The third-round matchup between No. 2 seed Michigan and No. 8 seed Texas turned out to be what most people would have expected. What looked to be the Longhorns taking control in the early minutes became a torrential downpour from beyond the arc for the Wolverines, hitting 8-of-15 in the first half. Texas, on the other hand, couldn’t seem to get anything going offensively, nor get the ball to Cameron Ridley in the post. The combination of Michigan hitting nearly every shot they threw up and Texas never getting into a rhythm led to a 43-30-halftime lead for Michigan.
The second half turned out to be a much different story for Rick Barnes and the Longhorns. After a few more wasted possessions and Michigan three-pointers, Texas snapped out of their funk and began making a push at the Wolverines and their lethal shooting. Chipping away at the huge lead in front of them, Texas finally found themselves in a game, down by only eight with fewer than five minutes remaining. Then Michigan woke up at the right time, keeping the Longhorns defense off-balance by knocking down more clutch threes.
The 22-point, five-assist efforts of Isaiah Taylor proved to be too little for the all-around contributions by Michigan, who had five Wolverines score at least 14 points in a 79-65 victory over the Longhorns. The difference in the game was one of the best offenses clicking on all cylinders while the team with the definitive size advantage struggled to ever impose their will. Michigan now finds themselves in the Sweet 16, where they await the Winner of Tennessee vs. Mercer.