Wednesday, April 17

Michigan basketball beats Colorado State, 75-63

INDIANAPOLIS — The chant erupted with 68 seconds remaining. It echoed from all corners of Gainbridge Fieldhouse  — “Go Blue! Go Blue!” — as smatterings of maize and blue supporters banded together in appreciation of the turnaround Michigan basketball authored.  

Seven days ago, the Wolverines took the floor in the same building for another lunchtime matinee in the second round of the Big Ten tournament. They controlled that game for 30 minutes before capitulating in a very public, very jaw-dropping collapse that threatened their NCAA tournament chances.  

But coach Juwan Howard and his team were given a second chance, the opportunity to return to Indianapolis as an 11-seed in the South Region against sixth-seeded Colorado State. They had one more game to prove five months of turbulence during the 2021-22 season — which began with Michigan ranked in the top 10 and included a five-game suspension for Howard — wouldn’t be defined by abject underachievement.  

Michigan center Hunter Dickinson celebrates with teammate Frankie Collins, right, during the second half in the first round game of the NCAA tournament on Thursday, March 17, 2022, in Indianapolis.

The Wolverines rewrote the script from last week’s collapse against Indiana to erase a 15-point deficit to Colorado State with a smothering, come-from-behind 75-63 win that propelled Michigan to the Round of 32, where it will face the winner of Tennessee and Longwood. Howard’s team forced six turnovers after the break and held the Rams to 29% shooting in the second half to extend its season.  

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