After a strong shooting performance against Arizona State in Texas opening round win where they shot 53.4 percent from the field, Texas couldn't replicate the same performance against Michigan, shooting a lowly 37.9 percent from the field.
Isaiah Taylor was Texas only true scoring threat against Michigan scoring 12 of his 22 points in the first half. Although Taylor was the only Longhorn who was able to find success against Michigan's defense (8-for-21 shooting), either finding ways to get to the hoop and drawing a foul or settling for an open mid-range shot.
Cameron Ridley struggled to get on track as he could only manage to score six points. Texas was able to get him the basketball down low but Ridley wasn't able to convert on a couple of easy looks down low. The Longhorns did finish the game with 26 points in the paint.
Texas was able to give themselves plenty of second chance opportunities recording 15 of their 21 offensive rebounds in the second half and Texas did a good job of converting their second chances with 19 points.
With Texas getting down early in the game it forced them to get away trying to feed the basketball down low and Michigan was able to force Texas to settle for shots from the perimeter where they struggled. Texas was able to knock down their first two three's of the game but after their first two makes Texas could only go 2-for-7 the rest of the way.
Like many other teams Michigan have faced this year, Texas couldn't find a way to slow down Nik Stauskas. Stauskas came out hitting on all cylinders scoring the first nine of 19 points for Michigan. Stauskas finished with a game high 17 points. It didn't help that the rest of the Wolverines were on point shooting the basketball either finishing the game 24-for-54 (44.4 percent) from the field.
When Stauskas wasn't on the floor for Michigan, Caris LeVert and Glenn Robinson III were able to do damage each scoring 14-points against Texas. LeVert was able to attack the rim off the dribble due to either screens or Texas simply failing to cut off any driving lane. With the Longhorns failing to cut off dribble penetration it allowed Michigan to jump out to an early double-digit lead.
But what hurt Texas was not being able to hedge screens on defense and Michigan made them pay going 14-for-28 (50 percent) from distance. Stauskas and Robinson III combined to go 6-for-12 from three.
Michigan a team that typically won't beat themselves by turning the basketball over only turned it over four times in the game, three of which came off of Texas steals. With Michigan shooting the basketball as well as taking care of the basketball it's hard to beat them or any team at that matter.
Texas tried to make the game competitive early but a scoring drought of three minutes and 52-seconds, allowed Michigan to take the game over and they didn't look back after that point. It also didn't hurt that Michigan shot 15-for-28 (53.6 percent) from the field in the first half.
With Michigan getting the lead as big as 18 points against Texas, the Longhorns did manage to get the game as close as six points in the second half. But like the rest of the game Michigan was able to go on a run to erase any chance of Texas chipping away at the lead.
After Texas missed a shot and couldn't pull down the rebound they struggled to get back in transition on defense, where Michigan got 10 points. Texas did a fine job of taking care of the basketball only turning it over nine times but like any transition opportunity for the Wolverines, they were able to convert them into 15 points.
Texas did find ways to get to the free throw line 16 times knocking down 15 of their free throws. Taylor was a frequent visitor to the free throw line getting their six times converting on all six of his free throws.
Game MVP: Isaiah Taylor
Taylor made the Longhorns go and despite Michigan's efficient scoring his team high 22-points wasn't enough to put the Longhorns over the top. Taylor tried all he could to get a win but he couldn't come up with enough plays of his own to continue to chip away at the lead. Taylor led the Longhorns with five assists to three turnovers and also managed to pull down two rebounds.