Trey Burke's Bounce Back Game Has Michigan Wolverines in Good Position

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIMarch 23, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, MI - MARCH 23:  Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines drives in the first half against Briante Weber #2 of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams during the third round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2013 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Trey Burke bounced back very well against the VCU Rams, and that is very good news for the Michigan Wolverines. 

It was an absolutely huge win for the No. 4 seed Wolverines, who were able to dominate the No. 5 Rams by a score of 78-53. The team played incredibly well, making 31 of their 60 shots.

After a rough game for Burke where he shot 2-for-12 and scored six points against South Dakota State, he was able to turn it around nicely in the round of 32.  He had 18 points and seven assists on 6-of-14 shooting.

The game quieted any concerns about Burke not playing well in tournament games.  To have such a big game in a difficult matchup was huge.

The Wolverines were glad to have Burke bounce back after scoring in single digits for the first time all season.  His big day now has the team in excellent position to take over the South region.

The win puts the Wolverines in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994.  They will now play the winner of Kansas vs. North Carolina.  Michigan will match up well against both of these teams.

For the Jayhawks, their two biggest stars right now are Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey. 

They combine for 29.9 points per game along with 13.6 rebounds and 4.6 blocks.  The Wolverines have two guys that can match up against them in Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitch McGary, who had a terrific game against the Rams.

If the Tar Heels are able to pull off the big upset, they will be tested further against the Wolverines.  P.J. Hairston has been sensational, but Trey Burke is a Wooden Award finalist and would win that matchup.

The other side of the region is completely up for grabs, and that’s a very good thing for the Wolverines. 

The other team to make it to the Elite Eight would likely be worn out from the difficult games, giving Michigan the upper hand thanks to their team’s depth.

The big bounce back for Burke is huge, and his continued success will be critical to the team’s success.  As far as the Wolverines are concerned, they are currently the favorites in the South.

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