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Michigan rallies to beat Kansas; Duke rolls past Spartans

Burke refuses to lose

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 11:59 p.m. CST
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Kansas' Jeff Withey (left) and Michigan's Trey Burke go after a loose ball during Friday's game in Arlington, Texas. Michigan won 87-85 in overtime.

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.

Duke 71, Michigan St. 61: 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 second-seeded Blue Devils past third-seeded Michigan State in the Midwest Regional final in Indianapolis.

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

The Spartans (27-9) were led by Keith Appling with 16 points and Adreian Payne with 14.

Louisville 77, Oregon 69: 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, Russ 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 in a Midwest Regional semifinal in Indianapolis.

"Without Russ Smith, we couldn't win," said Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who improved to 11-0 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

Louisville (32-5) has been nearly untouchable during its 13-game winning streak, beating opponents by an average of 17 points.

 

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