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D up: Texas Tech clamps down in 63-44 win over Michigan

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) More than 24 minutes into the game, the nation's best defense had yet to allow its 20th point.

Yes, Texas Tech makes it tough on people. One more clamp-down job like this and the Red Raiders will be D-ing up in the Final Four.

Jarett Culver's 22 points were a mere subplot in third-seeded Tech's 63-44 takedown of No. 2 Michigan 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.

Texas Tech (29-6) is back to this point for the second straight year thanks to a shut-down job of epic proportions. The Raiders held an efficient-if-not-spectacular Michigan (30-7) offense to 16 field goals, 32 percent shooting and only a single 3-point basket on 19 attempts - a clanker by C.J. Baird in mop-up duty that drooled in with 21.8 seconds left.

''We guarded at a high level,'' coach Chris Beard said.

Sure did.

Only five players scored for Michigan, which was led by its brash playmaker, freshman Iggy Brazdeikis, who finished with 17, most of which came well after the game was out of hand.

There simply wasn't anywhere to go against a lanky, athletic Texas Tech defense that succeeds by clogging the middle, then forcing teams to either move the ball toward the baseline and settle for jumpers with people in their face, or try to attack the rim, but pay a price while doing it.

Michigan has the nation's second-best defense, and nearly 9 minutes into the game, the score was tied: 6-6.

''At the media timeout, (Assistant coach Mark Adams) was, like, `We need to make an adjustment,' and I was like, `Coach, they've scored six points. We need to get a basket,''' Beard said.

Texas Tech got its share. Michigan did not.

Watching the score get out of hand, Wolverines coach John Beilein, one of the best tacticians in the game, called a timeout early in the second half to try to get a shot, a possession, anything, that might generate something for his team to build on.

The Wolverines worked the ball to Zavier Simpson, who dribbled, and dribbled, and tried to take it to the rim against Red Raiders guard Matt Mooney. Simpson lobbed it up toward the rim. It barely grazed glass.

Moments later on the other end, Culver sent an alley-oop pass to Tariq Owens, who dunked so hard, the ball went into the band section. It made the score 36-18. By that point, the lead might as well have been a million. Michigan scored its 20th point on the next possession, when Jordan Poole looped an impossibly high banker just out of reach of Owens - off glass and in. There was 15:31 left in the second half.

''There were a lot of things we worked on in two days of practice, but we couldn't get far enough to make a difference, because that team practiced that defense for six months,'' Beilein said.

Davide Moretti had three 3-pointers and 15 points for Texas Tech, which started slowly on offense, but got rolling as the second half wore on. The Red Raiders missed nine of their first 10 shots but still shot 43 percent from the floor.

Michigan's other double-figures scorer was Charles Matthews with 12. He's a senior, though this roster is full of underclassmen, who offer plenty of hope for 2019-20.

But on the night the 2018-19 season ended, hope for Michigan was as fleeting as an open look at the basket.

DREAM ON

Culver, a sophomore, is projected by many as an NBA lottery pick. Beard joked with him during the victory press conference.

''Culver, you having fun?'' the coach said. ''We should do this next year again.''

MORE UGLINESS

The only Michigan player outside of Baird who made at least half his shots was Poole, who went 4 for 8 for eight points.

OVERRATED

With the game winding down, some in the Texas Tech crowd chanted ''Overrated.'' Beard wanted none of that, and signaled to them to cut it out.

NEXT

Texas Tech makes its second straight Elite Eight appearance, this time against top-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday.

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Key Players
J. Culver
23 G
Z. Simpson
3 G
33.9 Min. Per Game 33.9
9.1 Pts. Per Game 9.1
6.8 Ast. Per Game 6.8
5.1 Reb. Per Game 5.1
48.4 Field Goal % 43.4
31.9 Three Point % 30.8
70.2 Free Throw % 66.7
+ 3 C.J. Baird made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Austin Davis 22.0
  Lost ball turnover on Andrew Sorrells 29.0
  Out of bounds turnover on Austin Davis 33.0
  Defensive rebound by C.J. Baird 49.0
  Brandone Francis missed 3-pt. jump shot 51.0
+ 1 Charles Matthews made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:17
  Charles Matthews missed 1st of 2 free throws 1:17
  Shooting foul on Jarrett Culver 1:17
  Defensive rebound by Eli Brooks 1:23
  Davide Moretti missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:25
  Defensive rebound by Kyler Edwards 1:53
Team Stats
Points 63 44
Field Goals 24-55 (43.6%) 16-49 (32.7%)
3-Pointers 6-19 (31.6%) 1-19 (5.3%)
Free Throws 9-10 (90.0%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 31 35
Offensive 3 7
Defensive 24 26
Team 4 2
Assists 12 9
Steals 8 5
Blocks 4 2
Turnovers 7 14
Fouls 17 13
Technicals 0 0
22 PTS, 4 REB, 4 AST
17 PTS, 13 REB
12T
away team logo 3 Texas Tech 29-6 243963
home team logo 2 Michigan 30-7 162844
Team Stats
away team logo 3 Texas Tech 29-6 72.8 PPG 36.3 RPG 13.6 APG
home team logo 2 Michigan 30-7 69.6 PPG 37.9 RPG 13.8 APG
Key Players
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J. Culver G PPG RPG APG FG%
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I. Brazdeikis F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
J. Culver G 22 PTS 4 REB 4 AST
I. Brazdeikis F 17 PTS 13 REB 0 AST
43.6 FG% 32.7
31.6 3PT FG% 5.3
90.0 FT% 64.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 22 4 4 9/19 0/5 4/4 3 32 3 0 1 0 4
D. Moretti 15 1 4 5/7 3/4 2/2 2 35 1 0 0 0 1
M. Mooney 10 3 2 4/9 2/4 0/0 2 32 2 0 3 0 3
T. Owens 7 10 0 2/7 0/1 3/4 3 30 1 2 0 2 8
N. Odiase 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 18 0 0 0 1 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Culver 22 4 4 9/19 0/5 4/4 3 32 3 0 1 0 4
D. Moretti 15 1 4 5/7 3/4 2/2 2 35 1 0 0 0 1
M. Mooney 10 3 2 4/9 2/4 0/0 2 32 2 0 3 0 3
T. Owens 7 10 0 2/7 0/1 3/4 3 30 1 2 0 2 8
N. Odiase 0 4 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 18 0 0 0 1 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Francis 4 0 2 2/7 0/3 0/0 1 24 1 0 2 0 0
K. Edwards 3 1 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 2 10 0 0 0 0 1
D. Corprew 2 4 0 1/4 0/1 0/0 0 14 0 2 0 0 4
A. Sorrells 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
A. Benson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
P. Hicks 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Ondigo 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Mballa 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. McCullar - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 63 27 12 24/55 6/19 9/10 17 200 8 4 7 3 24
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 17 13 0 7/16 0/5 3/3 2 34 1 0 2 3 10
C. Matthews 12 4 3 3/9 0/4 6/8 4 32 0 0 5 0 4
J. Poole 8 4 3 4/8 0/3 0/0 3 31 1 0 1 0 4
J. Teske 4 4 1 1/4 0/2 2/6 1 22 1 2 1 3 1
Z. Simpson 0 1 1 0/5 0/0 0/0 1 36 2 0 4 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
I. Brazdeikis 17 13 0 7/16 0/5 3/3 2 34 1 0 2 3 10
C. Matthews 12 4 3 3/9 0/4 6/8 4 32 0 0 5 0 4
J. Poole 8 4 3 4/8 0/3 0/0 3 31 1 0 1 0 4
J. Teske 4 4 1 1/4 0/2 2/6 1 22 1 2 1 3 1
Z. Simpson 0 1 1 0/5 0/0 0/0 1 36 2 0 4 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
C. Baird 3 1 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
A. Davis 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
E. Brooks 0 3 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 18 0 0 0 0 3
I. Livers 0 3 0 0/3 0/3 0/0 2 21 0 0 0 1 2
C. Castleton 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. DeJulius 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
B. Johns Jr. 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
A. Nunez 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Faulds - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Ozuna-Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 44 33 9 16/49 1/19 11/17 13 200 5 2 14 7 26