Next, they face #3 Texas Tech in what might be the best game of the day between two extremely tough and resilient teams. He finished with 14, scoring 10 down the stretch when the game already was decided.
Another player that the nation ins starting to learn about is sophomore guard Davide Moretti who had 15 huge points Thursday night. I've always thought when you get to this tournament you've gotta be who you are.
Zion Williamson is not in Anaheim. The Big 12 Player of the Year poured in 22 points and demonstrated some of his incredible athleticism on both ends against the Wolverines that has him rising up draft boards.
Texas Tech is in the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year. Texas Tech has featured in three of the past four NCAA Tournaments (including 2019) and hope this will be the year they can make a first-ever appearance in the Final Four.
"I'm glad to be a part of it, making history like that" Culver said. All five starters scored in double figures led by Big 12 player of the Jarrett Culver with 16.
Jarett Culver's 22 points were a mere subplot in third-seeded Tech's 63-44 takedown of No. 2 MI in the West Region on Thursday night - a victory that set up an intriguing Elite Eight showdown against Gonzaga, which boasts the country's leading offense. C J Massinburg who had been averaging over 18 points a game had just two in the first half.
It was pretty clear Michigan's season would end due to an offensive drought, but this performance took it to the extreme.
MI won 15 games in the toughest conference in college basketball, falling just a few points short of the No. 1 overall seed in the conference tournament.
"You're playing against National Basketball Association players, not one-dimensional guys, but guys that can do different things", Texas Tech coach Chris Beard said. "And probably just as hard or harder to score than it was [Thursday]". "He gives us his key and says, 'Hey, man, I'm on the top floor - do not go in my room - and there's a concierge there". The last defending Final Four team standing fell in the clangs and the clunk of a 63-44 loss it might as well go ahead and forget.
Corey Davis scored 21 points to help Houston defeat Ohio State 74-59 in a second-round Midwest Region game Sunday night. Hachimura is also one of the best on Gonzaga's team in rebounds and three-point shooting.
Norense Odiase had 14 points and 15 rebounds, both season highs, for Texas Tech (28-6).
Forty minutes from the Final Four.
Fortunately, this was a game made for Twitter, because Twitter is mostly a miserable (or glorious) place where groups of strangers watch the same thing together and try to top each other by recycling various notions that speak (mostly) to how much that thing sucks. Not for the analytics acolytes.
"We're very sad that his college career is ending", Beilein said. "We do a lot of listening in recruiting, not just talking". Their passion, their togetherness, their courage, how aggressive they are.
"I didn't like our fight in all three games and they know it, so when they hear this they are not going to be shocked".