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  • INDIANAPOLIS -- Michigan coach John Beilein had watched his team blow almost all of a 15-point lead, and he was sure he knew how Tennessee would try to take the lead. Dashon Goldson Youth Jersey . With 6 seconds left and trailing 72-71, Cuonzo Martin would probably send the ball into Jarnell Stokes, who would try to back into the post or drive. Beilein urged his defenders to buckle down and keep Stokes away from the rim. Jordan Morgan, who scored 15 points, heeded his coachs advice and stood his ground until Stokes lowered his shoulder. The senior forward immediately crashed to the floor -- perhaps embellishing the contact -- but drawing the call that saved the game for Michigan and infuriated Tennessees "Rocky Top" contingent. Big Ten player of the year Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., made a late free throw and nobody was more relieved than Beilein when Jordan McRaes 70-foot heave fell harmlessly to the floor as the buzzer sounded on a 73-71 Michigan victory. "We got just enough stops," Beilein said. Tennessee thought they got one stop unfairly. "With the magnitude of this game, I dont think you could call a charge at that point," McRae said dejectedly after scoring 24 points. But the officials did call it, allowing Michigan to reach a second straight regional final. The Wolverines (28-8) have won 10 of their last 11, none as tenuous or excruciating as this one to set up a Sunday showdown against eighth-seeded Kentucky, the 2012 national champion. The Wildcats won 74-69 over fourth-seeded Louisville, which beat Michigan in last years national championship game. Tennessee almost pulled off one of the most stunning comebacks in recent regional memory. With 10:55 to go, Spike Albrechts layup gave Michigan a seemingly insurmountable 60-45 lead. When Stauskas made the last of his three 3-pointers with 3:40 to go, the Wolverines still led 70-60. Stauskas finished with 14 points. For some reason, Michigan went into panic mode and, just two weeks after nearly blowing two big leads in the Big Ten tournament, they nearly threw this one away. The Volunteers staunch defence limited Michigan to just one basket over the final 3:40 and forced four turnovers in the final 97 seconds to give themselves a chance in the closing seconds. "I dont think I fouled him," said Stokes, who had 11 points and six rebounds after two straight double-doubles. "But it was a smart play for him to try to take the charge. He pretty much anticipated it." Just as Beilein had predicted. For most of the night, Michigan relied on its shooting stars to stay in control against a defence that had allowed just 54.0 points in its previous eight games. The Wolverines took a 13-point lead in the first half and still led 45-34 at halftime because they were shooting 61.5 per cent from the field and made 7 of 9 on 3-pointers. Michigan didnt slow down early in the second half, either, taking the biggest lead of the game at 60-45. But somehow Tennessee played itself right back into the game. The 11th-seeeded Vols, who had a first-round game in overtime at Dayton, Ohio, just to start their surprising post-season run, cut the deficit to 62-56 with 6:45 left. They got within 72-67 when McRae completed a three-point play with 1:56 to go. They made it 72-69 when Josh Richardson scored the last of his 19 points on a layup with 24.6 seconds left. McRaes layup following another Michigan turnover made it 72-71 with 10.8 seconds remaining. So when the officials ruled Michigans Caris LeVert caught the ball with one foot on the baseline and 9.6 seconds left, Martin made the smart call by giving Stokes a chance to win it with a basket or draw the foul. "We got the ball to Jarnell. Jordan set a screen for him to get him right to isolate him, attack him in the middle," Martin explained. "Obviously we got the ball where we wanted." However, the call went against them. "We heard all week about they had mismatches and how we couldnt guard them inside," Morgan said after letting out a scream at the end. "Were not really soft around here. Thats not who we are." Robert Griffin III Youth Jersey . "Honestly, we almost ran out of baseballs," manager Matt Williams said. "Between he and Wilson (Ramos), whoever gets in the park first today and goes to the outfield will have lots of souvenirs. Kai Forbath Youth Jersey . Langer appeared to be in trouble when his second shot on the par-5 18th ended up in the rough short of the green. He hit a brilliant pitch to 5 feet and made the putt after Slumans birdie attempt rolled just wide.(SportsNetwork.com) - The Montreal Canadiens will try to complete a four-game road trip with a third straight victory when they visit the Winnipeg Jets for Tuesdays clash at MTS Centre. Viewers in the Canadiens and Jets region can watch the game starting at 8pm et/7pm ct. You can also listen to the game on TSN 690 in Montreal, TSN 1290 in Winnipeg, and nationally at TSN.ca. The Canadiens will welcome back captain Brian Gionta for the game after the captains one-game absence for personal reasons. In other Habs roster notes, Daniel Briere will likely drop to the fourth line after practicing there on Monday.  The Canadiens began their current swing with a 3-2 regulation loss in Calgary, but have responded with consecutive victories in Edmonton and Vancouver. Both wins came by identical 4-1 scores. After downing the Oilers on Thursday, Montreal recorded its second straight 4-1 win Saturday against the Canucks. Max Pacioretty started the scoring early in the first period for the Canadiens, who will open a five-game homestand when they play their next game this Thursday against Columbus. Lars Eller tallied his fifth goal of the season, while Tomas Plekanec and Josh Gorges also lit the lamp for the Canadiens. Carey Price turned aside 39 shots for Montreal. "We played an excellent third period, our special teams played really well, we blocked a ton of shots...it was a complete effort by everybody," Price said. Ellers game-winning goal was an odd one to say the least. Vancouver defenseman Dan Hamhuis misplayed the puck behind the net and it went on to bounce off botth of Roberto Luongos skates and into the net. Sean Taylor Redskins Jersey. Eller was the only Montreal player close to the net and he was credited with a short-handed goal that gave the Habs a 2-1 lead. While Montreal attempts to end its current road trip on a positive note, the Jets hope to keep heading in the right direction on the clubs current six- game road trip. Winnipeg lost its third straight regulation game in the opener of this homestand, a 4-1 setback against Dallas on Friday, but rebounded with Sundays 3-0 victory over the winless New Jersey Devils. Al Montoya turned aside all 24 shots he faced in his season debut, backstopping the Jets to their first win since the second game of the season. Ondrej Pavelec started the first five games of the season before getting a breather on Sunday. Despite Montoyas strong showing on Monday, Pavelec expects to get the start tonight. Evander Kane scored two goals on Sunday for Winnipeg, while Michael Frolik added a pair of assists. "I take it upon myself to be one of the leaders in this room and on the ice," Kane said. "Whatever area I feel I need to lead in, whatever the situation is in the game I want to do that and I try to do that as much as I can." After Tuesdays tilt, the Jets will close this homestand with games against St. Louis, Nashville and Washington. The Canadiens have won five straight and eight of the last nine meetings with the Jets franchise. Montreal also has taken two of three in Winnipeg since the Jets relocated from Atlanta and the Habs have won three of the past four road meetings in this series overall. cheap nfl jerseys cheap jerseys cheap jerseys cheap nfl jerseys wholesale jerseys ' ' '