Julian Edelman

Tipping Off: Michigan talked Super Bowl on way to Sweet 16

When Michigan was slumping earlier in the season, the coach started thinking Super Bowl, not Final Four.

John Beilein conjured up the highlight-reel catch that Patriots receiver Julian Edelman made during New England's game-tying drive in the Super Bowl, and said the Wolverines should keep that sort of play — an outlier, as he called it — in mind.

"The point with the Super Bowl catch was that Edelman, he willed that catch," Beilein said Wednesday. "We have to will stuff to happen. You have to work hard. I really stressed the outlier things, too."

Michigan's road from the bubble to the Sweet 16 continues Thursday night with a game against...