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March 30, 2013

NCAA Sweet 16: Michigan storms back to stun Jayhawks

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Trey Burke never doubted he could lead Michigan to its deepest NCAA tournament run since the Fab Five in 1994.

Not after a scoreless first half. Not when the Wolverines trailed top-seeded Kansas by 14 with less than 7 minutes left — or by 5 with 21 seconds left.

And definitely not when he got the ball in his hands and the seconds draining away.

Burke scored all 23 of his points in the second half and overtime, including a long, tying 3-pointer in the final moments of regulation as Michigan rallied to beat Kansas 87-85 in the South Regional semifinals.

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 fourth-seeded Wolverines (29-7) 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 and Michigan got the rebound.

Moments earlier, with 21 seconds remaining, Johnson had hit two from the line to keep the Kansas lead at five.

Burke had scored on a layup to get Michigan back to within three.

Cold, Oregon can’t stop Cards’ Smith

INDIANAPOLIS — Even a nasty cold can’t stop Russ Smith.

With his teammates struggling with the virus he gave them and top-seeded Louisville facing its toughest test of the postseason, he put on his best show yet.

He matched his career high of 31 points and the Cardinals proved they can win close games, too, beating Oregon 77-69.

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