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 Wolverines.
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 the Wolverines whipped Florida 79-to-59 in the South Regional final. Stauskas knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts and 7-of-8 field goal tries overall for Michigan, which scored the game's first 13 points.
They 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. Michigan will play Syracuse in the second semi-final game Saturday night in Atlanta.
Trey Burke added 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for Michigan yesterday and was named the Regional’s MVP.
Also Final Four bound is top-overall seed Louisville as the Cardinals pulled away in the second half Sunday evening to defeat second seeded Duke 85-63 in the Midwest Regional final in Indianapolis. Louisville will face Wichita State in the opening game of the Final Four. The Cardinals overcame the loss of backup point guard Kevin Ware, who suffered a gruesome broken leg trying to block a shot in the first half.