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UM’s Zavier Simpson delivers latest defensive gem

Detroit News writers James Hawkins and John Niyo recap Michigan's convincing 99-72 win on Thursday at the Staples Center.

Los Angeles — Michigan sophomore guard Zavier Simpson heard the chatter and quickly silenced it.

On Wednesday, Texas A&M freshman guard T.J. Starks told reporters he thought he was “unstoppable” and “unguardable” heading into Thursday’s Sweet 16 showdown at Staples Center.

“I mean he’s supposed to say that. He’s a basketball player,” Simpson said. “Should he say another person can guard him? He’s supposed to be confident like that.”

Starks might not be any more after he learned the hard way about Simpson’s defensive prowess and was rendered a nonfactor in Michigan’s 99-72 shellacking of Texas A&M.