The No. 3 Michigan Wolverines (31-7) returned to the Elite 8 for the first time in four years after beating the No. 7 Texas A&M Aggies (22-13) 99-72 on Thursday night in Los Angeles.
Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the team with 24 points while Mo Wagner had 21 of his own. Zavier Simpson had 11 points and 5 steals. As a team, the Wolverines forced 13 turnovers and shot 58.3% from three-point range.
The maize and blue got started on a 19-6 run. Less than four minutes later they extended the lead to 20., thanks to lots of 15 points off of turnovers and a great shooting percentage on field goals. By the end of the half, Michigan held a 52-28 lead.
In the second half, Texas A&M came out with a more aggressive defense, pressuring the Wolverines early on possessions. They also got better shooting from the outside, putting the Wolverines’ lead to the test. At the under-eight timeout, the Aggies trailed 79-57.
Try as they would, the deficit was too much to overcome and the Michigan Wolverines moved on to the Elite 8 for the third time in the last six years.
The Wolverines now await the winner of Thursday’s Florida State-Gonzaga game who they’ll play at a time to be determined on Saturday.