Michigan advanced to the Elite Eight with a remarkable comeback win against Kansas on Friday night. The Jayhawks led by 14-points with 6:50 left in the second half, it was their largest lead of the game. Michigan outscored Kansas 33-17 in the final 11:30 of the game. During this stretch, Trey Burke had 15 points, while the Jayhawks had as many turnovers (5) as field goals.
Michigan was down 10 with 2:22 left to play and it seemed likely that we were watching the end of Trey Burke’s Michigan career. Only the National Player of the Year, is there any debate left on this topic, had a trip to the Elite Eight on his mind.
Here is a rundown on some of the key moments
Trey Burke hounded Elijah Johnson as he brought the ball up court and forced a rare 10 second violation
Glenn Robinson III stole the ball and threw down a dunk to cut the Jayahawks lead to 10 at 72-62
Burke sliced through the Kansas defense and fed Mitch McGary for a layup that pulled Michigan within 72-66
With 1:12 left to play, Burke knocked down a three pointer to pull the Wolverines even closer at 74-69
With 14 seconds left Burke went straight to the basket and hit a layup cut the Kansas to 76-73
Elijah Johnson missed the front end of a one and one, Tim Hardaway Jr corralled the rebound and immediately got the ball to Burke
Burke raced up court, wove around a Mitch McGary screen and from 28 feet away, hit a shot that will live in infamy. Tie game. Watch the video here
Naadir Tharpe missed what was a good look at a game winning three-pointer. The game moved into OT
Burke hit a another deep three to open the scoring in overtime
Burke hit a step back jumper from 19 feet over the top of Ben McLemore
McGary pulled down an offensive rebound and banked in shot to give Michigan an 85-82 lead. Video here
Glenn Robinson III with another steal. He was fouled immediately and then drained two big free throws that stretched Michigan’s lead to 87-82
Tharpe launched a triple at the buzzer that bounced high off the glass and eventually clanked off rim, Michigan wins!
Here is the team in the locker room after the game: MGoBlue.com
Just how remarkable were the performances by Trey Burke (23 points, 10 assists) and Mitch McGary (25 points, 14 rebounds)? Here is a closer look at the numbers courtesy of espn stats.
Trey Burke and Mitch McGary became just the 4th pair of teammates to record a 20-point, 10-assists game and a 25-point, 10-rebound game in the same NCAA Tournament contest.
Mitch McGary and Blake Griffin (2009) are the only players in the last 15 seasons with consecutive games of 21+ points and 14+ rebounds in the Men’s Basketball Championship. He is just the 6th player since seeding began in 1979 to have two such games in a single Men’s Basketball Championship.
Trey Burke is the fifth player to score at least 20 points and dish out at least 10 assists in a Sweet 16 game.
Trey Burke is the first Michigan player with at least 10 assists in an NCAA Tournament game since Jalen Rose in 1992.
Mitch McGary is the first Wolverine with two double-doubles in the same NCAA Tournament since Robert Traylor in 1998.
Michigan will play Florida on Sunday with a trip to the Final Four in the balance. Tip is scheduled for 2:20 (EST).
I wonder what Jeff Withey thinks about Mitch McGary now.
Glenn Robinson III is the unsung hero of the Kansas game. He scored 13 points, pulled down 8 rebounds (5 offensive) and notched 3 steals.
All five of Michigan’s starters reached double-digits in scoring.
So far in the NCAA Tournament Mitch McGary is averaging 19.7 points and 12.3 rebounds.
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