Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Stephen Hansen

Derrick Walton Jr. wins point guard duel as Michigan's ride continues

Derrick Walton Jr. wins point guard duel as Michigan's ride continues

They can anhilate an opponent with in the matter of moments if the right team gets hot.

And what Oklahoma State is going to give MI is not much time to think, similar to what the Wolverines experienced at UCLA in early December.

Both Michigan and Oklahoma State entered Friday's showdown having played better than their seeds recently while also owning offense-leaning rosters, ranking in the top five of KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency (Oklahoma State was No. 1). An alarming number of 3s, especially for Oklahoma State fans.

The ACC led all conferences with nine NCAA Tournament invitations and was billed as the best league in the nation this season. The Cowboys floor general is a versatile and high basketball IQ backcourt stud who has scored 20 or more points in three straight games and executed this feat 14 times this season.

Al Freeman came off the bench to score 21 points, and No. 3 seed Baylor defeated No. 14 seed New Mexico State 91-73 in the first round of the NCAA's East Regional.

MI was the automatic qualifier from the Big Ten and they seem to be a major contender for the championship. The Wolverines had trouble guarding the slightly quicker Cowboys. Sophomore shooting guard Matt McQuaid scored seven points and he assisted on Ellis' layup that gave the Spartans their biggest margin, 64-41, with 8:51 remaining. Zak Irvin followed with another.

Evans did everything in his power to will the Pokes to victory.

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INDIANAPOLIS - Mangok Mathiang scored 18 points and Deng Adel added 16 Friday to help second-seeded Louisville pull away from Jacksonville State 78-63 in the first round of the Midwest Regional. His final field goal of the game appeared to seal the victory for MI, as he rolled in a 17-foot jumper that gave MI a 86-79 lead with 52.6 seconds remaining. That's when Abdur-Rahkman and Walton Jr. found their stroke from deep again to take the 62-61 lead with 12:28 left.

The headlining matchup of the day was Walton vs. Oklahoma State's Jawun Evans, and it didn't disappoint. Walton put the ball between his legs, created a little space and nailed the step back trey for the left corner.

Guard Alvin Ellis III finished the first half by hitting a jumper, getting fouled and completing the three-point play at the free-throw line.

MI closed as a 2.5-point betting favorite today against Oklahoma State in a first round game and led by four points with the final seconds quickly ticking off the clock. Abdur-Rahkman each had 16 points, including 3-of-6 from three. They got confident and shot 16-25 on field goals in the second half. "In the second half, I settled down".

Early Friday, it looked like Michigan's momentum was waning.

MI both scored and gave up 90 points in a NCAA Tournament game for the first time since defeating East Tennessee State 102-90 in 1992. Oklahoma State won 68-66.

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