Toronto's Nik Stauskas into NCAA's Elite Eight

Nik Stauskas of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after a three-point shot against the Texas...

Nik Stauskas of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates after a three-point shot against the Texas Longhorns during the NCAA's March Madness tournament last week. (Mike McGinnis/Getty Images/AFP)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:45 AM ET

Nik Stauskas and Michigan just managed to slip into the Elite Eight on Friday night.

All the good work turned in during an impeccable first half for the Wolverines nearly completely unraveled late, but the team hung on to pull off a 73-71 win.

Tennessee just about wiped out a 15-point deficit, chipping away, getting it down to five with 1:56 remaining and then just three with 23 seconds left after a jumper by Josh Richardson.

Fouls and we’re done from there right? Wrong, a horrid turnover by the Wolverines allowed the Volunteers to get another layup and close within a point. After Caris Levert stepped on the line while Michigan tried to execute an in-bound, Tennessee stunningly had a chance to take the lead, but Jordan Morgan drew a questionable charge on Jarnell Stokes and Stauskas, the Mississauga-born conference player of the year, hit the front end of a 1-and-1 from the line with three seconds left, allowing No. 2 Michigan to escape against the Volunteers, a No. 11 seed that had earlier knocked out UMass and Mercer.


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