Michigan’s 1st-half domination of Texas A&M, explained in 5 stats

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Michigan’s Sweet 16 start was just stupid.

Texas A&M entered the game after a second-round domination of North Carolina. Michigan turned around and did something just as bad to the Aggies. This game seemed like it would be close. At the end of the first half, Michigan led 52-28.

Here’s a brief explanation of how that unfolded:

Moe Wagner was Michigan’s catalyst, because of course he was.

Wagner dribbled behind his back for a layup . He got in the face of an A&M player after making a bucket. He was the best version of himself, and didn’t get into foul trouble.

Wagner had 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting from the field, and did not commit any fouls.

Wagner wasn’t alone, of course. Michigan’s whole team was on fire from the field

Just look at this box score:

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michigan-texas A&M-ncaa tournament 2018-score -update-sweet 16

That’s 57 percent vs. 38 percent shooting.

Michigan was lights-out from three. Texas A&M…was not.

Michigan came into this game with the 117th-best 3-point shooting percentage in the country. Some of the Wolverines’ games lately could certainly qualify as “defensive slogs.” So naturally, they came out and went 10-for-16 on threes.


Michigan forced turnovers and got points. Texas A&M did neither.

Michigan forced 10 turnovers and only gave the ball away once. The Wolverines scored 15 points off those turnovers, while A&M did not convert that one turnover into points.

Michigan shared the ball

The Wolverines had 14 assists to Texas A&M’s 3. That large margin is largely due to the fact that Michigan made shots and A&M didn’t, but it also speaks to some selfless basketball on the part of the Wolverines.

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