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March Madness 2013, Sweet 16: Michigan Survives, FGCU Run Halted

Danny Lee |
March 29, 2013 | 11:07 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer

Michigan's Trey Burke sparked the Wolverines' comeback victory over No. 1-seeded Kansas to secure a spot in the Elite Eight. (MGoBlog/Creative Commons)
Michigan's Trey Burke sparked the Wolverines' comeback victory over No. 1-seeded Kansas to secure a spot in the Elite Eight. (MGoBlog/Creative Commons)
The Elite Eight field is finally set, but not before we said goodbye to another No. 1 seed and the tournament's biggest Cinderella story thus far. Here is a rundown of how Friday's round of games played out. 

Arlington, Texas

(4) Michigan 87, (1) Kansas 85 (OT)

A scoreless first half did not deter Trey Burke from leading the Wolverines to a come-from-behind victory over the top-seeded Jayhawks in the tourney's first overtime game.

With Kansas up 74-66 at the 1:22 mark, Burke, who went 0-for-4 from the field before halftime, popped two 3-pointers and a layup to help Michigan close the second half with a 10-2 run and force the extra period. Michigan continued to ride that momentum to open up a five-point lead in overtime, before KU's Elijah Johnson hit a 3-pointer to trim the lead to 87-85 with 45 seconds left.

The Jayhawks had the ball on the final possession with a chance to win or force a second overtime. With Michigan's Jordan Morgan trailing him ready to go up for a block, Johnson passed out of a layup to Naadir Tharpe, whose 3-point heave missed the mark as time expired.

With the win, the Wolverines will make their first regional final trip since 1994 during the famous Fab Five era. Mitch McGary had 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Burke had 23 points and 10 assists for the Wolverines. Ben McLemore led KU with 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting.

(3) Florida 62, (15) Florida Gulf Coast 50

The magical NCAA tournament run for FGCU came to an end, courtesy of in-state big brother, Florida.

The Gators forced 20 turnovers and collected 13 offensive rebounds to lock down an Eagles attack that averaged 79.8 points and 18 assists per game during upsets over No. 2-seeded Georgetown and seventh-seeded San Diego State.

FGCU sprinted out to a 24-14 start, but had trouble solving Florida's full-court press. The Gators went on a 16-2 run to close out the first half with a four-point lead, and was up by as many as 13 points in the second half.

Mike Rosario had 15 points and Scottie Wilbekin contributed 13 for Florida. Sherwood Brown led all Eagles with 14 points. Head coach Billy Donovan's squad will be making its third consecutive appearance in the Elite Eight.

Indianapolis, Ind.

(1) Louisville  77, (12) Oregon 69

Despite Louisville leading throughout the entire game, the 12th-seeded Ducks managed to remain within striking distance.

After trailing by 18 about halfway through the second half, Oregon closed the gap to 70-64 at the 5:13 mark. But that was when the Cardinals' defense came alive to hold the Ducks without a basket for more than four minutes to silence the run.

A Chane Behanan dunk off a Wayne Blackshear steal stretched the Louisville advantage to 74-64 with 3:10 on the clock and the Ducks could not get any closer. Louisville guard Russ Smith tied his career high with 31 points to pace three Cardinals in double figures.

Rick Pitino's Cardinals will be making their fourth Elite Eight appearance in the last six years. Pitino is now 11-0 in Sweet 16 games. Louisville has trailed its opponents for only 4 minutes, 29 seconds after 120 minutes of NCAA tournament action.

(2) Duke 71, (3) Michigan State 61

Seth Curry erupted for 29 points to lead the Blue Devils past the Spartans in a Sweet 16 showdown that pitted Duke's Mike Krzyzewski against Michigan State's Tom Izzo in a star-studded head coaching battle.

Curry opened the second half with three straight 3-pointers to pull Duke ahead after the Spartans had a one-point lead going into the locker room. The Blue Devils built a 47-38 lead during a stretch where the Spartans went six minutes without a field goal.

A Rasheed Sulaimon layup with 8:41 left gave Duke a double-digit lead at 56-46. Michigan State never seriously threatened from there on out.

This will mark the Blue Devils' 13th Elite Eight appearance under Krzyzewski. Duke will face Louisville on Sunday in a rematch of a November game that the Blue Devils won, 76-71.

Elite Eight Matchups (All games on CBS)

East Region (Washington, D.C.)
(4) Syracuse vs. (3) Marquette, (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.)

West Region (Los Angeles, Calif.)
(9) Wichita State vs. (2) Ohio State, (Saturday, 4:05 p.m.)

South Region (Arlington, Texas)
(4) Michigan vs. (3) Florida, (Sunday, 11:20 a.m.)

Midwest Region (Indianapolis, Ind.)
(2) Duke vs. (1) Louisville, (Sunday, 2:05 p.m.)

Record by conference (Leagues with at least one tourney win)

  • Big Ten: 12-5 (.706)
  • Big East: 9-5 (.643)
  • Atlantic 10: 7-5 (.583)
  • ACC: 6-3 (.667)
  • Pac-12: 5-5 (.500)
  • Missouri Valley: 4-1 (.800)
  • SEC: 4-2 (.667)
  • Big 12: 3-5 (.375)
  • Atlantic Sun: 2-1 (.667)
  • West Coast: 2-2 (.500)
  • Mountain West: 2-5 (.286)
  • Colonial: 1-1 (.500)
  • Conference USA: 1-1 (.500)
  • Ivy League: 1-1 (.500)
  • MEAC: 1-1 (.500)


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