Texas Tech vs Michigan: No. 2 Michigan will continue its attempt to return to the national title game with a Sweet 16 matchup against No. 3 Texas Tech on Thursday night. Here is a direct link to the Texas Tech vs Michigan live stream where you can watch every moment of the March Madness Sweet 16 game.
Texas Tech vs Michigan: There are a ton of storylines that ought to make Thursday’s Michigan vs Texas Tech matchup in the Sweet 16 a delicious matchup to watch. No. 2-seed Michigan meets 3-seed Texas Tech in the West Region semifinal on Thursday in Anaheim, Calif. Tipoff is scheduled for 9:29 p.m. ET
Michigan is looking to return to the Final Four the second consecutive year and third time overall under John Beilein. The Wolverines are 5-2 in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament under Beilein. Texas Tech is back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season under Chris Beard. The Red Raiders advanced to the Elite Eight last season. This will be a defensive struggle.
The winner of the game will face the winner of the night’s early game between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 4 Florida State in the Elite Eight on Saturday.
Michigan lost to Villanova 79-62 in last year’s title game playing as a third seed. Now in their fourth straight tournament, the Wolverines hope to better that result over the next couple weeks.
Last year’s title game loss was the fourth such loss in a row for the team in program history, which includes the Fab Five’s back-to-back losses in 1992 and 1993. The Wolverines are now 1-6 in national title games, with their one victory coming in 1989 over Seton Hall.
The Wolverines beat No. 15 Montana 74-55 in the first round to open their tournament play this year followed by a 64-49 victory over No. 10 Florida in the second round.
Senior guard Charles Matthews led Michigan in that first-round victory with a double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds) while sophomore guard Jordan Poole turned it on against Florida with a team-high 19 points.
Texas Tech is playing in the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in program history and attempting to advance to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row after first making it that far last year.
Like Michigan, the Red Raiders’ 2018 season came to an end at the hands of Villanova, with the eventual national champions winning 71-59 in the East Regional final.
The Big 12 regular season co-champions have bounced back from their upset loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals, beating No. 14 Northern Kentucky 72-57 in the first round followed by a 78-58 victory over No. 6 Buffalo.
Texas Tech has yet to really be challenged in the tournament so far, with sophore guard and NBA prospect Jarrett Culver leading the way with 29 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in the opening round followed by a double-double (16 points, 10 rebounds) against Buffalo.
Senior center Norense Odiase added his own double-double against Buffalo with 14 points and 15 rebounds.