TU vs. Michigan In First Four: How They Matchup

Wednesday, March 16th 2016, 7:44 pm
By: News On 6

Ohio State fans are popping up to support Tulsa in the First Four and would love nothing more than to see some sad Michigan fans make the trip up North.

As for the basketball game between the two 11-seeds, they both are guard heavy teams who like to push the ball, making for what could be an entertaining match.

Michigan also lacks in the front court so look for center Brandon Swannegan to have a good game. TU has only lost one game when he scores more than eight points in a game. 

The Golden Hurricane will also need to have success from the outside. TU's perimeter shooting and defensive percentages are significantly less than Michigan.

As for the Wolverines, they are led by Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton. Both average around 11 points per game and Walton, a guard, leads the team in rebounds at five and a half boards per game. 

But the over-arching theme of this game is both teams are capable of playing small ball and both teams are thanking their lucky stars they're here. 

"We had a tough outing against Memphis and obviously our guys look at it as we've got this new life and I think they're excited,” said TU Head Coach Frank Haith. “Hey, you know, we get a chance to play when the lights are the brightest and I see our team playing very well."

And Michigan feels just as fortunate.

"That's March Madness for you,” added Irvin. “Us being able to beat Northwestern on a buzzer-beater and IU, especially on a buzzer-beater, you know, and Kam knocking down the corner. It's just so much excitement for our team. Like I said, it's how much hard work we put into the season. You know, you go through a lot of adversity, so many ups and downs. Like I said, we're just grateful to be here."

Time for talk is over. Holy Cross and Southern are playing the first game of the session and about 30 minutes after they end Southern's band will play, then Tulsa and Michigan will take to the court.

For those who care, Tulsa is a four- point underdog to the Wolverines.