March 29, 2013
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Site: Arlington, Texas (Cowboys Stadium)
Event: NCAA Tournament (South Regional Semifinal)
Score: #10 Michigan 87, #3 Kansas 85 (OT)
Records: U-M (29-7), Kansas (31-6)
Next U-M Event: Sunday, March 31 -- vs. Florida - NCAA South Regional Final (Arlington, Texas), 1:20 p.m. CDT (TV: CBS)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Behind double-double performances by freshman forward Mitch McGary (Chesteron, Ind./Brewster Academy [N.H.]) (25 points and 14 rebounds) and sophomore guard Trey Burke (Columbus, Ohio/Northland HS) (23 points and 10 assists), the University of Michigan men's basketball team (No. 10 AP, No. 11 Coaches) defeated top-seeded Kansas (No. 3 AP, No. 3 Coaches), 87-85, in overtime on Friday night (Mar. 29) inside Cowboys Stadium. The fourth-seeded Wolverines trailed by 14 points before outscoring the Jayhawks 23-8 over the final seven minutes of the second half -- capped by a long triple by Burke in the waning seconds to send the game into overtime and advance to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight for the first time since the 1993-1994 season.
Tim Hardaway Jr.
Freshman guard Glenn Robinson III (St. John, Ind./Lake Central), freshman guard Nik Stauskas (Mississauga, Ontario, Canada/St. Mark's School [Mass.]) and junior guard Tim Hardaway Jr. (Miami, Fla./Palmetto Senior) also contributed in double-digit scoring. Robinson finished with 13 points and eight rebounds, while Stauskas and Hardaway added 11 and 10 points, respectively.
After six-and-a-half minutes of even play, Kansas made a three-pointer to go up 14 (68-54) with a little less than seven minutes on the clock. However, a jumper by Burke followed by a slam by Hardaway started a 12-4 U-M run into the last minute and a half of the period. The Jayhawks made a pair from the charity stripe, before Burke nailed one from behind the arc to get within five (74-69).
With 30 seconds to play, Hardaway's three-point attempt missed, but Robinson grabbed the offensive rebound and converted the put-back to cut Michigan's deficit to three. KU then made two more from the free throw line, but Burke made a layup and a deep three consecutively to tie the game at 76 with four seconds on the clock. Kansas' last-second attempt missed to send the game into overtime.
The Jayhawks made the first basket of the extra period, before Burke knocked down another triple help U-M to take its first lead of the game since the 15:32 mark of the first half. Then, McGary scored four straight points to put the Maize and Blue up three (85-82) with a minute to play.
Robinson picked up a steal on the other end and drained both of his subsequent free throw attempts after getting fouled on the way to the basket. A triple by Kansas cut the lead to just two with 45 seconds remaining, but the last-second three-point attempt missed after a shot-clock violation by Michigan to get to the final point difference.
The Jayhawks went inside for 10 points to put together a 12-2 run early in the first half, until Hardaway nailed one from behind the arc to cut the Wolverines' deficit to six (20-14) at the 10:56 mark. Over the next five minutes, however, Kansas pushed its lead to 27-17.
With 1:13 to play in the half, McGary put together an old fashioned three-point play, before Stauskas knocked down a triple to put Michigan back at a six-point deficit. Neither team could get a basket off before the clock expired, and U-M entered the break down, 40-34.
Three-and-a-half minutes into the second half, Burke converted a layup followed by an old-fashioned three-point play on consecutive possessions to get within two, 46-44, but KU responded with a 10-2 run to extend its lead to double digits once again at the 13:18 mark.
While Kansas made 36-of-66 (55 percent) from the field, including 6-of-16 (38 percent) from behind the arc, Michigan shot 35-of-71 (49 percent) from the floor in the game and 8-of-23 (35 percent). The Jayhawks outscored the Wolverines 60-40 in the paint, but U-M capitalized off KU's 13 turnovers with 17 points.
Michigan will face No. 3 seed Florida, a 62-50 winner over Florida Gulf Coast, on Sunday (March 31) for the South Regional championship and a trip to the Final Four. The game will tip off at 1:20 p.m. CDT and be televised by CBS.
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