Michigan advanced to the Elite Eight with an 87-85 overtime victory over Kansas that contained some of the most exciting moments of the 2013 tournament.
Kansas held a first half lead of just six points on 19-for-28 (68%) shooting, but the Wolverines would not go away, even when the Jayhawks led by ten points with three minutes to play.
Mitch McGary had kept Michigan close by making just about every shot that presented itself, but as time became an issue, Trey Burke, who had spent much of the game feeding McGary in the post, took matters into his own hands, helping to erase the Kansas lead, scoring eight of Michigan's final nine points, including the game-tying 30-foot bomb with under five seconds left that sent the contest into overtime.
In the OT, Burke scored five points and McGary four, to outlast the Jayhawks and advance to Sunday's reional final match-up with Florida.
Michigan had five players in double figures. Burke and McGary accounted for 48 points between them. Burke scored all of his 23 in the second half and overtime, making 9 of 21 overall and going 4-for-11 from three-point range. He also added 10 assists.
McGary outdueled Kansas big man, seven-footer Jeff Withey, making 12 of 17 for a game-high 25 points, with 14 rebounds.
The rare duo double-double was a testament to Michigan's perseverance and commitment to excellence even when the chips were down.
Tournament Conference Scoreboard
Through games of 3/29
Through games of 3/29
|Conference (# of teams)||W-L||Winners (wins)|
|ACC (4)||6-3||Duke (3) Miami (2) North Carolina (1)|
|Atlantic 10 (5)||7-5||LaSalle (3) Butler (1) St. Louis (1) VCU (1) Temple (1)|
|Big 12 (6)||3-6||Iowa St. (1) Kansas (2)|
|Big East (8)||9-5||Marquette(3) Louisville (3) Syracuse (3)|
|Big Ten (7)||12-5||Mich. St. (2) Michigan (3) Indiana (2) Illinois (1) Ohio St. (3) Minnesota (1)|
|PAC-12 (5)||5-5||Oregon (2) Arizona (2) Cal (1)|
|SEC (4)||4-2||Mississippi (1) Florida (3)|
|Missouri Valley (2)||4-1||Wichita St. (3) Creighton (1)|
|Mountain West (5)||2-5||Colorado St. (1) San Diego St. (1)|
|WCC (2)||2-2||St. Mary's (1) Gonzaga (1)|
|Sun Belt (2)||0-2||--|
|All Others (19)||6-21||NC A&T (1) James Madison (1) Memphis (1) Harvard (1) Florida Gulf Coast (2)|