The Wolverines fired in 16 3-pointers, 11 in a scorching second half, pulling away for a 92-91 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
MI will play the victor of 2-seed Louisville and 15-seed Jacksonville State in the second round.
" MI set an NCAA Tournament program record with 16 three-pointers". The single-game NCAA tournament record of 21 was set by Loyola Marymount against, coincidentally, MI in 1990.
MI head coach John Beilein called time out and his discussion during the time out and CBS commercial break must have been math oriented on how threes are better than twos.
Even for one of the nation's highest-scoring teams, it was simply too much to overcome.
Izzo said his young team might still have its best basketball ahead of it this season. The only disappointment is that it was played at such a high level that it's unfortunate that one of these teams, Oklahoma State in this case, has to be sent home after just one game. First in their path is Oklahoma State, another under-seeded squad and one of the most risky teams on offense in the nation. MI did win a close contest, but they had the game well sealed away before that and just had to make free throws. MI was the seven and the Cowboys were the ten seed.
Oklahoma State and MI played one of the best games of the tournament so far.
Last but not least, it appears that Lowell over BU in the Hockey East final would knock BC out, but any other Hockey East championship game result would be OK.
After first-round exits against 14th-seeded Georgia State and 12th-seeded Yale the last two seasons, Baylor (26-7) responded to a two-point deficit at halftime versus New Mexico State by winning the second half, 53-33.
The No. 9 Michigan State Spartans are looking to advance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament with a win over No. 8 Miami (Fla.) on Friday night, but there could be some issues that hamper the ability for the Spartans to have success.
U-M hit 11 of its first 15 three-pointers after halftime, burying the Cowboys in their best shooting game in nearly two months. If Bridges and Ward get into foul trouble, which they often do, MSU has no chance at all.
Oh, you didn't know that Northwestern was one of five teams to have never made the NCAA tournament?
The other semifinal pits two teams who the Gophers split the season series 2-2 with.
Oklahoma State lost a tough one to MI, but the Cowboys' financial backers won in the process.
The game got off to a somewhat shaky start, especially for U-M, which shot 1-of-7 from the floor, while OSU was 1-of-5 with three turnovers going into the first media timeout.
Walton's 3-pointer with 9:06 remaining pushed MI into a 70-64 lead, but Evans countered with a layup to pull the Cowboys to within 70-66.
Nairn is averaging 3.7 points and 3.7 assists per game on an average of 23.2 minutes per game.
Trends of note: MI is 6-0 on neutral ground this season and the Cowboys have gone Under the Total a flawless 5-0 in their last 5 NCAA Tournament affairs as an oddsmaker opening underdog between a pick'em and 6.5 points.
That's a big challenge at this point for the Badgers, who, save for a few scoring outbursts, have struggled to find the back of the net like they did earlier in the season when they boasted a strong attack and tolerable defense.
"We just had enough firepower to overcome their incredible offensive talent and get enough points to win", MI coach John Beilein said.
This season, on a team that was disappointing throughout the year, they looked to the Big Ten Tournament as the last opportunity to salvage a good feeling. He also has hit some big shots and lifted the team in the clutch.
Guard Al Freeman led Baylor with 21 points, reserve forward Terry Maston added 19 and nine rebounds, forward Jo Lual-Acuil had 16 and forward Johnathan Motley finished with 15 points and a team-leading 10 rebounds.