Michigan, Louisville Advance to NCAA Tournament Regional FinalsEben Novy-Williams
The University of Michigan and University of Louisville advanced to the regional finals at the National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball men’s tournament.
The Wolverines rallied from a 14-point second half deficit to beat Kansas 87-85 in overtime at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. In the tournament’s first overtime game, Kansas missed shots to win at the end of both the second half and the extra period.
Michigan guard Trey Burke scored 23 points, including a three-point shot to tie the game at 76-76 with 4.2 seconds left in the second half. Wolverines forward Mitch McGary added 25 points and 14 rebounds.
“We just stuck with it,” Burke said in a televised interview after the game. “We’re in those situations every day in practice and we just try to find ways to come back and win. I’m so proud of my team.”
Michigan, in the regional finals for the first time since 1994, will face either Florida or Florida Gulf Coast in the South regional final on March 31.
In the first game of the evening, Louisville guard Russ Smith scored a game-high 31 points as the Cardinals, the top overall seed in the tournament, beat Oregon 77-69 for their 13th consecutive victory. Louisville took a 13-7 lead five minutes and 23 seconds into the game and never trailed again by less than six points.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino is now 11-0 in round of 16 games, including a 5-0 record with the Cardinals. The only top seed remaining in the tournament, Louisville is in the regional finals for the fourth time in the past six seasons, where they will meet the winner of tonight’s game between Duke and Michigan State.