The No. 3-seeded Michigan Wolverines and No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies basketball teams meet in a Sweet 16 West Regional semifinal in the 2018 NCAA Tournament on Thursday, March 22. Find the score, live updates, stats and more below.
The winner advances to the Elite Eight on Saturday.
Michigan-Texas A&M basketball score: Updates, stats from 2018 NCAA Tournament
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Here are the final stats:
Domination complete. Michigan moves on to Elite Eight with 99-72 win over Texas A&M. The stats… pic.twitter.com/huKAifYPxW
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Final: Michigan 99, Texas A&M 72 (0:00, 2H): The Wolverines are headed to the elite eight on Saturday.
Michigan 92, Texas A&M 68, (2:00, 2H): Some starters are out as Michigan is surely through in this one. Now all that’s left to see is if they’ll crack 100 points.
Michigan 88, Texas A&M 67, (3:01, 2H): Wagner threw down a dunk and and the Aggies responded with a couple of buckets but the Wolverines are trying to keep this one out of reach down the stretch.
Michigan 85, Texas A&M 61, (4:47, 2H): Texas A&M “narrowed” the gap to less than 20 points, at 79-61, but Abdur-Rahkman hit yet another 3-pointer with less than 5 1/2 minutes left to stretch the lead to 82-61.
Michigan 79, Texas A&M 57 (7:11, 2H): Michigan now has five players in double figures in scoring, paced by Wagner and Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rakhman, who each have 19 points. Michigan has led by as many as 28 points in the second half.
Michigan 73, Texas A&M 50 (11:02, 2H): The rout continues. Michigan has cooled a bit on its 3-point shooting, with only two so far in the second half, but the Wolverines also have 10 steals in the game and have forced Texas A&M into making 12 turnovers.
Michigan 66, Texas A&M 41 (14:42, 2H): Michigan has maintained an ample lead as both teams go into a media timeout. Wagner leads the Wolverines with 19 points and is one of four Wolverines in double figures in scoring.
Michigan 60, Texas A&M 32 (18:09, 2H): Moritz Wagner has scored five points early in the second half (he has 19 in the first 22 minutes) including a 3-pointer, to help the Wolverines to a lead of nearly 30 points.
Halftime: Michigan 52, Texas A&M 28. The Aggies have struggled to create anything under the basket, and Michigan ran away in the first half on account of its 3-point shooting. The Wolverines went 10-for-16 in the first half, as seven different players hit 3-pointers. However, Texas A&M guard T.J. Starks hit a 3-pointer just before the half to cut Michigan’s lead to 14.
Michigan 42, Texas A&M 18 (5:21, 1H): It might be safe to say that the rout is already on, after Moritz Wagner hit a 3-pointer to give Michigan a lead of 24 points. That’s eight 3-pointers for the Wolverines, who have paralyzed the Aggies on their perimeter defense and on their inside presence.
Michigan 33, Texas A&M 12 (8:26, 1H): Michigan went on a lengthy run to build a lead of as many as 17 points, and continues to hit 3-pointers — the Wolverines are 7 for 10 from behind the arc, as seven different players have hit 3-pointers.
Michigan 19, Texas A&M 6 (12:07, 1H): Michigan has built a 13-point lead on rebounding (nine so far) and by nullifying Texas A&M’s inside presence. The Aggies are 3-for-11 from the floor and their outside shooters have struggled.
Michigan 12, Texas A&M 6 (14:53, 1H): Robert Williams comes through with a thundering dunk to cut Michigan’s lead in half. Texas A&M, however, has to establish a stronger inside game against the Wolverines.
Michigan 9, Texas A&M 2 (16:30, 1H): Michigan and Texas A&M have tipped off from Los Angeles. The Wolverines took an early 5-0 lead, on account of their outside shooting.
The game has tipped off. Moe Wagner gets the game’s first bucket on a layup.
Michigan-Texas A&M basketball: Time, game information for 2018 NCAA Tournament
Michigan and Texas A&M play at 7:37 p.m. ET Thursday on March 22, 2018.
- Time: 7:37 p.m. ET
- Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018
- Location: Staples Center, Los Angeles
- TV channel: TBS
How can I watch the Michigan-Texas A&M game online?
How can I listen to the Michigan-Texas A&M game on the radio?
The Michigan Sports Marketing Network, headed by flagship stations WWJ (950 AM) in Detroit and WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, will have the call. Matt Shepard provides the play-by-play, and Terry Mills is the analyst. The game can also be heard on Sirius 138, XM 202 and Internet 963.
Michigan-Texas A&M basketball preview
Michigan continues to win. Better yet, the Wolverines (30-7) just continue to find ways to win. They’re doing it at the right time of the season as they prepare to face Texas A&M. The Aggies (22-12) eliminated defending national champion North Carolina 86-65 on Sunday in a second-round game.
Jordan Poole’s 3-point basket as time expired Saturday night in Wichita, Kan., lifted the Wolverines to a 64-63 victory over Houston, and put Michigan in its fourth Sweet 16 in the last six seasons. The Wolverines extended their winning streak to 11 games, a run that started on Feb. 11.
Michigan is seeking its first Elite Eight appearance since 2014 but will have to go through a Texas A&M team playing much more like the team that was ranked as high as No. 5 in the national polls this season than the one that started 0-5 in the SEC.
The Wolverines have received plenty of contributions from their supporting cast, but need a full game from forward Moritz Wagner, who has averaged 8.5 points in the Wolverines’ first two NCAA Tournament games. Wagner started to find his groove in the second half Saturday against Houston and scored 10 of his 12 points in the final 20 minutes. Foul trouble has been Wagner’s biggest enemy as he picked up four in each of the Wolverines first two tournament games.
The supporting cast has carried Michigan. Wagner was one of four players to score in double figures against Houston, joining Muhammad-Ali Abdur Rahkman (12 points), Charles Matthews (11 points) and Duncan Robinson (11 points).
Matthews scored 20 points to help the Wolverines recover from an early deficit in a 61-47 win against Montana in a first-round game March 15 in Wichita.
Jon Teske also provided a solid inside presence against Houston (6 points, 4 rebounds) for the Wolverines. Michigan is very reliant on its outside shooting; the Wolverines are 13-for-46 on 3-point attempts in two NCAA Tournament games, including an 8-for-30 effort Saturday against Houston.
TJ Starks scored 21 points Sunday against North Carolina. Texas A&M outrebounded North Carolina 50-36 and blocked 8 shots by the Tar Heels.
The Aggies are expected to start five players who score in double figures: Guards Starks (10.1 points per game) and Admon Gilder (12.4 points per game), forwards DJ Hogg (11.2 points per game) and Robert Williams (10.3 points per game), and center Tyler Davis (14.6 points per game).
Michigan must counter Texas A&M’s size underneath the basket. Hogg is 6-foot-9, while Williams and Davis are 6-10, and Williams and Davis combine to average 18.3 rebounds a game. The tallest player on the Wolverines’ roster is Teske, at 7-1, while Wagner is 6-11.