UofM & MSU advance to Elite Eight - WNEM TV 5

UofM & MSU advance to Elite Eight

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP/WNEM) -

The NCAA men's regional finals are set following Friday night's action. Second seed Michigan will take on No. 8 Kentucky in the Midwest final at Indianapolis. Fourth seed Michigan State will battle No. 7 Connecticut in the East at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Jordan Morgan scored 15 points and Nik Stauskas had 14 as the Wolverines held off No. 11 Tennessee 73-71. Michigan led by 15 with 11 minutes left, but the Vols pulled within 72-71 before Jarnell Stokes was called for an offensive foul with six seconds left. Stauskas then made one of two free throws before Tennessee missed on a desperation heave at the buzzer.

The Spartans knocked off the top seed in the East, earning a 61-59 win over Virginia. Branden Dawson had team highs of 24 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State, while Adreian Payne added 16 points and six boards.

Michigan State overcame a horrible start to the second half and then withstood a late run by the Cavaliers to advance to the regional finals for the eighth time under head coach Tom Izzo since 1985.

MSU and Connecticut will hit the court first in the early game Sunday afternoon. Then, Michigan will take on Kentucky in the Midwest regional final. Both games will be broadcast on WNEM TV 5.

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