Sweet 16 Preview: West Region
Sweet 16 Preview: West Region

This article is part of our Sweet 16 Preview series.

Site: Los Angeles
Tip-off: Thursday

This has been an NCAA Tournament in which John McEnroe would be very happy. Chalking has been flying up everywhere. Through Saturday, it looked like the South Region might be immune to the top seeds falling, but the madness hit the region as Xavier and North Carolina fell to Florida State and Texas A&M, respectively. Michigan and Gonzaga were able to hold up to their seeds and would make for a very intriguing Elite Eight game if they are able to advance. The higher seeds will face teams with noticeable size advantages, but size of heart may matter more than height in this NCAA Tournament.

No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 10 Texas A&M

Key Matchup: Aggie perimeter defenders against the Wolverine snipers. Michigan likes to turn the game inside out with its forwards, Mortiz Wagner and Duncan Robinson, taking and making 3-pointers. The forwards converted a combined 129 3-pointers on 39.5 percent from long range. The Aggies have plenty of size on the wing (including Admon Gilder and DJ Hogg), but they will not be able to stray from the Michigan shooters.

Michigan will Win IF: it pulls the Aggie bigs away from the basket. Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy will have a decision to make about how to cover Wagner and Robinson on the perimeter. He will likely send the aforementioned big wings at the Wolverine forwards, but he could slide Robert Williams toward to the perimeter to use his excellent length to bother

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Perry Missner
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