Trey Burke: Michigan Will Ride Star PG to Final Four

Daine PavloskiAnalyst IIMarch 30, 2013

Trey Burke was a stone-cold killer against Kansas in the Sweet 16 as he led the Wolverines to victory.
Trey Burke was a stone-cold killer against Kansas in the Sweet 16 as he led the Wolverines to victory.Tom Pennington/Getty Images

"We On?" More like "Trey On."

The University of Michigan Wolverines will appear in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1994. The Wolverines made it in '94 as a No. 3 seed but couldn't get past the No. 1 seed Arkansas Razorbacks that year.

But the 2013 Wolverines have something the 1994 Wolverines didn't have: Trey Burke. 

Burke has had a stellar career at Michigan, averaging over 16 points per contest. The best part? He's only a sophomore. Burke upped his scoring average to over 18 points per game this season and has really been one of the major leaders for the Wolverines throughout the year. 

Now, as the Wolverines prepare for their Elite Eight matchup, a berth in the Final Four is on the line for the crew wearing the Maize and Blue.

One thing is for sure, the Wolverines will rely on their young point guard for the remainder of the tournament.

Burke has had an impressive tourney so far. He couldn't find his shooting stroke in the Wolverines' second-round game against South Dakota State University, scoring just six points on 2-of-12 shooting from the field and 0-of-5 from the three-point line. Thankfully for Michigan, Burke wasn't really needed in their 71-56 win over SDSU. 

Once the competition picked up, so did Burke's play.

Burke scored 18 in their 78-53 rout of VCU and put up 23 in their Sweet 16 matchup with Kansas, three of those points coming on a last-second shot to tie the game at the end of regulation. Burke would keep rolling in overtime and lead the Wolverines to their first Elite Eight berth in 19 years.

That's what Burke does. When the games are big, he comes up big. In the regular season he scored 20 or more points on numerous occasions, including games against Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State and twice against Indiana.

If Michigan wants to keep rolling and make it to the Final Four they will have to rely heavily on their talented point guard. If Burke's scoring is pivotal to U of M, his passing is a close second. Burke had 10 assists against Kansas and seven in each of the first two games of Michigan's tournament run. 

When Burke gets going, he can knock down clutch shots and draw a lot of defensive attention. Once he gets the defense to collapse to cut off his penetration, he's then able to make great passes to teammates like Mitch McGary, Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway, Jr.

Burke is one of the most talented players in this year's NCAA tournament, and while he already got his team to the Elite Eight, his great play could very well take them to the Final Four and possibly beyond.