Midwest and South Sweet 16: A Trey to remember

Michigan stuns Kansas in OT as Burke's three caps rally in regulation
2013-03-30T00:00:00Z Midwest and South Sweet 16: A Trey to rememberThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 30, 2013 12:00 am  • 

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 28-foot, never-a-doubt three-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 three to open Michigan's scoring in overtime.

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

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 three-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 right of 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.

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 three at the buzzer.

"Well, this will go down as one of the toughest games obviously that we've been a part of ... and I've been a part of," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

• Duke 71, Michigan State 61: In Indianapolis, Seth Curry shot Duke right into the regional finals - and put Mike Krzyzewski on the verge of another major milestone.

Curry scored 29 points to lead the No. 2-seeded Blue Devils past No. 3-seeded Michigan State and into the Midwest Regional final.

If Duke (30-5) beats top-seeded Louisville (32-5) in Sunday's regional final, Krzyzewski would tie the late John Wooden's record of 12 Final Four trips with UCLA.

Michigan State (27-9) just couldn't keep up with Curry and Duke's shooters. Keith Appling had 16 points for the Spartans, and Adreian Payne finished with 14.

Curry's sixth three-pointer broke a 38-38 tie early in the second half, sending Duke on a 9-0 run. It also matched the school record for most threes in an NCAA tourney game, most recently accomplished by Jason Williams on March 22, 2001, against UCLA.

Rasheed Sulaimon had 16 points and Mason Plumlee finished with 14 for Duke. Krzyzewski is on the verge of breaking a second-place tie with North Carolina's Dean Smith and tying Wooden's mark.

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