The Michigan Wolverines and Montana Grizzlies men’s basketball teams meet in a first-round game in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 15 at INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. Find the score, live updates, stats and more below.
Michigan-Montana basketball: Live updates, stats
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Michigan-Montana basketball: Time, game information
Michigan and Montana play at 10:26 p.m. ET Thursday on March 15, 2018.
- Time: 10:26 p.m. ET.
- Date: Thursday, March 15, 2018
- Location: INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.
- TV channel: TBS
How can I watch the Michigan-Montana game online?
The Michigan-Montana game can be watched online on TBS.com.
How can I listen to the Michigan-Montana game on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 145, XM 203 and Internet 964.
Michigan-Montana basketball preview
The Michigan men’s basketball team opens the NCAA Tournament Thursday night against Montana. The Wolverines are the No. 3 seed in the West Region, and are No. 7 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll. They enter the NCAA Tournament on a nine-game winning streak and are the two-time Big Ten Tournament champions.
Many regard Michigan as an unstoppable team as it makes its eighth NCAA Tournament appearance in John Beilein’s 11 seasons as coach. Michigan also earned its third straight NCAA Tournament berth, and did it in some dramatic fashion.
The Wolverines staved off elimination from the Big Ten Tournament on March 1 with a 77-71 overtime win against Iowa, despite losing its top two players to foul trouble late in the game. Then the Wolverines defeated Michigan State and Purdue to win its second straight Big Ten Tournament title.
Forward Moritz Wagner leads the Wolverines with 14.5 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game, while guards Charles Matthews and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman each average 12.6 points per game.
The Wolverines also enter the NCAA Tournament as one of the nation’s top defensive teams, at No. 9, allowing 63.5 points per game.
The Wolverines have had 11 days off between the Big Ten Tournament title game on March 4 and its NCAA Tournament opener Thursday night. The Wolverines have kept themselves occupied during the down time, including a pair of intrasquad scrimmages that Beilein called “chippy.”
Beilein said Sunday that he knows nothing about Montana, which makes its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2013 and its 11th in program history.
The Grizzlies went undefeated at home this season in Missoula, and won the Big Sky Conference championship Saturday with an 82-65 win against Eastern Washington in Reno, Nev.
Junior guard Ahmaad Rorie leads the Grizzlies with 17.2 points per game, while junior guard Michael Oguine is second with 15.8 points per game and redshirt junior forward Jamar Akoh averages 13.1. Oguine is the Big Sky defensive player of the year, and is part of a rotation that is heavy on upperclassmen.
Montana went undefeated at home in 2017-2018. Its nonconference schedule included a win at Pitt in November, and losses at Penn State, Stanford and Washington.
The Michigan-Montana winner faces either No. 6 Houston or No. 11 San Diego State in the second round Saturday in Wichita.
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