Yep. It was as bad as it looked.
Michigan was knocked down Thursday night in Texas Tech's Sweet 16, 63-44, thanks to an offensive freeze that evoked more memories of the four cornerstones of the attack than a team that started the season 17-0.
And these historically melancholy numbers sum up the loss:
Worst Loss of NCAA Tournaments since 1992
The 19-point defeat on Thursday was Michigan's worst defeat in the NCAA tournament since 1992, when the Wolverines arrived Duke fell, 71-51, in the national title game. Michigan striker Ignas Brazdeikis (13) speaks during a conversation with his teammate center. Jon Teske (15) The first half of the game Sweet 16 vs. Texas Tech at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Thursday, March 28, 2019. ” width=”540″ data-mycapture-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/03/29/PDTF/e1ed36ea-29ab-4a89-8af1-e094cdc9696b-03282019_umtt_1sthalf-15.jpg” data-mycapture-sm-src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/03/29/PDTF/e1ed36ea-29ab-4a89-8af1-e094cdc9696b-03282019_umtt_1sthalf-15.jpg?width=500&height=333″/>
Michigan striker Ignas Brazdeikis (13) speaks with his team-mate in the first half Jon Teske (15) of the Sweet 16 game against Texas Tech at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California, Thursday, March 28, 2019. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
The least points of UM in the NCAA tournament game … ever
Michigan's 44 points were the least in the NCAA tournament history. The previous record was 45 points and was achieved in 1948 against Holy Cross (before the 3-point line).
The lowest score of 2 seeds in the history of the NCAA
The headline puts it in a nutshell. Michigan had occasionally struggled offensively this season, but was still in 238th place nationwide with 70.5 points per game. According to the CBS broadcast, the results of the CBS broadcast were not only the least points in the history of the NCAA, but also the lowest points of the Wolverines in every game since a 45-42 defeat against Eastern Michigan on December 9, 2014.
1-fer from 3-point field
Walk-on CJ Baird, a former team manager, prevented UM from knocking 0-fer out of the 3-point area he one at the last minute. The Wolverines were 1:19 from low and scored a total of 32.7 percent.
Chris Thomas is a sports editor for the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @bychristhomas .