Texas A&M Basketball: 5 reasons Aggies can upset Michigan in Sweet 16

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2. Control the pace

While neither team needs to play very fast, it is likely Michigan will try to get out and run when it behooves them. They start three guards and 6-foot-8 guard/wing Robinson alongside Moritz Wagner. They won’t have an advantage in size but they might be able to take advantage of their speed.

North Carolina attempted to do this and it was working early in the first half. The Aggies tried to run with the Tar Heels, falling behind 20-13 with a pace that clearly favored North Carolina. Billy Kennedy directed his team to slow the ball down and work Davis inside and it worked. The Aggies went on a 29-8 run and never looked back.

Kennedy needs to continue to work the ball down low to Davis and Williams. Especially against the starting lineup, utilizing the mismatch whoever Wagner doesn’t guard will have. That’s most likely going to be Williams. He only attempted three shots against North Carolina but they were all on the block and he made all of them.

Davis and Williams opened the outside shot for the rest of the squad and they capitalized. Admon Gilder and TJ Starks can’t get caught trying to speed up the pace.