NCAA Tournament Sweet 16:
Final OT: Michigan Wolverines 87 Kansas Jayhawks 85
Michigan and Kansas battled each other in a physical fist half. With each team taking the lead in the first five minutes of the game, the Kansas Jayhawks jumped out to a 20-11 lead with 11:13 left in the first half. The Jayhawks extended the lead to ten points when Forward Kevin Young slashed the Michigan defense with a drive through the lane with 2:10 on the clock. The Michigan Wolverines pulled within four points at the half, trailing 40-34.
Michigan forward Trey Burke was silent for the first 20 minutes of the game and was the only Wolverine starter who did not score. He found his groove in the second half, scoring 8 of Michigan’s first ten points in the second half. With Burke’s quick start, the Wolverines cut the Jayhawks lead to two points with 15:48 left in the game.
Kansas responded with an offensive outburst of their own, and led by the score of 56-46 with just over thirteen minutes on the clock. After leading by double digits, the Jayhawks allowed Michigan to climb back into the game. After a missed free throw from Elijah Johnson, Burke hit a three pointer to tie the game with 4.2 seconds left. Kansas reserve Guard Naadir Tharpe missed a three point attempt as time expired, sending the game into overtime.
Trey Burke and Mitch McGary took control for Michigan in overtime and Michigan led 87-82 with 52.2 seconds left. Kansas responded with a three pointer from Johnson closing the Wolverines lead to two points with 47 seconds left. Kansas missed a three pointer as time expired, giving Michigan the 87-85 win.
Michigan was led by Mitch McGary’s 25 points and 13 rebounds. Michigan will meet the winner of tonight’s Florida/Florida Gulf Coast game on Sunday in The Elite Eight.