Michigan Prepares for Louisville on Sunday

Pitino, whose team advanced in the NCAA tournament with a 78-63 victory against Jacksonville State, said one of his players mistakenly thought CBS sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson was stealing plays Friday for Jacksonville State.

Pitino said the biggest change in the evolution of three-pointers has been the number of very tall players who can shoot them now, to the point it has become a focus of his recruiting efforts. He has coached in seven Final Fours and is one of only two coaches to get there from three different colleges.

"We were so focused on trying to get a stop, knowing that we can match 'em (offensively), It's just about getting stops.".

MI made 18 3-pointers - a school record for the NCAA Tournament - in its opening-round win.

On paper, this matchup looks like it could be more of the same.

A rematch of the 2013 NCAA tournament championship game will take place in Indianapolis on Sunday when the second-seeded Louisville Cardinals (25-8) take on the seventh-seeded Michigan Wolverines (25-11) as small favorites.

Walton Jr., who has already cemented his legacy as a MI great by leading the Wolverines to a Big Ten Tournament Championship, can add another chapter if he can will this team to the Sweet 16. And they're lethal, and they're on a great run right now. They shoot well from the foul line.

"They thought she was giving it to the other team", Pitino said.

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It's the sixth straight win for MI since the team plane slid off the runway on its attempt to take off to Washington, D.C. for the Big Ten tournament.

Another potential concern - 3-point shooting.

MI basketball coach John Beilein meets with the media about the NCAA tournament on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, in Ann Arbor. They are really hard for us.

Pitino didn't drop any hints about what he'd do defensively.

Scoring came to a halt with under 10 minutes left to play.

Pitino had extraordinary players on his mid-1990s Kentucky teams. You're going to see some type of full court, just soft stuff. I think we can do that in a gradual thing, just like the minor leagues in baseball. One day, the good side would emerge. But Michigan would not go away.

Now Jackson will have his chance to play against the team he grew up cheering for when the top-seeded Jayhawks (29-4) face the ninth-seeded Spartans (20-14) on Sunday. That's one way this game could go. "It wasn't because of a lack of effort", Jacksonville State coach Ray Harper.

Oklahoma State goes much deeper on its bench, with five reserves who play more than 12 minutes per game. MI led by seven points with one minute to play and, although Oklahoma State was able to cut that down to two with twelve seconds to play, the Wolverines were able to knock down their free throws when they counted. No. 7 MI play for the first time since the 2013 title game won by the Cardinals.

U of L started the game well, looking confident, jumped to a 9-6 lead after the first tv timeout as all The Cardinals looked connected and light on their feet. Hassan Martin leads the Rams with 73 blocked shots.



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