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!?!?
Trey Burke scored all 23 of his points after halftime, including a long, tying 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in the South Regional semifinals Friday night. The fourth-seeded Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead in the last 3 minutes of regulation, and Burke gave them their first lead since early in the game with another long 3 to open Michigan’s scoring in overtime. Michigan (29-7) reached the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago, the last time they were in the round of
Recently we previewed Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games involving Big Ten teams. Today, we look at Friday’s matchups for the two representatives from the Great Lakes State. Tonight’s games: Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 p.m. ET, then Michigan State vs. Duke, approx. 9:45 pm ET, Indianapolis, IN Friday Michigan vs. Kansas, 7:37 pm ET, Arlington, TX This matchup is fascinating. Kansas sports the nation’s best two-point defense, led by shotblocker extraordinaire Jeff Withey, while Michigan’s vaunted offense led the Big Ten in two-point shooting. Will Withey’s presence stifle the Beilein offense, or will the emergence of Mitch McGary as an offensive rebounding beast force the
The dust has cleared and only 16 teams are standing in the NCAA tourney—four of them are Big Ten schools. The league more than acquitted itself in the opening three rounds of the Big Dance, forging a 10-3 mark from the seven teams that competed. No. 5 Wisconsin was the only Big Ten team that failed to win a game, falling to Ole Miss. No. 11 Minnesota (UCLA) and No. 7 Illinois (Colorado) each won a game before falling to Florida and Miami (Fla.), respectively, in the third round. No. 1 Indiana, No. 2 Ohio State, No. 3 Michigan State