On its way to its first Final Four since 1993, Michigan compiled plenty of highlights. From Mitch McGary’s swat of Aaron White to Trey Burke’s deep 3 to send Michigan to overtime against Kansas, BTN.com’s Brent Yarina singles out some of his favorite moments along the Wolverines’ path to Atlanta. [ RELATED: Get your first look at the 2013 Final Four court ] Nik Stauskas hits sixth trey in as many attempts vs. Florida: Trey Burke drains deep 3 vs. Kansas: Trey Burke late steal, slam to drop Michigan State: Trey Burke fakes behind-the-back pass on transition layup vs. Michigan
A weekend that began with promise for the Big Ten ended amid more disappointment than joy. Many felt the nation’s best league had a chance for multiple teams in the Final Four—maybe even four. But in the end, Michigan was the lone survivor. In fact, the Wolverines and Ohio State were the only Big Ten team to make it to the Elite Eight. No. 1 Indiana and No. 3 Michigan State fell in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse and Duke, respectively. The Orange, for what it’s worth, advanced to the Final Four. Michigan is in the Final Four for the
With two-and-a-half minutes left against Kansas, Michigan was losing by 10, and its season looked done. From that point on, Michigan went on a 104-72 run over the rest of the weekend. Trey Burke’s heroics were followed up by the complete demolition of Florida, which had the unfortunate luck of drawing “December Michigan.” If you recall, this was the Wolverines team that wasn’t all that fond of missing shots. Back then, Nik Stauskas was hitting something like 60 percent of his three-point attempts. Against Florida, he made all six. But the real story over this Tournament has been the play
Michigan steamrolled Florida, 79-59, Sunday to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta. The Wolverines dominated from the start, scoring the game’s first 13 points, and never looked back. Nik Stauskas went 7-of-8 from the field, including 6-of-6 from distance, and scored a game-high 22 points to pace Michigan. View our photo gallery from Michigan’s win in this post. Below, find some of the best shots from today’s Final Four-clinching win.
Michigan raced to a 13-0 lead and led by as many as 24 points en route to dismantling Florida 79-59 on Sunday afternoon in the South Region final. With the convincing win, the Wolverines punched their ticket to the Final Four in Atlanta. Get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s instant reaction to Michigan’s big-time win in this post. Why Michigan won: You name an area of the game, and Michigan dominated it in the opening half. So, the game essentially was over at that point. Michigan scorched the nets in the opening 20 minutes, hitting 51 percent of its shots
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida in the South Regional final Sunday. The Wolverines (30-7) scored the game’s first 13 points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year. Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Check out
The Final Four doesn’t tip until Saturday, but the floor is set at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Get your first look at this year’s Final Four court, courtesy of @gashaheen, in this post. It looks a lot like what we’ve become accustom to in recent years, with the Final Four logo at midcourt and a plain court that’s only color is found on the baselines and the top of the keys. One thing’s for sure: This year’s color scheme is better than last season’s version in New Orleans. And it’s always a positive when another year passes without seeing
The NCAA tournament is all about unforgettable late-game heroics, and the Big Ten has provided its fans with several where-was-I-when-that-happened moments. Honestly, who’s going to forget some of the dramatic 3-pointers we’ve seen this tournament? Watch Aaron Craft, Victor Oladipo, LaQuinton Ross and Trey Burke’s big-time treys in this post. Which one was the best? Vote below: Aaron Craft vs. Iowa State VIDEO – #Buckeyes Aaron Craft drills late 3-pointer to down Iowa State. #MarchMadness http://t.co/m0606vfFg2 — Brent Yarina (@BTNBrentYarina) March 30, 2013 Victor Oladipo vs. Temple VIDEO – #Hoosiers Victor Oladipo drains trey to help Indiana down feisty Temple.
Time and again, Michigan looked dead in the water. But the Wolverines never stopped fighting, rallying from 14 points down to force overtime and win in the extra session. Trey Burke played like the national player of the year. He went 0-for-4 in the first half and didn’t score. But he came alive after intermission, scoring 23 points (five in OT) to save the day. For most of the game, Kansas utterly dominated in the paint, scoring its first 22 points of the game in the lane. In fact, the Jayhawks scored 34 of their 40 first-half points in the
It’s a shot Michigan fans won’t soon forget. Down 76-73 in the final seconds of Friday’s Sweet 16 game vs. Kansas, Trey Burke hit a deep 3-pointer to force overtime. The Wolverines, of course, went on to win the game and advance to the Elite Eight. See a couple photos of the shot in this post, plus the tweet with the video moment from NCAA.com. [ FACEBOOK: What were you doing when clock hit 0.0? ] Have a look at these poster-worthy photos from USA Today Sports: And here’s the tweet with the video: VIDEO – Can you believe it!?!?