2:20 PM ET, March 31, 2013
Michigan routs Florida en route to 1st Final Four berth since 1993
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Trey Burke and Michigan had the perfect response for everyone who said they were too young or not tough enough to make it all the way to Atlanta.The championship trophy for the South Region is headed back to Ann Arbor, while another fabulous group of young Wolverines is going to the Final Four.Led by Burke and sharp-shooting guard Nik Stauskas, one of three freshmen starters, Michigan controlled Florida from start to finish in a 79-59 win Sunday.
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Leading The Way
Trey Burke, a leading candidate for National Player of the Year honors, has accounted for more points than any other player in this year's NCAA tournament.
|Ramon Galloway||La Salle||108|
|Deshaun Thomas||Ohio State||102|
|Malcolm Armstead||Wichita St.||98|
NCAA Mens Tournament
ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 31: Mitch McGary #4 of the Michigan Wolverines dunks against the Florida Gators in the...(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Around Champ Week
MVP: Michigan guard Nik Stauskas was 5-for-5 on 3-pointers and 6-for-6 overall in the first half, and the only thing he missed in the opening 20 minutes was one of his free throws, when he got fouled on a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer. He finally missed in the second half -- once -- and finished with 22 points on 7-for-8 shooting.
X factor: Florida's defense had been allowing foes to shoot only 37.9 percent overall and 30.3 percent from 3-point land this season. But Sunday, the Wolverines dictated tempo and made 47.5 percent of their shots, including half of their 3-pointers.
That was ... a surprising blowout from the get-go: Michigan opened the game with a Mitch McGary-led 13-0 run and led by as much as 41-17 in the first half. The Gators shot back to within 11 points about four minutes into the second half, until Stauskas -- who else? -- buried a 3. Trey Burke was a catalyst, finishing with 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and only one turnover.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||30-65 (.462)||23-56 (.411)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-19 (.526)||2-10 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-13 (.692)||11-17 (.647)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||13 (0/0)||11 (0/0)|
|» Mar 31, 2013||MICH 79, @FLA 59||Recap|
Erik Murphy's 11 field goal attempts without a make against Michigan are the second most in a single game in the last 17 Men's Basketball Championships.[+]
Most Field Goal Attempts Without a Make - Single Game, Last 17 Men's Basketball Championships
Florida is the first team to lose in the Elite 8 in 3 straight years. (Elite 8 started in 1951)
Nik Stauskas made all six of his attempts from behind the 3-point line in Michigan's win against Florida. He needed one dribble to get off his six attempts. Stauskas entered the game 1-for-9 on catch-and-shoot 3-point field goals in the Men's Basketball Championship.
Trey Burke was responsible for 40.5 percent (32 of 79) of Michigan's points Sunday, scoring 15 and having his seven assists lead to another 17. In Michigan's four tournament games, Burke has been responsible for 134 points, most in the tournament field.
Florida allowed 1.11 points per possession in its loss to Michigan, including 1.31 points per possession in the first half. Entering Sunday, the Gators had allowed 0.86 points per possession, third fewest in the nation. Florida finished the season 3-5 when allowing more than a point per possession and 26-3 when it did not.[+]
Florida Defense - This Season
Michigan scored a season-high 28 transition points in its win against Florida. The Wolverines previous season high was 27 transition points set in their win against VCU in the Round of 32. The Wolverines are now 11-1 when they score at least 20 transition points, with the one loss coming at Indiana on Feb. 2.[+]
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