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NCAA Tournament Recap: Texas A&M falls to Michigan 99-72

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The Wolverines buried us under an avalanche of threes. This one was never close.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional-Texas A&M vs Michigan Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

What a disaster.

The Wolverines played 40 minutes of perfect offensive basketball, and our offensive possessions quickly became an exercise in damage control.

We were flat run off the court.

Let’s break it down.

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It’s Raining Threes

Michigan jumped out to a 12-4 lead, then Robert Williams mega-dunked and mean mugged the Michigan bench to cut it to 12-6. Momentum, right? Not exactly.

The Wolverines responded with a 30-12 run to push the lead to 42-18 and murderpunt our hopes out of the stadium. The threes kept falling, and there was nothing we could do to stop them. The lead actually hit 29 at one point, before a mini-run made the score slightly better at the break.

Halftime Score: Michigan 52, Texas A&M 28

No Comeback To Be Had

The second half was completely devoid of any last-ditch comeback. There was effort, sure. Particularly on offense. And even some (admittedly too late) trapping and full court pressure. But none of it mattered, because the Wolverines were playing the offensive game of their lives.

The barrage of threes continued, and we were all stuck watching an extended garbage time session in the biggest game of the year.

Final Score: Michigan 99, Texas A&M 72

Box Score

So, What Happened

In our game preview, we told you this was going to be a clash of styles where the first team to impose their will would prevail. From the opening tip, Michigan did exactly that. They spread the floor, they ran high-motion sets designed to run our bigger team ragged, and they had a team of hot shooters ready to capitalize on even the smallest mistake.

We were able to make them pay for their guard-heavy lineup in small doses... but it was nothing compared to the ‘death by a thousand cuts’ we were dealt on the other end. Michigan did an excellent, excellent job putting our big men in awkward situations 25 feet from the basket.

Additional individual notes

  • Davis was great offensively (24 points, 11-17 FG, 8 rebounds). His defensive shortcomings weren’t an effort issue... he was just placed in a matchup nightmare.
  • Starks... was not great. He referred to himself as ‘unguardable’ during the pregame buildup, and he followed that statement up with an absolute dud (5 points, 2-11 shooting, 1 assist, 5 turnovers). He was a huge part of why we made it this far, but he flat didn’t have it on either end tonight.
  • Shield your eyes from these Michigan shooting percentages - 62% from the floor, 58% from 3PT, 88% FT. Perfection at every level.

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Y’all, it’s been an interesting ride.

When I think about the ebb and flow of these 35 games, the last two sum it up nicely. We never knew what we were getting on any particular night, but the ceiling was so high that most of us were willing to stick around and see how the season played out. We were rewarded with a performance for the ages against UNC, but we ultimately met our end tonight against a team that flat out wasn’t losing to anyone.

A sincere thank you to everyone who has followed our basketball coverage all year.

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