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Michigan ousts Kansas in NCAA

ARLINGTON, Texas — Trey Burke never doubted he could lead Michigan to its deepest NCAA Tournament run since the Fab Five era.

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

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

Burke had 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 a South Region semifinal Friday night.

"We never lost faith out there," said Burke, the first player with 20 points and 10 assists in a Sweet 16 game since Billy Donovan for Providence in 1987. "We stuck it out together."

Ben McLemore had 20 points to lead KU (31-6), the third No. 1 seed to fall in the tournament.

"Well, this will certainly go down as one of the toughest games that obviously we've been a part of and I've been a part of," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "But props to Michigan for making all the plays late."

The fourth-seeded Wolverines (29-7), in their first Sweet 16 game since 1994, trailed 74-69 with 35 seconds left when Glenn Robinson III won a loose ball and hit a reverse layup.

Burke's tying shot from well beyond the arc came with 4.2 seconds left after Elijah Johnson missed a free throw and Michigan got the rebound.

Moments earlier, Johnson hit two free throws and Burke answered with a layup, helping set up his 3 and the first OT of this tournament. "We never had the mind-set that we were going to lose the game," Burke said. "It's March, anything can happen."

Michigan ousts Kansas in NCAA 03/29/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 30, 2013 12:21am]
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