staff, March 23, 2013

Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through VCU's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU, and although Michigan (28-7) committed 12 turnovers, the Rams couldn't turn many of them into quick scoring opportunities.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding. VCU had no answer for him around the basket, and when the Rams couldn't create easy baskets with their pressure, they were finished.


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FINAL: Mitch McGary scored 21 points, on 10-of-11 from the field, and grabbed 14 rebounds to lift No. 10 Michigan to a 78-53 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills. Glenn Robinson III scored 14 points, pulled down nine rebounds, and went 7-of-10 from the field to help Michigan to its first Sweet 16 since 1994. The Wolverines shot 52 percent from the field (31-of-60) and also grabbed 12 offensive rebounds. More Michigan scoring came from Trey Burke (18 points) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (14). The Wolverines won the battle on the boards (41-26) and made more free throws (10) than VCU attempted (6).

HALFTIME: Mitch McGary scored six points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 10 Michigan leads VCU, 38-23, at the half. Trey Burke (11 points, 4 assists) and Glenn Robinson III (10 points, five rebounds) each also had big first 20 minutes for Michigan, which outbrebounded VCU, 25-15. Michigan has been effective inside, making 12-of-19 two-point field goals, but the Wolverines have struggled on the perimeter, shooting 3-for-12 from three-point range. Treveon Graham led Virginia Commonwealth in the first half, with nine points.

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