The Wolverines fired in 16 3-pointers, 11 in a scorching second half, pulling away for a 92-91 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
The Wolverines Derrick Walton Jr. was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big Ten tournament after averaging over 20 points and six assists per game in Michigan's four wins.
MI vs Oklahoma State is the most interesting matchup of the first round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
MI opens NCAA Tournament play on Friday at 12:15 p.m. Follow the action here with live updates throughout the game by Geoff Robinson of The Detroit News.
From Gary, Indiana, Dillard said he needed about 30 tickets to the first session of the NCAA Tournament, where OSU and MI will play at 11:15 a.m. Friday.
Izzo said his young team might still have its best basketball ahead of it this season. On Thursday, March 17 the Spartans had media availability and held a 90-minute practice at the Colonial Life Arena on the campus of SC, in preparation of Friday's First Round game vs.
TULSA, Okla. - Third-seeded Baylor dominated the final 20 minutes against 14th-seeded New Mexico State in the East Regional matchup at the BOK Center. These type of games always make me question whether the Gophers can hold up, but I think this is one they can manage.
For Michigan there was no victory celebration - only relief after winning the highest-scoring game in this year's tourney. MI and Oklahoma State combined to take 110 shots, 45 of them from the 3-point line, and score 183 points with 36 assists, making only 14 turnovers. They have fewer than 63 possessions per game, which is the 14th-fewest in the nation.
MI led 41-40 following a fast-paced first half. Periphery stats indicate OKST is the best bet - they're 8-2 against the spread as an underdog this season, while MI is 8-9 as a favorite.
The seventh-seeded Wolverines entered the game as a 2.5-point favorite. I don't either. In tournament play, I tend to go with the team with better guard play. Jimmy King chipped in 15 points and was 3-5 from beyond the arc.
The ACC probably has the strongest group of teams in both the tournament and the NIT. They committed more than 15 fouls in seven games against tournament teams this year, and went 1-6 in those games. Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood must have been apoplectic as he watched MI continue to launch successful long jump shots.
The Miami Hurricanes and Michigan State Spartans take to the floor in NCAA Tournament action on Friday night.
"I never would have thought we'd have a chance at going to Indianapolis", Dillard said. "Some of the characteristics Arizona State has we played against in the Big Ten but in terms of maybe how they defend, top-to-bottom, and the way they do it, nobody in the Big Ten mirrors that exactly".
The absence of top shot-blocker Chris Boucher still haunts the team, but as long as Jordan Bell plays at a high level (17 points, 10 rebounds vs. Iona) and Dillon Brooks can provide assistance as a rim protector, the Ducks will be fine.