Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michigan Rally Stuns Kansas

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Michigan Rally Stuns Kansas

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ARLINGTON, Texas Trey Burke shook off one of his worst starts with the best shot of his life.

Burke bounced back from a scoreless first half to score 23 points, including a long, never-a-doubt 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in overtime in the South Regional semifinals Friday night.

The fourth-seeded Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead in the last 3 minutes of regulation, and Burke gave them their first lead since early in the game with another long 3 to open Michigan's scoring in overtime.

"This guy was a champ all the way through it," Michigan coach John Beilein said.

They'll certainly remember this one in Ann Arbor for a while.

The Wolverines (29-7) reached the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago, the last time they were in the round of 16.

Ben McLemore had 20 points to lead the

Jayhawks (31-6), who looked to be on their way to a third straight regional final before Michigan's improbable rally. Instead, they became the third No. 1 seed to fall in this tournament, joining Gonzaga and Indiana.

The Wolverines were down five when Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3- pointer with 35 seconds left, but Glenn Robinson III won a scramble for the ball and hit a reverse layup to force Kansas to win the game at the free throw line.

The Jayhawks couldn't do it. Burke's tying shot he pulled up from well beyond the arc just left of the key came with 4.2 seconds left after Elijah Johnson missed a free throw moments after hitting two to keep the Kansas lead at five. Burke had scored on a layup to get Michigan back to within three.

"I'm so proud of my team because a lot of people say we're young, but we stuck with it tonight," Burke said. "I'm just so happy right now. We stayed together and we got the win."

The lead changed hands five times in overtime the first OT game of the tournament the last when Mitch McGary, who led Michigan with 25 points and 14 rebounds, hit a short jumper with Johnson in his face to put Michigan ahead for good 83-82.

The Jayhawks got a stop and had about 9 seconds to tie or win, but a jumbled possession ended with Naadir Tharpe missing a running jumper at the buzzer. …

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