In what seemed like an even matchup on paper, the fourth-seeded Michigan Wolverines dominated the third-seeded Florida Gators from start to finish to emerge from Cowboys Stadium with a 79-59 victory. The win has Michigan back in the Final Four for the first time in 20 years.
Florida's defense, which only allows opponents to shoot 37 percent from the floor, had no answer for Wooden Award candidate Trey Burke and sharp-shooting guard Nik Stauskas.
Burke started 5-of-10 from the floor, while Stauskas went 7-of-8 overall and 6-of-6 from three-point range. The two combined for 37 points.
Freshman big man Mitch McGary continued his outstanding play in the low-post as well. McGary went 5-of-8 to score 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and came away with five steals.
The Gators shot 41 percent, but were just 2-of-10 from distance. Michigan countered Florida's cold shooting with 10 threes of its own, which helped the Wolverines build a 25-point lead.
Michigan built all of its momentum off of a 13-0 run to open the game. Stauskas' efficient shooting helped the Wolverines keep the Gators at a distance for the remainder of the contest.
The newly crowned South region champions will now head to Atlanta, where Michigan will face the fourth-seeded Syracuse Orange, who won the East region.
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