Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, March 29, 2013

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 paint on drives by perimeter players or entry passes to big man Jeff Withey en route to building a six-point halftime lead. KU shot 54 percent from the game but got soft on defense late and committed 13 turnovers.


Key moment: Michigan went on a late 15-6 run to cut Kansas? lead to 74-69 with 1:12 left on a Trey Burke 3-pointer. Then, Glenn Robinson III hit a crazy layup to make it 74-71 with 28.9 seconds left. After Kansas missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw, Burke bolted down court and drained a game-tying 3-pointer with 4.3 seconds left to force overtime. The Wolverines took over from there.

Key player: Mitch McGary gave 100 percent-and then some-as he continued to finish the season with a flurry. The big freshman hit 12-of-17 shots for 25 points and had 14 rebounds. But Trey Burke stole the show, scoring 23 points-all in the second half-and hitting a game-tying 3-pointer in the dying seconds to force overtime. The sophomore sensation hit 9-of-21 shots (4-of-11 from beyond the arc) along with dishing 10 assists. It was a simply amazing effort.

Key number: 9, turnovers for Michigan, most of which came in the first half. The Wolverines took care of the ball in the second half on the way to scoring 42 points. Another key figure: Michigan had 40 rebounds to 37 for KU, despite the Jayhawks having a big size edge.

What?s next: Michigan will play the winner of the No. 3 Florida-No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast game in the Elite Eight for a chance to advance to the Final Four. The Wolverines haven?t been to the Elite Eight since 1994. They haven?t been to the Final Four since 1993, when they lost to North Carolina in the national title game in the infamous Chris Webber timeout game.