They also lost at Boston College, Wake Forest and Notre Dame (without Bonzie Colson), all teams that missed the NCAA Tournament.
No. 3 seed MI found some of what it left at Madison Square Garden two weeks ago with an offensive onslaught and a solid defensive performance, as it scorched No. 7 seed Texas for 52 points in the first half in a dominant 99-72 win on Thursday night at Staples Center. Just as notable was Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman (24 points) and Moritz Wagner's (21 points) return to form.
"My shot went in early and it gives you the confidence to take the next one", Abdur-Rahkman said. I dont think at this point it helps anybody to change or to add new things or anything like that, he said. Junior Sam Thornton led the way with a 10th place finish with a 396.35 point total. Thursday's loss against MI marks the fifth time the Aggies' have lost in Sweet 16. But the Wolverines raced through that event, winning four games in four days to claim a second straight tournament title.
The rout was on by halftime with MI leading 52-28.
Carter shook off a tough first half in the second round of the NCAA Tournament against DePaul to score 32 of a school tournament-record 37 points to lead the Aggies to a 80-79 victory.
ON A ROLL: Michigan's 12-game winning streak is the second-longest in the nation thanks to the Seminoles, who ended the Zags' 16-game winning streak.
The Aggies (22-13) never made a run, going long stretches without a basket in the first half while MI was scoring on almost every trip down the floor.
"We weren't focused", Starks said. "We didn't show up".
Texas A&M was led by Tyler Davis with 24 points.
MI is 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS in its past five games as a favorite of 4.5 points or less. "You can be high one minute and low the next".
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The Michigan Wolverines absolutely hammered the AGgies of Texas A+M in the win on Thursday. "The rebounding game, I don't know if I'm different on it, but we were really consumed with how many offensive rebounds we can keep a team from getting". During one stretch, they made 3s on three consecutive possessions that extended their lead to 25-10 and had the predominantly MI crowd chanting, "Let's go Blue!"
Wagner, a native of Berlin, Germany, said he spoke to his family after the game and that a tavern in his neighborhood showed the game on TV. "I think we've been believing all year that we can beat anyone if we play our best basketball".
At that point U-M was 7-of-14 overall and 3-of-5 from deep, while A&M was flustered by the Wolverines' tenacious defense and shot at a 3-of-11 clip (.273) with four turnovers.
While Michigan bombed away from the perimeter, the Aggies, who could not get the deficit under 18 points in the second half, could not capitalize on their perceived advantage in the paint.
Texas A&M has blocked eight shots in both NCAA Tournament games.
The Aggies committed 10 of their 14 turnovers in the first half. The Seminoles were able to convert on 46.6% of their field goals against a strong defense, and they limited Gonzaga to 33.9% shooting. The top-seeded Bulldogs advanced to the finals with a 85-79 win over West Texas A&M.
The game aired in the wee hours of Friday morning in Berlin, where Wagner is from. "It's a really cool thing, and I'm very proud of that, for sure".
But, as we know, full-season rankings don't mean much when it comes to March Madness. You just try to get through the game, and that's survive. The victor will earn a trip to the Final Four.
The Aggies head home with a 13-15 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament.