INDIANAPOLIS – The Michigan basketball team advanced to its fifth straight Sweet 16 on Saturday with a win over Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The last time Michigan wasn’t in the Sweet 16 was 2016.
The No. 11 seed Wolverines needed a furious comeback in the second half against No. 6 seed Colorado State to survive in the first round, but the game against the No. 3 seed Volunteers stayed close throughout.
Michigan got off to a fast start Saturday, building an early 10-2 lead and staying ahead for most of the first half. But a turnover-fueled Tennessee run right before halftime put the Wolverines down 37-32 at the break.
Michigan battled back behind Hunter Dickinson early in the second half, taking a brief lead, but an inability to stay in front of Tennessee guards allowed the Volunteers to build up another six-point lead.
But the Wolverines had one last push, as a pair of Terrance Williams put-backs and an Eli Brooks layup put them up 65-62 after the under-four timeout. Williams, Brooks and Dickinson ultimately sealed the win at the free-throw line.
In the end, the Wolverines won by a final score of 76-68. They will play the winner of No. 2 Villanova and No. 7 Ohio State.
Dickinson led Michigan with 27 points on 8-13 shooting. He also pitched in 11 rebounds.
Brooks scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting.