Hail! Michigan Goes to Final Four by Pummeling Gators
comeback against Kansas in the Sweet 16 is among the most memorable of
the tournament. The Wolverines were able to carry that late surge into
the Florida game as they came out confident and in control.
the best efforts of the Gators, the game was never in doubt from there
as the Wolverines ran away with a 79-59 victory to join Syracuse,
Wichita State, and the winner of Louisville-Duke in the Final Four.
the tip-off, the Wolverines were dominant. They opened a 13-0 lead with
big man Mitch McGary serving as the primary catalyst, scoring 8 points
in the opening 3 minutes. The Gators were able to slow him down in the
remainder of the game, and he totaled only 11 points by the close of the
Wolverines held on to maintain a commanding 47-30 lead at the half, in
large part due to the efforts of Nik Stauskas who went 5/5 from three
point range and scored 19 points in the first 20 minutes. He finished
with 22 points for the Wolverines and 6/6 from beyond the arc after a
slower second half.
the Gators ended the first half and began the second with a little
momentum, and it seemed like they may be able to mount a run.
a surge never took place, and Michigan marched to the win. Guard Kenny
Boynton and reserve Will Yeguete led the way for the Gators with 13
Sports MVP Trey Burke added 15 points for the Wolverines despite
suffering from an illness. Sons of former NBA stars Tim Hardaway and
Glenn Robinson, Tim Hardaway, Jr. and Glenn Robinson III, contributed 9
and 6 points respectively.
will play Syracuse on Saturday in a match up of #4 seeds and a battle
of the Big Ten and Big East. It also matches the potent offensive
talents of the Wolverines against the stellar defense of the Orangemen.