Mar 23, 2013; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) hangs from the basket after a dunk in the second half against the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at The Palace. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

2013 NCAA Tournament: Michigan Wolverines Dismiss Virginia Commonwealth 78-53


The Michigan Wolverines made quick work of the VCU Rams. Many people, myself included, thought Virginia Commonwealth was going to move on to The Sweet 16. The Michigan Wolverines had struggled down the stretch, losing three of their last six games heading into the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines responded to their critics by taking down South Dakota State 71-56 in the round of 64 and dismissed Virginia Commonwealth 78-53 to advance to the Sweet 16.

Michigan and VCU traded baskets early with both teams leading and no one pulling away. Then the Wolverines superior athleticism and ability took over. The unselfish play from Michigan allowed everyone to get involved, and the Big Ten Titans started to pull away, leading 38-23 at the half.

Four Wolverines scored in double digits. Big Ten Player of the Year Trey Burke had a solid offensive output with 18 points, but turned the ball over 7 times. The surprising star for Michigan was Freshman forward Mitch McGary who ended the game with a double-double, turning out 21 points and 14 rebounds. McGary made a statement and gave Michigan another look, showing the teams ability to hav a major inside presence. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glen Robinson III contributed 14 points each in the win for the Michigan Wolverines.

Michigan will now face the winner of tomorrow’s game between #1 Seed Kansas and #8 Seed North Carolina.

 

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