Michigan senior Zak Irvin sizes up Louisville ahead of round of 32 match-up Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Michigan senior Zak Irvin sizes up Louisville ahead of round of 32 match-up Sunday afternoon in Indianapolis.

For Zak Irvin, Sunday afternoon's round of 32 battle with Louisville could be the senior's last as a member of the Michigan basketball program.

Irvin though, along with fellow senior Derrick Walton Jr., have other ideas in mind beyond a bus trip to Indianapolis.

"Derrick and I being roommates, we've had a lot of opportunities to talk about basketball and life and we realized this is our last season together," Irvin said Saturday.

"I think we just want to be able to make the most of it. We've done that so far. The Big Ten tournament was a huge accomplishment for us but we didn't want to be satisfied with that and it was good for us to beat Oklahoma State."

Over the last two months of the season, the Wolverines have looked like a different team.

Always able to provide consistent and efficient offense, Michigan needed to add an intensity on the defensive end that didn't seem to exist for most of the year.

A loss at home to Ohio State helped alter that mindset for good, and Michigan has surged ever since.

"It really hit home for us," Irvin said. "It was tough to be able to lose on our home court, especially against them. Not discrediting them or anything but I knew defensively we had to make changes.

"We knew it was there but our defense was lacking and once we made that adjustment, things changed."

While Oklahoma State was the most efficient offensive basketball team in the country, Louisville comes in known for it's defensive pressure, a staple under coach Rick Pitino throughout his career.

After allowing 91-points and 16 offensive rebounds to the Cowboys, the Wolverines understand the Cardinals will provide a different type of test.

"We got to win the glass," Irvin said. "They're so long and athletic, the way they're just able to disrupt people's offense with the press and once they get into the half court, those will be huge keys of emphasis for us."


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