MILWAUKEE — No. 7 seed Texas simply couldn’t withstand Michigan’s incredible 3-point barrage Saturday and lost 79-65 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The overachieving Longhorns, who many thought wouldn’t even get this far, finished with year with a 24-11 record. No. 2 seed Michigan advanced to the Midwest Region semifinals in Indianapolis.
Texas’ Isaiah Taylor finished with 22 points and Martez Walker had 14. But Michigan had four players in double figures, with Nik Stauskas leading the way with 17.
The Wolverines (27-8) sank an eye-popping 14 of 28 3-pointers inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center and shot 44.4 percent for the game as a whole.
The game had an odd start with no whistles stopping play until almost nine minutes went off the clock. Texas took a 6-3 lead, but Michigan finally got going on Stauskas’ 3-pointer. Next thing the Longhorns knew, Jordan Morgan threw down a dunk and Glenn Robinson III hit a 3-pointer to give the Wolverines a 16-10 lead.
From there, Michigan’s lead grew to 13 by halftime. The Longhorns got within six with Taylor hit a running floater in the lane with 7:59 remaining. But Robinson scored over Texas’ 6-foot-9 Cam Ridley on a fantastic drive and then again on a 3-pointer.
By that point, Texas coach Rick Barnes could barely watch as the Longhorns couldn’t get any lucky bounces. Texas’ zone defense forced a would-be turnover out of Jordan Morgan’s hands. Only Morgan grabbed the loose ball and had an easy dunk.
Then, Barnes just punched the air and turned around when Michigan’s Caris LeVert got the ball with an open look on the left wing. He didn’t event want to watch. LeVert swished a 3-pointer that gave Michigan a 71-60 lead.
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