Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/3/15
Day 1 of Madness is in the books and it certainly did not disappoint in regards to jaw dropping, bracket busting pandemonium. Michigan’s matchup with Socon champion Wofford fit the typical 2-15 seed mold, seeing the Wolverines effectively suppress the Terriers to move on to face Texas in (technically) the third round. The 7th seeded Longhorns come into Saturday’s showdown with Michigan following a last second victory secured by a dramatic buzzer beating tip-in against 10th seeded Arizona State. Texas finished 4th in the Big 12 with a 24-10 record. Texas and Michigan are perhaps the two most polar opposite teams in the tournament, in terms of style of play. The Wolverines live and die by the 3-point basket, and rely heavily on quickness and sharpshooters, while they lack on the boards and essentially every frontcourt facet. Meanwhile Texas is composed of big bodies that depend on clogging the paint and dominating the glass on both ends of the court. Get To Know the Texas Longhorns Size and Strength Texas is one of the worst shooting teams in the nation, but they make up for it with physicality and strength chiefly on the backs of post powers Cameron Ridley and Jonathan Holmes, standing 6’9” and 6’8” respectively. Ridley’s wide frame and strength in the paint puts him on the free throw line time and time again, although he only converts on 62% of attempts from the stripe. Holmes is more of a swingman, and his versatility offensively has him leading the Longhorns in scoring. Holmes is listed 6’8” (same as Jordan Morgan), and 240 lbs. (10 less than Morgan), meaning Texas’ secondary frontcourt option is essentially the same size as Michigan’s primary. Backseat Backcourt Holding down the backcourt for the Longhorns are speedy Isaiah Taylor and sharpshooter Javan Felix. Taylor predominantly works from inside, putting up 72% of his attempts from the field from the paint. Felix specializes in the corner three, but struggles from mid-range. Texas is about as frontcourt-reliant as a basketball team can be, echoed by their guards whose play emphasizes depending on big men. Keys to Victory Stay out of foul trouble A strong frontcourt presence usually spells foul trouble for Michigan’s primary big men Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford. Both found themselves in early foul trouble in Sunday’s Big Ten Championship against MSU, forcing Coach John Beilein to the sparingly used Max Bielfeldt (who also happens to be the two-time reigning Big Ten calves of the year award winner). Michigan is going to need Morgan and Horford on the floor as much as possible in order to neutralize the Longhorns’ paint presence, but early foul trouble could mean problems for Michigan. Crash The Glass It’s no secret, the Wolverines struggle on the boards. Even more they’ve really struggled against big name post players, such as Aaron Gordon, Adreian Payne and Frank Kaminsky. Texas’ big men might not have the national name recognition, but they’ve sure got the size. Michigan will have to rely on their non-frontcourt players to cheat in on shot attempts to bolster their rebounding capability. Guys like GR3, Irvin and LeVert will have to use their length to counterbalance the Longhorns’ advantage on the glass. Seize the Momentum It’s March, anything can happen. Ask Ohio State. 7-seed aside, Texas is certainly no picnic and should not be treated as such. However, the Longhorns, whose ranking peaked at 15, have struggled to remain consistent throughout the year, specifically nearing the season’s end, as they dropped six of their final eleven going into the Tournament. If the Wolverines can get out to a hot shooting start, and manage to keep out of foul trouble early on, then they should coast to a decisive victory. Michigan and Texas tip off Saturday on CBS at 5:15 PM from the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. The post Michigan Basketball eyes Texas in Round of 32 appeared first on isportsweb.
PLAYERS: Jordan Morgan
TEAMS:
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Pete Rose joining FOX as baseball analyst

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce around time of relapse

Isaiah Thomas once peed himself to avoid subbing out

Report: ESPN employees want Britt McHenry fired

WATCH: Raptors fans shower Paul Pierce with vulgar taunts

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Vikings want first-rounder, starting CB for Peterson

Report: Jarret Stoll arrested for possession of drugs

CJ Wilson: Josh Hamilton’s relapse a ‘tame scenario’

Head coaching candidates for the Denver Nuggets

Check out these leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Aqib Talib’s aggravated assault investigation suspended

WATCH: Female Cubs fan catches foul ball in beer cup, chugs it

WATCH: Cardale Jones throws ball 74 yards during contest

Shaka Smart was quite popular at the Texas spring game

Ohio State sets spring game attendance record

WATCH: Bubba Watson raps on Christian rap track

WATCH: Jags mascot wins closest to pin at Sawgrass

Notre Dame wears 'Father Ted' patches during spring game

Five things to watch during the NBA Playoffs

Hanley Ramirez put hole in Green Monster during BP

WATCH: A-Rod belts two homers in win over Rays

Ubaldo Jimenez hit Pablo Sandoval with pitch, was ejected

NBA to track and post referees’ calls beginning in playoffs

Wolverines News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Josh Hamilton filed for divorce from wife

Report: McHenry's coworkers want her fired

WATCH: Raptors fans taunt Paul Pierce

Five things to watch in NBA Playoffs

Report: Jarret Stoll busted for drugs

CJ Wilson: Hamilton is 'ready to go'

Leaked Clippers jersey redesigns

Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase preview

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

Why we love the NFL draft

The "worst" player on each NBA playoff team

Jim Harbaugh showed up at Ultimate Frisbee practice

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.