Michigan secured a spot in the 2018 NCAA Tournament‘s Sweet 16 with a win over Houston on Saturday. The Wolverines’ opponent will be Texas A&M, which defeated North Carolina on Sunday.
The Wolverines haven’t played the Aggies since December of 1962, when Michigan came out with a 82-79 win.
Michigan’s here because of a thrilling, last-second win in the second round. Jordan Poole hit a long 3-pointer as time expired to give the Wolverines a March Madness moment they won’t soon forget. Texas A&M’s win was arguably as shocking, but it didn’t come with any last-minute drama. The Aggies crushed North Carolina in an 86-65 game. It wasn’t close:
The Aggies meanwhile connected on 10-of-24 3-pointers and once again did damage in the paint with the duo of Williams and Tyler Davis. After combining for 27 points and 29 rebounds against Providence in the first round, the pair combined for 26 and 23 this time around along with 5 blocks. Davis finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds while Williams had 8 points and 13 rebounds. The Aggies also got double-digit outputs from Admon Gilder, D.J. Hogg and TJ Starks, who led the Aggies with 19 points.
North Carolina had played in the last 2 national title games, winning in 2017 and then losing in 2016 to Villanova. Texas A&M by comparison didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament last season. Pedigree says that North Carolina should’ve won the game but Texas a&M was just flat out better in every facet on Sunday.
The game time and TV channel have not yet been released, but it will take place on Thursday in Los Angeles.