The Final Two of the First Four got Played Last Night

Robert Champion scored 19 points, including a key 3-pointer in the final minute, to help Holy Cross beat Southern University 59-55 for its first NCAA Tournament victory in 63 years.

At 15-19, Holy Cross is an unlikely NCAA participant. Holy Cross earned its automatic bid by winning four straight road games to take the Patriot League Tournament title. Now, the 16th-seeded Crusaders advance to play No. 1 seed Oregon in the West Regional on Friday in Spokane, Washington.

In the second play-in game, Zak Irvin hit a go-ahead 3-pointer and a pair of free throws in the closing minute as Michigan pulled out another one at the end by beating Tulsa 67-62 in the First Four.

The 23-12 Wolverines made the leap from bubble team to the NCAA Tournament with their last-second drama. They hit a pair of end-game shots for wins in the Big Ten Tournament, including one by Irvin that beat Northwestern.

Now the 11th-seeded Wolverines are heading for a matchup against rival Notre Dame in Brooklyn on Friday night.