Michigan moves on with a late great comeback to knock off Kansas but Michigan State’s season is done as Duke stopped the Spartans and the Elite Eight is now set in the NCAA Tournament.
Down 14 points last night with under seven minutes remaining and trailing by ten with 2:22 left in the game, Michigan looked like a beaten team. Trey Burke, though, scored all 23 of his points after halftime, and hit the tying 3-pointer in the dying seconds of regulation, and the Wolverines beat the top-seeded Jayhawks 87-85 in overtime in the South Regional semifinals. Fourth seed Michigan will now meet third seeded Florida tomorrow afternoon at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington with the winner advancing to the Final Four in Atlanta.
Burke also had ten assists last night with a lot of the helpers going to Mitch McGary, who finished with 25 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Meanwhile, at Indianapolis, Michigan State couldn’t stay up with Duke in the second half and the second seeded Blue Devils downed the Spartans 71-61 setting up a date for Duke on Sunday with overall top-seed Louisville. The game was tied in the second half when Duke went on a 9-to-0 run to go up 47-to-38 and Michigan State never really recovered.
Keith Appling led the Spartans with 16 points while Adreian Payne added 14 with 10 rebounds in the loss.
Duke was nearly perfect at the line, hitting 24 of 26 free throws while MSU made only 7 field goals in the second half.