Michigan vs. Florida: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread Info and Predictions
Following a clutch performance from Trey Burke and the No. 4 seed Michigan Wolverines in the Sweet 16, the Big Ten will clash with the SEC as Michigan takes on the No. 3 seed Florida Gators with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
The Wolverines erased a 14-point deficit to oust No. 1 seed Kansas on Friday night behind big-game heroics from Burke and freshman forward Mitch McGary. The Gators took care of the Cinderella story Florida Golf Coast Eagles by forcing 20 turnovers and holding FGCU to just 50 points.
Below is all the information you will need prior to tipoff.
Where: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas
When: Sunday, March 31, 2:20 p.m. ET
Live Stream: March Madness On Demand
Betting Line: Florida (-1.5) via Odds Shark
What's at Stake?
The Gators have made it to three straight Elite Eights and are looking to make it to their first Final Four since 2007. Michigan hasn't been in this position for 19 years.
Michigan Player to Watch: Trey Burke, G
Time after time, sophomore guard Trey Burke has come up big for the Wolverines. He did it again on Friday night against the Jayhawks:
If Burke gets hot from long range and starts setting up shots for Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and McGary, Michigan will be tough to match.
Florida Player to Watch: Mike Rosario, G
Senior guard Mike Rosario is coming off a team-high 15-point performance against the Eagles.
All 23 of Trey Burke's points came in the 2nd half/overtime (0-4 in 1st half)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 30, 2013
Rosario has proven to be difficult to guard, especially from downtown. He displayed that against Minnesota in the round of 32 when he went 6-of-9 from three-point territory and dropped 25 points on the Golden Gophers.
Michigan will need to fight through screens and contest Rosario's looks.
Key Matchup: Mitch McGary vs. Erik Murphy
The battle down low between McGary and Murphy will be the key to this matchup. Murphy will be especially difficult to guard since he can step outside and knock down the three.
McGary has been an absolute beast on the boards, though, pulling down 14 rebounds in each of his last two games.
As long as Burke continues his clutch play and McGary and Robinson keep hitting the boards, Michigan has the edge on offense and will play just enough defense to squeak by the Gators.
Michigan's starting five has better scoring options, which will ultimately make the difference in this one.
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