In their opening game of the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the No. 2 seeded team in the Midwest region, the Michigan Wolverines, rolled over No. 15 seeded Wofford. The highly undervalued team put up much more of a fight than most expected, but Michigan pulled off the win to advance to the round of 32 where they will face the No. 7 seeded Texas Longhorns.
The Longhorns needed a buzzer-beater by Cameron Ridley to defeat the No. 10 seeded Arizona State Sun Devils, but will be pleased to see that their team can handle adversity. Texas showed a lot of talent in their win over ASU and have already proven that they aren’t just a mid-range team from the Big 12.
What to Watch For:
Nik Stauskas had an off night for the Wolverines early on, but Michigan should expect him to start off positive against Texas and score more often. Texas’ Jonathan Holmes, who was 0 – 3 from three point range against ASU, must hit his three pointers if the Longhorns are to pull off the upset. Remember, the Longhorns are one of the best rebounding teams in college basketball, and the Wolverines aren’t even in the top 300.
Michigan is clearly the better team in this match-up. The Wolverines have the better players and the better coach, but most of the time advancing in the NCAA Tournament comes down to match-ups. Texas will outrebound Michigan, and Holmes should have a much better night from range. Expect the Longhorns to pull off the upset in another thriller.
Texas 72, Michigan 68