In an NCAA tournament that has seen plenty of slow, low-scoring games, Michigan basketball might have just set the new standard.
In the first 20 minutes of basketball in their game against 3-seed Texas Tech, the Wolverines posted all of 16 points. Per CBS’ broadcast, that set an NCAA tournament record for fewest points in first half.
Texas Tech coach Chris Beard’s reaction to that stat pretty much summed it up:
The performance became even more brutal when you look at the smaller stats that added up to it.
The gory stats of Michigan’s awful first half
Some quick first-half stats from Texas Tech-Michigan:
Michigan’s leading scorers, a four-way tie between four different players, had four points.
No other players scored for Michigan, even though four other players attempted field goals.
Michigan averaged .552 points per possession.
The Wolverines finished 7-for-25 from the field, and 0-for-9 from 3-point range.
The Wolverines posted seven turnovers, less than two under their season-average 8.9, which was the best mark in the NCAA entering Thursday.
Texas Tech matched their lowest scoring first half of the season … and entered halftime up eight.
Naturally, the internet had jokes about the slow, slow game they all stayed up late into the night for:
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