2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

Michigan vs. Florida: Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread Info and Predictions

ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 29:  Trey Burke #3 of the Michigan Wolverines reacts after shooting a game tying three pointer with teammates in the final seconds of the second half againist the Kansas Jayhawks during the South Regional Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Stadium on March 29, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IMarch 30, 2013

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

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: March Madness On Demand

Betting Line: Florida (-1.5) via Odds Shark

 

What's at Stake?

A trip to the Final Four is on the line, so you can bet both teams will be submitting their best effort on Easter Sunday.

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:

Burke finished the game with 23 points and 10 assists. He has been Michigan's leading scorer, averaging 18.9 points per game on the season.

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.

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

Don't get me wrong: Guard play will be important on Sunday. But the key matchup will come from the frontcourt.

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.

 

Prediction

It's going to be close, but I'm taking the Wolverines to advance to the Final Four.

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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