The Michigan Wolverines advanced to the Elite Eight round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament with a hard-fought, 73-71 win over the Tennessee Volunteers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Friday night. The victory puts the Wolverines in the championship game of the postseason college basketball tourney's Midwest Region on Sunday, when they will face the winner of the Kentucky-Louisville matchup, which as of this writing, was still in progress.
Despite leading by as many as 15 points with just under 11 minutes left in the second half, the Maize and Blue had to hold on against the Volunteers, who made a late charge to close within one point. In fact, Tennessee had the ball and a chance to go on top with just over nine seconds remaining, but committed an offensive foul, which turned over the ball to Michigan. Following timeouts from both squads and a U-T foul, U-M's Nik Stauskas went to the free throw line and sank one of two shots, after which the Volunteers missed a last, desperation heave toward the basket as time expired.
Jordan Morgan led the scoring for the Wolverines, as the senior forward had 15 points to edge Stauskas, who finished with 14 points, and Glenn Robinson III, who had 13 points. Morgan also had seven rebounds, six of which came on defense. Tennessee's Jordan McRae topped all scorers on the night, as the senior guard had 24 points.