Michigan crushes Texas A&M, advances to Elite 8
Written by Matt Pargoff   


The Wolverines advanced past the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament despite suffering from lackluster offensive performances. That wasn’t a problem in Thursday evening’s Sweet 16 matchup with Texas A&M. Michigan came out on fire from long range early, quickly pulling away and cruising to a 99-72 victory.

The Wolverines made 14 three pointers, tied for the second most in program history in the tournament, with eight players hitting at least one from beyond the arc, setting a new U-M record.

Draining shots early and often while forcing turnovers on the defensive end, Michigan pulled ahead by as many as 29 points in the first half, holding off any major runs from the Aggies after the break.

Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the way for the Maize and Blue with 24 points, while Moritz Wagner had 21, Charles Matthews 18, Zavier Simpson 11 and Duncan Robinson 10. Abdur-Rahkman had seven assists, while Simpson had five assists and six steals.

Michigan's 99 points was most scored by a U-M team in the tournament since 1992.

Improving to 31-9 on the season, the Wolverines advance to the Elite 8 for the third time in six years, where they will face the winner of Florida State-Gonzaga on Saturday.


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