MI knocks out Texas A&M in Sweet 16 blowout

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Despite the large deficit towards the end of the game, A&M continued to play as if it were a one point game.

The supremely confident Carter was nonchalant when recalling her game-winning shot that put A&M in the round of 16 for the first time since 2014.

Loyola-Chicago chaplain Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, leads the team in brayer before the first half of a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game between Loyola-Chicago and Kansas State, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Atlanta.

That was the story of the last week of basketball for the Aggies.

Florida State is 3-11 SU and 4-10 ATS in its past 14 games against the Big Ten.

But Aggie fans bleed maroon, and know that if this isn't their year, next year will be. And boy, did they come in bunches.

The Aggies committed 10 turnovers - five by T.J. Starks - in the first half. Well, he was pretty guardable Thursday. Carsen Edwards racked up 30 points to lead Purdue as the Boilermakers finish 30-7. The Wolverines needed a buzzer beater to get by Houston, but the Sweet 16 restored a lot of faith in MI.

-This is easily John Beilein's best defensive team with the Wolverines. MI beat No. 14 Montana, 61-47, and then narrowly escaped sixth-seeded Houston with a, 64-63, victory on the opening weekend of the tournament.

MI couldn't buy a shot in Wichita. At that point, MI was firing on all cylinders. "Of the 10 players that played at least 10 minutes in the Sweet 16 against Gonzaga, seven of them are at least 6'6" and nine are at least 6'4". No wonder it was 33-12 before Texas A&M could even break a sweat.

MI just destroyed Texas A&M, a team many thought could test the Wolverines with their athleticism. They hit wide-open buckets. And they just so happen to be facing a team that struggled on defense. On Thursday, Michigan routed Texas A&M, 99-72. It wanted to follow the blueprint from UNC. On a one-day turnaround, that could play a factor late in games. Every shot, whether it was behind the 3-point line or not was going in for MI. The Wolverines have the look of a team that figured it out. This preview details reasons why they could win and also how they could lose. What's the common denominator (besides the score)?

MI advanced all the way to the National Championship game in 2013, where it lost to Louisville.

For all the flashes of brilliance of A&M in 2017-18, it couldn't string enough games together doing just that. "I think our defense has traveled well". "So they have these junkyard dogs that just run around all the time, and they're ferocious and they get after you, and they're mean and they're ornery and they're tough".

Texas A&M also ruled the paint against the Tar Heels, recording eight blocked shots and forging a 50-36 rebound advantage. "We just thought we was going to come out and do what we did to North Carolina".

It was supposed to be history in the making, but Texas A&M fans slipped out early Thursday night at the Staples Center, exhausted of watching their favorite team fall so fast. MI was that team.

They got A&M going back to Texas, and made it rain celebration for a team that doesn't want to pack away the basketballs. Only time will tell. German big man Moritz Wagner has terrific in stuffing the stat sheet all over and always seems to be in the middle of a big play for a team that is making them left and right the past few weeks.