No. 2 seed Michigan takes on No. 7 Texas with a berth in the Sweet 16 on the line. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Follow Geoff Robinson on our blog as he provides live game updates.
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Caris LeVert knocked down a 3-pointer with 2:40 left to play to push the Wolverines’ lead to 11 and end Texas’ comeback bid.
Michigan is moving on to the Sweet 16 after a convincing 79-65 victory.
Jordan Morgan played a great game, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Nik Stauskas had a team-high 16 points and eight assists, and Glenn Robinson III and LeVert scored 14 each for the maize and blue. It was truly a team effort as Michigan used a big first half to get out in front by as many as 18 points and didn’t allow a Longhorns second-half push to phase them down the stretch. Texas never got closer than eight points and the Wolverines made the big plays when they were needed most.
Texas dominated on the boards, especially in the second half. Rebounding was a big Longhorns advantage coming into the match up and they used their size to hang around with the Wolverines. On the night, Texas out-rebounded Michigan 41-30.
Isaiah Taylor led the way for the Longhorns with 22 points.
Spike Albrecht hit a 3-pointer to push the Michigan lead back to 12 before two Texas free throws brought it back to ten.
The Wolverines weren’t exactly smooth on offense after that, but they grabbed three offensive rebounds on one possession and finished it off with a Jordan Morgan dunk.
Texas answered with a dunk of its own, but at this point, trading buckets doesn’t help the Longhorns’ cause.
Michigan leads 68-58 with 3:52 left to play.
Glenn Robinson III is showing up when his team needs him the most. After Texas cut the Michigan lead down to six, Robinson hit a bank shot on a nice drive to the rim and then knocked down a 3-pointer the next time down the floor.
Michigan leads 63-52 with 6:32 left to play. Robinson has 14 points on the night.
The Longhorns cut the Wolverines’ lead to single-digits for the first time since early in the first half with a 13-3 run over a six-minute span, but two Glenn Robinson III free throws put Michigan back up by 11.
The Wolverines seem to have lost a little bit of their edge. Texas’ advantage entering the game was on the boards, but Michigan held its own until the second half. The Longhorns are out-rebounding the Wolverines 34-24.
The Michigan lead is back in single-digits at 58-50 with 8:27 left to play.
Nik Stauskas knocked down a big 3-pointer for Michigan to put an end to an 8-0 Texas run, but the Longhorns aren’t going away. Texas has 15 offensive rebounds that are leading to second-chance points.
Michigan leads 56-45 with 10:38 left to play.
Stauskas has 14 points to lead the way for the Wolverines.
The Wolverines have controlled the game, but the Longhorns are starting to get to the rim and score some easy buckets.
Isaiah Taylor has a game-high 16 points for Texas.
Michigan needs to avoid losing its concentration. They need to hit some shots and avoid silly turnovers. If they don’t, the Longhorns could make things interesting down the stretch.
The Wolverines are up 53-43 with 11:55 left in the game.
The Wolverines have picked up right where they left off against Texas, scoring easily even as the Longhorns switched to a 2-3 zone defense.
Derrick Walton Jr. knocked down his first 3-pointer of the night and Nik Stauskas found Jordan Morgan for an easy dunk to stretch the lead back to 16. Javan Felix knocked down his second 3-pointer of the night to cut the Michigan lead back down to 13, but Walton Jr. came right back down the floor and hit another from beyond the arc.
The Wolverines lead 51-35 with 17:12 left to play.
The Wolverines are in the zone. They’ve knocked down eight of 15 3-point attempts and lead the Longhorns 43-30 at the half.
Overall, Michigan is shooting 53% from the field. Texas is 2-for-3 from beyond the arc, but they’re going to have to hit quite a few more if they want to get back into this game.
There were a few worries coming into the game that Michigan would have trouble handling Texas’ size down low, but they’ve negated the Longhorns’ inside game by taking advantage of their own size in the backcourt. The Wolverines have been able to get off just about any shot they want, and that has opened up the lane as Texas tries to close out on the shooters.
The lead should be bigger than 13, but Texas was able to score the only four points of the final minute.
Caris LeVert has 11 points to lead the way for the Wolverines. Nik Stauskas has nine and Jordan Morgan has eight.
Isaiah Taylor has 12 points to pace Texas, which doesn’t have another player with more than five.
The Longhorns are not a good outside shooting team, and that doesn’t bode well for them going forward as they try to comeback from a big deficit. The Wolverines have put Texas in a hole that is going to be tough to climb out of.
Michigan is 7-for-13 from 3-point land, and they lead Texas 34-18 with 3:53 left in the first half.
The Wolverines hot shooting is starting to open up the lane and the offense is having its way with Texas, going on a 23-6 run over a seven-minute span.
On the other side of the ball, Texas hasn’t made anything from outside of the lane. They’ve only attempted one 3-point shot so far.
Michigan leads 27-12 with 7:42 left in the first half.
Nik Stauskas is starting to play like the Big Ten player of the year and the rest of the team is following his lead. The Wolverines look a lot more comfortable on the offensive end than they did against Wofford on Thursday night.
Stauskas has nine points. He’s 3-for-5 from the field, and 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Texas players look a little gassed as this game is being played at a frantic pace. Michigan is leading 21-10 with 10:35 to play in the first half.
The shots are starting to fall for the Wolverines, who were missing some open shots early but seem to have settled in. They’ve taken eight 3-pointers already and made four.
Michigan went on a 10-0 run after the game was tied at six. Texas finally ended that run, but the Wolverines lead 16-10 with 11:25 left in the first half.
Michigan is 6-for-13 from the field, and Texas is 5-for-15.
The Wolverines and Longhorns have tipped off. Nik Stauskas opened the scoring with a 3-pointer from the top of the key, but Texas answered with two straight baskets. Texas seems like they want to get the ball inside, while Michigan is definitely trying to get its looks from outside.
The game is tied 6-6 with 15:03 remaining in the first half. Both Michigan buckets have been Stauskas 3-pointers.
The Wolverines are prepared to do battle with the Texas Longhorns tonight in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and if they want to advance to the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive season, they’re going to have to play to their strengths.
Nik Stauskas, Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III are match up nightmares for a small Texas back court. The trio of long wing players should be able to shoot over the Longhorns’ guards and knock down jumpers with regularity.
Where Michigan could get into trouble, though, is if they don’t commit to rebounding the ball on the defensive end. Texas isn’t a very good shooting team, but they have size and can create opportunities for second-chance points by creating havoc on the offensive boards.
It should be a good match up, but if the Wolverines are on their game, they should find themselves dancing into next weekend.
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