Men's Basketball

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Charles Matthews stood at the line and made the free-throw motion. He buried his head in his shirt for a second. Missed the first free throw. Bent his knees, stayed in that position for an extra beat as his teammates subbed out. Sunk the second free throw.

Shots didn't fall for the Michigan basketball team in its season-ending loss to Texas Tech.

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Amid an eerie silence, bowed heads and tear-filled eyes, one telling phrase rung through the Michigan locker room:

“Bad day to have a bad day.”

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — For all the highs of this season, the end wasn’t especially hard to see coming.

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The Daily looked at tape from three of Texas Tech’s most recent games, including its 78-58 win over Buffalo in the Round of 32, to help break down the matchup between two defensive titans.

Freshman forward Ignas Brazdeikis has always displayed an effervescent confidence.

“Iggy lives up for these moments,” Haynes saod. “I haven’t seen a kid like him that lives for these moments. He loves the crowd, he feeds into it, whether it’s hate or love. He’s a different kind of guy.”

To anybody who knows Brazdeikis, this is no surprise.

Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews could play his last game of college on Thursday if Michigan loses.

Nobody will write about what this season could have been if it ends with a Sweet Sixteen loss to Texas Tech, the only defense ranking ahead of the Wolverines in KenPom.

But Charles Matthews will wonder.

Assistant coach Luke Yaklich has helped build Michigan into one of the nation's best defenses.

This will be the top two defensive teams in the country going at it, and Livers is as excited as anyone to be a part of it.

Sophomore forward Isaiah Livers slammed down a highlight-real dunk in Michigan's Round of 32 win over Florida.

Saturday night in Des Moines, those roles suddenly reversed. This time, Livers’ name shot across national airwaves after posterizing Florida’s Andrew Nembhard to help send the Wolverines to the Sweet Sixteen — the zenith of a postseason in which he has averaged 12.0 points per game on 58 percent shooting.

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Michigan moves on after wins over Montana and Florida, and the Wolverines will take on Texas Tech next in the Sweet Sixteen. The Daily discusses reactions, expectations and even experiences from Des Moines.

Redshirt junior wing Charles Matthews made sure Michigan limited Florida's 3-point attempts in the second half.

When the Wolverines left the locker room, Matthews made sure they were, indeed, on it.

“First time in the huddle, he came and said, ‘No more threes. No more threes. Let’s limit their threes,” assistant coach DeAndre Haynes told The Daily. “He held it down for us out there.”