Michigan books game with Notre Dame on Zak Irvin 3, late free throws

Michigan and Tulsa for the most part played a clunker of a game, but at the end of the second half thigns got interesting as the teams traded the lead. The Wolverines hit just six of their 25 3-point attempts as a team but this one from Zak Irvin with just under one minute remaining gave Michigan the lead for good on the way to a 67-62 win.

Both teams shot the ball poorly and most spurts almost seemed accidental. Michigan was also slowed by the fact that Derrick Walton was saddled with foul trouble and the offense stalled with him on the bench. The Wolverines shot the ball poorly from deep all game, but couldn’t get much of anything in the halfcourt with Walton on the bench.

After the game, Zak Irvin credited Tulsa’s defense for its role in Michigan’s poor shooting night. Well the most impressive defensive performance may have come from Michigan freshman big man Moritz Wagner. Wagner was a beast inside with four points, eight rebounds, four blocks and one steal.

This is good news for Michigan heading into a meeting with No. 6 seed Notre Dame on Friday night. Zach Auguste’s success inside is a huge part of Notre Dame being the best it can be, and if Wagner can neutralize his impact then the game becomes much more balanced and favorable for the Wolverines.

Notre Dame-Michigan tips off at 9:40 p.m. ET in Brooklyn.

Zak Irvin came up clutch for Michigan to seal the victory. (USATSI)
Zak Irvin came up clutch for Michigan to seal the victory. (USATSI)


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