies.
In stepped Charles Matthews, who scored a game-high 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Matthews’ performance against Montana became a testament to Michigan’s depth and range, and Michigan’s bench also came through against the Grizzlies. Jaaron Simmons scored 6 points off the bench, while Duncan Robinson added 7 points.
“But this game was kind of like our ice-breaker,” Simmons said Friday. “We haven’t played in a long time. After this game, I think we’ll be able to go from the jump the next game.”
While Michigan’s offense struggled at times against Montana, its defense was stout. The Wolverines held the Grizzlies scoreless for a stretch of nearly 10 minutes in the second half.
The Cougars, however, anticipate a breakout game from Wagner, as well as a much crisper game from the Wolverines in the second-round matchup. The Wolverines, meanwhile, face a program that’s quickly become one of the tournament darlings. The Cougars (27-7) earned their first NCAA Tournament win since 1984 on Thursday.
Houston guard Rob Gray scored 39 points in the Cougars’ first-round win Thursday against San Diego State, including the game-winning shot with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.
Gray averages 19.2 points per game, while Corey Davis Jr. averages 13.4 points and Devin Davis 10.7. Houston faces a top-10 nationally ranked scoring defense in Michigan (63.1 points), but the Cougars are eighth in the country in field-goal percentage defense (39.6 percent).
Cougars coach Kelvin Sampson will face the Wolverines for the first time in more than 10 years, when he coached at Indiana. Michigan defeated Indiana 78-64 on Jan. 8, 2008 in Ann Arbor, Mich.
The winner of the game Saturday advances to the Sweet 16 on Thursday in Los Angeles.