Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Caris LeVert (23) lays the ball up during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the Wofford Terriers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Basketball: Texas vs. Michigan -- Preview

GBMWolverine Basketball TidbitsPosted at 12:00pm — 3/22/2014

Michigan Basketball: Texas vs. Michigan — Preview

So far the universities with stellar academic rankings have done well. Well, accept for Duke, who again went out shockingly early. Stanford won, Virginia won, Michigan won, and so did Texas, a superior institution of higher learning.

Michigan played in a puzzling fashion, letting a tough defensive minded Wofford hang around. But not is all lost, several other favorites have already vacated the hotels.

It was hard to tell whether Michigan had visions of NBA grandeur or just could not find the runway of the tournament. Teams can play very poorly in the first game and come out smoking after that; it happens all the time.

Texas, on the other hand looked very steady, very competent. The Longhorns have a monster inside presence in sophomore Cameron Ridley. He is a mountain at 6’ 9” and over 280 pounds. Texas is facing Michigan because Ridley was able to park in the lane and make a last second shot to beat Arizona State. Is there anything Michigan can do to limit his production without giving up horse shots from the outside?

Freshman Martez Walker from Pershing High School in Detroit will see action.

Texas is about 50-50 against top opponents and is capable of making noise in the tournament, as is Michigan.

Mar 20, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach John Beilein during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament against the Wofford Terriers at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Whereas Michigan’s shooters showed no patience and again fell into dribble and quick shoot mode on Thursday, Texas was well disciplined and did a very nice job of passing the ball around the perimeter until the inside pass or the open shot could be obtained.

This game should be close and Michigan will need to cut down turnovers, improve focus and run a better offense on Saturday. Pretty simple, who wants it and can better execute the system?

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