MI gets housed by Texas Tech, 63-44, in the Sweet 16

MI gets housed by Texas Tech, 63-44, in the Sweet 16

Compared to MI, which needed 15 minutes to score 10 points against Texas Tech on Thursday night, Gonzaga got off to a fast start.

Leave it to Texas Tech's Matt Mooney to succinctly sum up Saturday's West Regional final matchup against Gonzaga.

"They forced us to make plays or passes we probably shouldn't have made", Clarke said.

"I don't mind the underdog, chip-on-the-shoulder story, but it disrespects these players a little bit when people don't understand, we have really good college players", he said.

And though Gonzaga was the only team to beat Duke and Zion Williamson at full strength this season, there will be no rematch in the Final Four.

Josh Perkins added 16 points for Gonzaga, while Zach Norvell Jr. had 10. "They were getting open looks and our coaching staff did a great job of recognizing that and we just followed the game plan".

The SuperBook has an over-under in points scored by Culver at 18.5.

The Wolverines were on the brink of not making a single 3 for the first time in 232 games until C.J. Baird hit an ugly shot from deep on their final offensive possession. Three buckets in the last three minutes. MI has won both of its game by an average of 17 and Texas Tech has won by an average margin of 17.5 points. The college basketball odds have them as four-point underdogs. They blew a big lead, though they were still able to win in overtime. Jarrett Culver is the best player on Texas Tech, leading the team in points, assists, and rebounds, and will be a key player in this game.

"That's what it's like every night in the Big 12", Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. When asked if it was stifling, aggressive or suffocating, he said it was all of the above.

"We share the ball and we hold each other accountable from an effort standpoint", Hamilton said. "We contest shots and make it hard for their best players to score. Just a lot of active things".

Gonzaga shot 50% from the field in the first half and led 37-35 at intermission, but the Bulldogs missed 11 of their first 16 shots in the second half and turned the ball over four times, allowing Texas Tech to build a lead. That's the game right there because Texas Tech isn't going to budget inside.

The Red Raiders held MI to 44 points, 32 percent shooting and 1 for 19 on its 3-point attempts.

Beilein on coaching in the small schools vs. coaching at Michigan: "The biggest difference is, you get to lose when nobody cares". Geno Crandall, Brandon Clarke and Killian Tillie are among this group.

However, the one thing that should worry MI basketball fans as much as anything or anybody heading into the Sweet 16 matchup, is Texas Tech guard Jarrett Culver, a dynamic scorer who also happens to be the Big 12 Player of the Year.

"We also schedule these type situations to put our guys in different situations, whether it be back-to-back or one-day preps or two-days".

"I can't believe we're here after all the work we did this season", Moretti said. Gonzaga has won its NCAA Tournament games by an average margin of 21.3 points and Texas Tech has held all three of its opponents under 60 points.

Perkins made a critical mistake that ultimately swung the game, as he reached out of bounds during Texas Tech's inbounds play.

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