Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - A fabulous all-around performance has
Michigan in the Final Four for the first time since the days of the Fab Five.
And fittingly, it was a pair of freshmen that led the charge for the
Nik Stauskas delivered a near-perfect shooting display to match a career high
with 22 points, while Mitch McGary came through with 11 points and nine
rebounds as Michigan put forth a 79-59 drubbing of Florida in the South
Stauskas knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts and 7-of-8 field goal
tries overall for Michigan (30-7), which netted the game's first 13 points,
led by as many as 24 in the first half and never allowed the Gators to
seriously challenge the rest of the way en route to reaching the National
Semifinal for the first time since 1993, though that trip would be later
vacated due to NCAA violations.
Trey Burke did his part as well in getting the fourth-seeded Wolverines to
Atlanta for a showdown with East Region champion Syracuse next Saturday. The
hero of Michigan's overtime comeback victory over Kansas in Friday's Sweet 16
contributed 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out seven
The Wolverines were also able to effectively neutralize Mike Rosario and Erik
Murphy, Florida's top two scorers on the season. Murphy finished a miserable
0-of-11 from the floor in a scoreless effort, with Rosario managing only nine
points and missing all four of his 3-point attempts.
Will Yeguete and Kenny Boynton each scored 13 points for a third-seeded
Florida (29-8) squad that was ousted in the Elite 8 for a third consecutive
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