March Madness: Michigan Rolls Over Texas Southern in Round 1

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Mackey Arena, West Lafayette, IN — March 18, 2021

Michigan did what tournament number one seeds are supposed to do, dominate their opponent and advance to the next round.

Michigan’s Brandon Johns Jr. (23), Terrance Williams II (5), and Franz Wagner (21) compete for a rebound with Texas Southern’s Justin Hopkins, left, and Quinton Brigham, right, during the first half of a First Round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 20, 2021, at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind. Credit: AP Photo / Robert Franklin

The Wolverines jumped all over Texas Southern to take a 42-24 lead at halftime. Then finished up business in the 2nd half for an 82-66 victory over the outmanned Tigers.

Michigan will now take on the 8th seeded LSU Tigers who eliminated St. Bonaventure 76-61.

The Big 10 Conference factored in two of the biggest upsets of the Tournament’s 1st Round. The 2nd seeded Ohio State Buckeyes lost their opening round matchup against 15 seed Oral Roberts University 75-72. The 4th seeded Purdue Boilermakers fell to 13 seed North Texas 78-69.

Here are the results of the record 9 Big Ten teams competing in the 2021 NCAA Basketball Championship Tournament during Round 1

(1) Illinois 78 (16) Drexel 49

(1) Michigan 82 (16) South Texas 66

(2) Ohio State 72 (15) Oral Roberts 75 (OT)

(2) Iowa 86 (15) Grand Canyon 74

(4) Purdue 69 (13) North Texas 78 (OT)

(9) Wisconsin 85 (8) North Carolina 62

(10) Maryland 63 (7) UConn 54

(10) Rutgers 60 (7) Clemson 56

(11) Michigan State 80 (11) UCLA 86 (OT) (First Four)

Round 2 games are Sunday 3-21 and Monday 3-22.