NCAA Tournament roundup: Wolverines crush Gators, advance to Final Four
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida
in the South Regional final
The Wolverines (30-7) scored the first 13 points in Arlington, Texas, and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year.
Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead.
Sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten player of the year, added 15 points for Michigan. Mitch McGary, another freshman, had 11 points and nine rebounds. He scored eight in the opening 13-0 run.
Kenny Boynton and Will
Yeguette had 13 points each for Florida.
The Wolverines, with a steady rotation of six freshmen and a sophomore, are headed to Atlanta to play Syracuse (30-9) in a national semifinal game Saturday.
No. 9 Wichita State 70, No. 2 Ohio State 66: Malcolm Armstead scored 14 points, Fred Van Vleet bounced in a basket with 1 minute left, and the Shockers earned their first trip to the Final Four since 1965 on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Van Vleet scored 12 points, as the Shockers (30-8) ended an 11-game winning streak for the Buckeyes (29-8), who were trying to return to the Final Four.
Wichita State roared to a 20-point lead with 11 minutes to play after Ohio State played an awful first half, but LaQuinton Ross scored 15 of his 19 points after halftime, leading a ferocious rally to within three points in the final minutes.
No. 4 Syracuse 55, No. 3
Marquette 39: Using its trapping, shot-challenging 2-3 zone to perfect effect for 40 minutes, the Orange crushed Marquette’s offense in the East Regional final Saturday in Washington.
Syracuse (30-9) was led by senior forward James Southerland’s 16 points.
Marquette (26-9) hadn’t scored fewer than 47 points this season. The Golden Eagles shot 12-for-53 from the field and 3-for-24 on 3-pointers. Vander Blue was held to 14 points on 3-for-15 shooting.