Michigan Wolverines stage big surge in closing minutes, upsets 3 seed Tennessee Volunteers for spot in Sweet 16

Indianapolis — As time was running down in Saturday’s second-round NCAA Tournament matchup and Michigan was trailing by six late against Tennessee, a thought crept into the back of fifth-year senior guard Eli Brooks’ mind.

He wanted one more shot, one more opportunity to wear his Wolverines uniform one last time.

Brooks made sure it happened. He spearheaded a strong finish over the final eight minutes that propelled No. 11 seed Michigan past No. 3 Tennessee, 76-68, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse and into the Sweet 16 for the fifth season.

Michigan's Terrance Williams II reacts after hitting a basket against Tennessee.

“Making it to the Sweet 16 is, as literal as it is, sweet because nobody believed in us,” sophomore center Hunter Dickinson said. “Everybody thought we shouldn’t be in the tournament. And now people that were hating on us are going home and about to watch us next week.”

BOX SCORE: Michigan 76, Tennessee 68

Michigan (19-14) will face either second-seeded Villanova or rival Ohio State, a No. 7 seed, in Thursday’s South Region semifinal in San Antonio. Game time is to be determined.

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