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NCAA Tournament Game Thread: Michigan (3) vs Texas A&M (7)

Michigan enters the Sweet 16 as the highest remaining seed on its side of the bracket

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-West Regional Practice Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

There aren’t enough Owen Wilson clips in the world to capture the “wow” moment that Jordan Poole delivered to the Wolverine faithful Saturday night. The freshman with the amazing hair and glowing personality cemented himself in Michigan lore forever.

When the shot went down, I was fortunate enough to be with the group of friends I’d sat with as Blake O’Neill died for our sins on a crisp October night. That’s why sports are great: the highest of highs and lowest of lows.

People have compared this shot to Trey Burke’s 30-foot bomb against Kansas in 2013, and I’d dare to say the differences in those two shots are what makes these two teams so different, though both spectacularly great. Trey’s shot was a one-man heroic effort, just like many other we’d seen before during the preceding two years. Jordan’s was a beautifully designed play by Beilein with the unlikeliest of heroes ready to step into his moment.

And what has that moment given the Wolverines? Well, they will be the highest ranked team in every matchup on a hypothetical road to the National Championship game. No pressure, guys!

Game Info

Teams: Michigan Wolverines (30-7) vs. Texas A&M Aggies (22-12)

Date: Thursday, March 22, 2018

Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles, California

Tip-off: 7:37 EST

Television: TBS

Today’s Question:

Will there be a #PooleParty hangover?

Michigan has not been spectacular this tournament and “Tourney Mo” has been absent. The Aggies demolished a very good North Carolina team, getting production from everyone who played meaningful minutes.

In some ways, A&M’s balance is a mix of both bad and good as far as matchups. On one side, you’ve got a long and athletic team that’s finally putting it all together after an injury and suspension-riddled season. On the other, you have the fantastically-coached group of vets that have seemingly built a momentum crescendo all year leading up to this moment.

Michigan is in the driver’s seat, and that’s all you can ask for in March. Are the boys ready to step their game up again?

Go Blue!