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March 29, 2013

Instant Recap: Michigan stuns Kansas in overtime

Michigan gave up 34 points in the paint in the first half, got zero points from sophomore point guard and player of the year candidate Trey Burke - and trailed only 40-34 despite Kansas shooting 67.9 percent from the floor. The Wolverines didn't play to their potential until three minutes remained - then they mounted a furious rally to come from 14 back and tie it in regulation on a long, Trey Burke triple with 4.2 seconds remaining.

The Wolverines then won it in overtime, 87-85, to advance to the Elite Eight.

Michigan actually enjoyed some success inside early, challenging KU big man Jeff Withey and succeeding. They missed opportunities, though, turning it over six times (mostly unforced) and missing wide-open looks from three-point range, though they did make four of 11.

Michigan was able to stay in it with some timely triples, including one from junior Tim Hardaway Jr. (five points) that cut a 20-11 deficit to six, and another from freshman Nik Stauskas, who missed his first two wide open triples before responding with a triple from the corner to cap the first half scoring. He missed a free throw on the and-one, though, part of U-M's 2-for-6 showing.

U-M's guards had trouble defending Kansas' guards off the dribble, even with Elijah Johnson on the bench for all but three minutes due to foul trouble. Johnson could have been tossed early in the game for a flagrant shot to U-M big man Mitch McGary's groin, but he was charged for a flagrant one, instead. McGary missed both free throws, and Michigan didn't score after getting the ball back.

Withey started to pick it up on defense in the latter part of the half. He blocked two shots and notched five rebounds, and while U-M did a good job on the glass, limiting the Jayhawks to three offensive rebounds, they couldn't get stops in the paint. Kansas ballooned the lead to 10 on three occasions but the Wolverines responded each time with a key shot or two to stay in it, even when the Jayhawks' Ben McLemore (10 points) banked in a triple from the top of the key.

Burke was held scoreless in the first half for U-M but notched five assists to three turnovers in 19 minutes. McGary totaled 11 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes, Stauskas added nine points and Robinson five for the Wolverines. The Jayhawks didn't miss consecutive field goals in the first half, but still only led by six.

Second Half

Michigan opened the second half with a stop and an and-one on a feed from McGary to Robinson - who missed the free throw. After a Withey finish, Burke finally scored his first points on a triple from the top to cut it to 42-39.

Robinson III turned it over, however, and Michigan was slow back down the court, allowing Kevin Young to finish.

Hardaway picked up his three foul at 17:38 and took a seat. Burke and his teammates go going without him, Burke driving and scoring and then finishing an and-one with a drive in transition to make it 46-44 at 15:48.

Michigan, though, continued to struggle with KU's guards off the dribble. Travis Releford scored on a blow-by and McLemore tripled from the corner to push the lead back to seven quickly. It was 10 after a three-point play in transition by Elijah Johnson.

Hardaway scored for Michigan on the wing, but Kansas took advantage of a Burke missed three, a no-call on an apparent foul on the rebound and a triple to take its biggest lead, 11 points, at 11:00

It remaind 11 at 6:45 until Trey Burke hoisted three straight misses. Kansas provided an apparent dagger at 6:30 with a triple that pushed it to 14, but the Wolverines countered with four straight to cut it to 68-58 on a jumper by Burke and a finish in transition from Hardaway Jr. At that point, the Jayhawks had scored a whopping 50 points in the paint, abusing the Wolverines off the dribble, and Burke was only 4-for-13 from the floor, 1-for-7 from long range.

The Wolverines were in the bonus at 5:15 when Jordan Morgan was fouled on a rebound. He made one-of-two to bring it back to nine. Stauskas, though, missed the front end of a one-and-one at 4:15 after a Kansas finish, and it looked as though the writing was on the wall.

U-M kept fighting. A Robinson steal and dunk and a McGary finish from Burke cut it to 72-66 at 1:36. Burke's step-back triple at 1:12 made it a five-point game. Robinson III cut it to 74-71 at 28.9 when Morgan went to the floor for a loose ball and the frosh finished.

A Burke drive and finish followed two Kansas free throws, and when Elijah Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, Burke nailed a 25-footer with 4.2 seconds remaining to tie it at 76.

Overtime

Kansas scored inside (where else) to open the scoring, but Burke countered with a long triple form the top to give the Wolverines their first lead with just under 4:00 remaining. Travis Releford made two free throws to put Kansas back up one before Burke countered with a long two.

Johnson's long triple rimmed out, but when Stauskas missed a three, Kansas scored in transition to back up one. McGary then answered with a short, baseline jumperat 2:10, and back and forth they went. A McGary stick-back made it 85-82 Wolverines at 1:02.

A Robinson III steal at 52.2 forced a KU foul. The freshman made two free throws to make it 87-82 at :52.2, but the Jayhawks wouldn't go away. Johnson hit a long triple to cut it to 87-85 with 45 seconds remaining.

Michigan ran clock and had 10 seconds between the shot clock and game clock when Beilein called timeout with 23.4 seconds remaining. Burke's driving lay-up was partially blocked, and McGary missed the putback. The Jayhawks missed a triple at the buzzer to give the Wolverines the win.

McGary notched 25 and 14, Burke 23 and 10 assists to lead Michigan, which is Elite Eight bound.


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