The 7th seeded Texas A&M Aggies will take on the 3 seeded Michigan Wolverines this Friday night in Los Angeles for the Sweet Sixteen. These teams are coming off very different second round victories. The Aggies played their best game of the season in a shocking 86-65 blowout of the 2 seeded and defending National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels. They outrebounded Carolina, who was the nation’s top rebounding team, 50 -36. The win gives the Aggies just their third trip to the Sweet Sixteen since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Michigan needed a buzzer beating 3 pointer from freshman guard Jordan Poole to defeat the sixth seeded University of Houston. The Wolverines are making their 4th trip to the Sweet Sixteen in the last six years.

The Aggies had 4 different players score in double figures against Carolina and were led by freshman guard TJ Starks who had 21 points on 7 of 15 shooting. Center Tyler Davis had a nice game with 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. As a team they shot 52 percent from the field including 10 of 24 from behind the arc. Defensively, they limited the Tar Heels to just 33 percent shooting including just 6 of 31 from three point range. The game changed late in the second half when the Aggies turned a 20 to 13 deficit into a 42 -28 halftime lead. The two negative takeaways for Texas A&M is that they lost the turnover battle badly and shot poorly from the free throw line. They committed 14 turnovers while only forcing 6 and made just 14 of their 21 free throw attempts.

Michigan beat Houston despite shooting just 35 percent from the field including 8 of 30 from three point range and being outrebounded 41 to 38. Their top 2 players Abdur-Rahkman and Charles Matthews struggled offensively combing for 27 points on 9 of 27 shooting. They won the turnover battle committing just 6 to Houston’s 10. Their defense has been good all season as they ranked 8th in the nation in allowing the fewest points per game with 63.1. This year’s team won 30 games for just the 4th time in the school’s history with the previous 3 all making the Final Four. At the 3 seed, Michigan is now the lowest seed left in tournament in the both the South and West Regions.

Despite being the lower seed, Texas A&M started the season 11-1 and were ranked as high as 5th before injuries and suspensions took their toll and they finished 7th in the SEC. They seem to be rolling now with 2 impressive victories in a row. Michigan enters this game as the 3 point favorite and has momentum of its own as a last second victory can re-energize a struggling team. Michigan also has extra motivation with the memory of last year’s Sweet Sixteen when they lost a 1 point heartbreaker to the Oregon Ducks.

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