Michigan vs. VCU: Twitter Reaction, Postgame Recap and Analysis

Patrick Clarke@@_Pat_ClarkeCorrespondent IMarch 23, 2013

The fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines would not be denied on Saturday afternoon in Auburn Hills, blowing out fifth-seeded VCU 78-53 in the 2013 NCAA tournament's round of 32 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in nearly two decades.

Michigan established a fast tempo, gained an early lead and was essentially able to keep VCU in check from start to finish.

Michigan, fueled by a sea of supporters (via Darren Rovell), jumped out to an early first-half lead and never looked back, going on a 20-6 run over the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a comfortable 38-23 lead into the locker room:

Associated Press writer Larry Lage hit the nail on the head with this shoutout to Michigan freshman forward Mitch McGary, who came up huge for the Wolverines on Saturday:

Whether he was scoring, rebounding or setting painful picks, McGary was determined to make his presence felt by the Rams. Just ask Ray Thomas and sports anchor Kevin Gehl:

McGary finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds to lead Michigan.

Michigan's guards were also huge in the first half, as Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III combined to score 30 of the Wolverines' 38 first-half points. All three were great against VCU's vaunted press as well, as pointed out by Kris Harlow:

Meanwhile, only two of VCU's starters scored in the first half, and the Rams were plagued by 30-percent shooting from the floor (via ESPN Stats & Info):

After an early push from VCU to start the second half, Michigan shut the door on Shaka Smart's Rams. The Wolverines dominated the rest of the way, scoring easy baskets and igniting the pro-Wolverines crowd at Auburn Hills with thunderous dunks. 

In the end, John Beilein's squad would shoot 52 percent from the field and out-rebound VCU 36-21, winning in blowout fashion to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994.

Michigan's victory extends the Big Ten's impressive streak in the tournament (via ESPN 850's Kenny Roda):


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