Michigan (3)?rolled over?the Texas A&M (7)?Aggies by a score of 99-72.
Texas A&M came off a 21-point beat down of the 2 seed North Carolina Tar Heels. The aggies had a ton of buzz coming into this game, many touting them as too physical and long for the Wolverines.
Michigan played some of their worst basketball against Houston, but with Jordan Poole’s miracle shot, eked out a 1-point victory.
In their previous two games of the NCAA Tournament, Michigan won their games with great defense.
This game was different.
They had great defensive pressure and intensity, but they paired that with actually scoring the basketball?and they ran Texas A&M out of the gym?- who knew?
Michigan entered the locker room at half with a 24-point lead behind their 10 made three-pointers at 63 percent.
They slowed down a bit, but the Wolverines finished the game making 14 of their?24 3-pointers (58 percent).
Lock-down Zavier Simpson
Everyone has talked about it this year. Zavier Simpson has fit perfectly into this team that has made defense a focus.
In this game, Simpson was everything on defense. His 5 steals in the first half alone were enough for a career high.
A&M loves playing through their big guys, but with the pressure that Simpson and the other guards put on the ball, the Aggies were never able to get into their offense.
Player of the game – Zavier Simpson
Michigan’s point guard didn’t have as many points as 3 of his fellow starters, but he was extremely impactful in this game.
Zavier Simpson finished the game with 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 5 steals.
He was?the man on defense.
Simpson pressured A&M’s guards and forced them into even more turnovers than his 5 steals showed.
On to the Elite 8!
The Wolverines will play the winner of Florida State (9) and Gonzaga (4) who play on March 22, at 9:59 p.m. EST.