Wagner was called for a foul with 5:39 left in a tied game, shifting the momentum.
Michigan rode Walton’s energy, and that of the largely maize and blue crowd at Barclays Center, to an early 13-point lead midway through the first half
Per NCAA rules, players are not allowed to participate in filling out brackets, but many of the Wolverines’ players fondly remember testing out their bracketology skills before college.
Michigan juniors Zak Irvin, Andrew Dakich and Sean Lonergan will see many familiar faces on the court Friday, including V.J. Beachem, Demetrius Jackson, Austin Torres and Austin Burgett.
Friday’s game will be the Wolverines’ fifth in nine days spanning three states.
Dakich played five minutes in the Wolverines’ NCAA Tournament victory over Tulsa on Wednesday, a statistic nobody would have predicted entering the season.
Irvin finished with 16 points, 13 of which came in the second half, to lead Michigan to a win down the stretch.
When the Michigan men’s basketball team was desperate, Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman was there to save it.
After shooting 3-for-3 for nine points against Indiana in the Big Ten Tournament during his first substantive minutes since December, Wagner has seen the floor more often, and for good reason.
Michigan escaped with a 67-62 victory, advancing to a first-round matchup with No. 6 seed Notre Dame in Brooklyn on Friday.