Sweet 16 : Texas A&M vs. Michigan – Preview and Prediction
The Sweet Sixteen in the NCAA Tournament is here. The Michigan Wolverines have become better and better with age. They have literally grown up right before our very eyes. The transformation has been stunning. Don’t misunderstand, they are not blowing opponents away.
They are doing just enough to get the win. That is what matters in the NCAA Tournament; one and done.
This tournament is win or go home, give it everything or go home, and so far that’s exactly what Michigan’s opponents are doing. They are going home. What’s more impressive is the run Michigan is on. The way they beat Purdue in the Big 10 Tournament and the heart they are playing with.
This team is for real and they have found some serious defense to go with.
Texas A&M has advanced to the Sweet 16 on sheer attitude and literally, with a chip on their shoulder. Getting past the defending champion Tar Heels was a very big deal. Possibly a bigger deal then they are getting credit for. Let’s take it a step further and say this was the biggest win in program history.
This is their second trip to the Sweet 16 in two years. Never with a win like the one against the Tar Heels.
“It means a lot here in my senior year,” Tonny Trocha-Morelos said.” I wanted to do something with the young guys and it’s a great feeling. I talked to the freshmen — there’s nothing better than winning a game in the NCAA Tournament. So it’s a really good feeling to keep dancing.”
T.J. Starks has broken out for the Aggies. As the season has progressed, he has become their top scorer and go to guy.
“I’m just trying to get us a win every game, that is what I’m here for,” Starks said. “I got recruited to help us win so that’s all I’m trying to do.”
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Michigan has come into their ow. They come into the Sweet 16 as the highest seed in the left side of the bracket. Four players scored in double figure in the second round victory. They are playing as a unit and gelling at the right time. They will be dangerous going forward.
“I was thinking about how many great moments I’ve had in the past three years here, and this one is definitely up there, chasing Jordan Poole around the court — who would have thought,” Moritz Wagner said. “The way we played and having this outcome, very proud of this team. And very, very happy.”
“We’re doing some things that (are uncharacteristic), we’ve got to address them and get better at them,” Michigan coach John Beilein said after Saturday’s win.
“We’ve only lost seven games. But in those seven losses we did things that just don’t make sense, they’re not characteristic. We got into foul trouble again (Saturday), had some bad turnovers. We’ve got to shake out some of those things and get better.”
Prediction: Michigan 81 Texas A&M 74
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