There are still four spots left for the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament. Dayton, Ohio is the home of one First Four game and it features the Michigan Wolverines taking on the Tulsa Golden Hurricane with a No. 11 seed on the line.
The Wolverines (22-12 SU, 10-8 Big Ten) lost 59-76 to Purdue in the Big Ten semifinals, but an upset over Indiana in the previous round was probably enough to get them to this point. Guard Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 15 points in the Purdue loss. Michigan will have to shoot much better on Wednesday as they shot 37.7% from the floor, 24% from three-point land and 58.3% from the foul line on Saturday, March 12.
The Golden Hurricane (20-11, 12-6 AAC) were drilled 67-89 by Memphis in the AAC quarterfinals, but they had won seven of their last 10 going into that game. Guard Shaquille Harrison netted 15 for the Golden Hurricane, who hit just four of their 15 three-pointers.
This is the first time that these schools have ever met in any type of game. The winner will move on to Brooklyn, New York, to take on Notre Dame, who is the No. 6 seed in the East region.
NCAAB : Michigan Meets Tulsa in First Four
The East region is still looking for a No. 11 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Michigan Wolverines and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane clash on Wednesday in Dayton for a chance to claim that spot, with the winner going on to face Notre Dame in Brooklyn.
Michigan made it to the Big Ten semifinals where they were dumped by Purdue. Meanwhile, Tulsa was eliminated in the AAC (American Athletic Conference) quarterfinals by Memphis. The Wolverines are 148th in points scored while the Golden Hurricane are 152nd, so this could be a low-scoring affair. This is the first meeting ever for the Wolverines and Golden Hurricane.