Michigan beats Texas, advances to Sweet Sixteen

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Dustin Johnston

MILWAUKEE — Michigan defeated Texas 79-65  in the round of 32 to move on to the Sweet Sixteen for the second straight year.

The Wolverines were white-hot in the first half and for a while it looked like they would run away with this one. The 13-point lead at halftime belied a dominant stanza of basketball for Michigan.

But in the second half, Texas came back on the strength of its offensive rebounding and strong zone defense. The Longhorns rebounded over half of their misses in the game and were grabbing every miss in sight. Texas cut the deficit to six points midway through the second half, but it would never get closer than that.

Michigan found just enough offense to seal the game down the stretch, with key contributions from Glenn Robinson III, Jordan Morgan and Caris LeVert late in the game to keep the Longhorns at bay.

After a couple of fairly dominant performances in Milwaukee, Michigan will continue its season next week in Indianapolis on Friday against either Mercer or Tennessee.

  • Sunny 42

    It’s great to be a Michigan wolverine

  • MGoTweeter

    How sweet it is! Congrats team great job!

  • Bigrange

    Welcome back to Indiana and Indianapolis. Great job tsaking care of business and not letting the Texas size take over.

  • jemblue

    Back to back double-doubles for JMo. 15 and 10 today against that huge front line. What a leader he’s turned into.

    • Chezaroo

      All that’s good about college basketball!!!

  • Bigrange

    Congrats to Coach Beilein on his 700th win!! Hope he ends the season with 704.

  • gobluemd16

    HOW SWEET IT IS! See you in Indy! If you had told me they would have gotten 21 O rebs, I would be mighty fearful for the game we were about to see, but we got it done! Sweet 16 again and Beilein with 700 wins, GO BLUE

  • Greg

    You know, for how good Texas is at rebounding I think Michigan did a really good job on the glass tonight. They really battled in there and got some big rebounds, a couple of which should’ve been Texas points. Good win. Go Blue!

    • jemblue

      I thought we were fantastic on the glass in the first half, but got a little ragged in the second. But Texas does that to most teams.

  • Jason Greenwood

    I think it was a 6 point margin at one point, FYI (58-52?)