Michigan shot the lights out against Texas A&M in a 99-72 steamrolling of the Aggies on Thursday night in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
The Wolverines shot 58 percent from beyond the arc and 62 percent from the field in a dominant performance. And that’s from a team that shot 36 percent on threes (117th in the nation) coming into the game.
Michigan’s 3-point efforts concluded in the best way possible: with walk-on CJ Baird nailing a deep trey in the game’s final minute.
Michigan Titus over here making March moments. pic.twitter.com/PnRmB89V2x
— Troy Machir (@TroyMachir) March 23, 2018
The Wolverines’ bench went appropriately wild:
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) March 23, 2018
Baird was a student manager with the program before receiving a roster spot this year. He was 0-for-1 on 3-pointers this season entering the game, but everyone was knocking them down for Michigan on Thursday.
“I didn’t watch him,” Michigan coach John Beilein told reporters after the game. “He put his fingers up and I watched our bench. That shows you. When you have a non-scholarship player that the team likes as much…Here’s a kid who started out as a manager…He’s brilliant. Close to a perfect score on the SAT. He just goes into the game and he just gives us buckets in practice too. Those are great moments. Those are the ones I may remember more than others.”
Michigan’s on to face either Florida State or Gonzaga in the Elite Eight. A shooting performance like that will make them hard to beat.
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