MI shoots the lights out to win March Madness thriller

MI went 4-1 against that group.

The difference: Poise and emotion, the same components that helped MI (25-11) overcome last week's harrowing plane mishap to sweep four games in four days at the Big Ten Tournament.

Joe White: Michigan basketball comes into the NCAA Tournament as hot as any team in the country.

The Penn State men's hockey team is alive and well. They've won only one NCAA game since 2006 and will have to wait at least another year to improve on that. MI is now 25-11 on the season and their "Cinderella" story following a missed takeoff from the airport in nearby Ypsilanti to the Ann Arbor campus continues. And all three of those players along with Justin Kloos were named to the All-Big Ten First Team. He also has hit some big shots and lifted the team in the clutch.

The Gophers will look to build on their regular season championship in the playoffs. This is the season UCLA roared back into the spotlight because of what the Bruins could do when they have the basketball, with six players averaging in double figures.

Michigan State had an up-and-down season, led by freshmen Miles Bridges and Nick Ward. And they hit some hard shots. Minnesota will put Jack Glover in the lineup to replace Lindgren. He played just three games last season with an elbow injury. It appears Jack Sadek will be taking Lindgren's spot in the top defensive pair as he has practiced with Bischoff in that spot all week. Evans, Underwood, and these Cowboys are something very real that can get a lot better. Brent Gates, Jr would be nice to have a big weekend from.

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If you are a betting man or woman though, the odds say UNC and Duke will square up for a fourth time in the national title game. In fact, one of Duke's best players is happy to be in the same region as a couple of the nation's top-five ranked teams.

The adjustments took a bit of time on Friday.

Feel free to play around with the You Are The Committee calculator and tell me if you've found any other path to the NCAAs for the Eagles. Oklahoma State allowed opponents, on average to shoot 40 percent from beyond the arch and the worst combination of those two absolutes from this season allowed MI to take control of the game following that time out. I've been impressed with what they do in transition.

The Bruins' star guard Lonzo Ball could be starting for the New York Knicks next season - although given the lottery odds, he probably won't be - but still, Ball is the most electrifying guard to play the college game since current Knick Derrick Rose suited up for Memphis. In 2005, West Virginia blew a 20-point lead as Louisville rallied for a 93-85 overtime victory and a trip to the Final Four.

"I thought the team that got the best start tonight was going to have the advantage, and obviously they took advantage", MI coach Red Berenson said. Gopher fans are hopeful that they can make him hear it several more times Friday night.

Earlier this week, Underwood talked about some keys to Friday's game, which include rebounding and pace of play.

That has changed, though, with everything that has happened in the second half of the season - from wins at home against Wisconsin and Purdue to a magical run through the conference tournament after that near-tragic plane accident.