Abdur-Rahkman and Moe Wagner scored 12 points apiece to lead MI, but it was the unheralded freshman the stole the show. The Wolverines, who are the 3-seed in the West Region, will face the victor of 2-seed North Carolina vs 7-seed Texas A&M in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Los Angeles.
But at least one of his teammates, junior big man Moritz Wagner, made a detour en route to the revelry - to console and shake the hand of Houston freshman Corey Davis Jr., the Cougars' second-leading scorer who managed just three points in the 64-63 defeat. Defensively, Michigan basketball yields 63.5 points against the opposing teams.
Whistles became constant as the second half wore on, and both teams soon found themselves in foul trouble. Houston's Devin Davis was at the free-throw line with a chance to ice it.
Houston started on the right foot with sophomore forward Breaon Brady scoring a pair of layups to take the lead. Houston shot 37 percent from the floor, while MI shot 35.6 percent from the floor. Gray led the Cougars with 23 points in the loss against MI.More news: NCAA Tournament Watch Guide, Day 2: Second Verse, Same As The First?
So brutal. More so given it looked like Houston was going to survive the refs giving MI like every call in the second half.
They call it March Madness for a reason.
Trailing 63-61, MI took advantage of 2 missed free throws by Houston's Devin Davis, giving the Wolverines the ball with less than 4 seconds left and a chance to tie or win the game. "I have a lot of respect for the way they played".
MI is headed to its fourth Sweet 16 in six years. The teams combined for 41 fouls, resulting in 42 free throws.
After that, everyone played a bit softer, allowing shooters more room.