Seventh-Seeded Michigan Tops No. 2 Seed Louisville


Michigan’s D.J. Wilson with Moritz Wagner (13), who had a career-high 26 points in a victory over Louisville.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Moritz Wagner, Michigan’s 6-foot-11 sophomore prankster, motioned to the pocket of Wolverines fans across the court, urging the crowd to make more noise as the school band played yet another rendition of its signature fight song, “The Victors.”

Andrew Dakich, the program’s one-time walk-on and current hype man, leapt in the air at midcourt, chest-bumping teammate after teammate, each of whom looked ready to play another 40 minutes after No. 7-seeded Michigan’s electric, 73-69 come-from-behind win Sunday over second-seeded Louisville to advance to the N.C.A.A. tournament’s round of 16.

Minutes after the Wolverines’ second-round victory in the Midwest Region, John Beilein, Michigan’s 64-year-old coach, emerged from the coaches’ section of the locker room armed with a giant water gun to deploy on his players — a savvy move from a veteran of what has become a March tradition of players…

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