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Michigan defeats Kansas, 87-85

  • 6:37 p.m., March 29, 2013
  • Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, TX

FINAL: Michigan rallies from 14-point second-half deficit in 87-85 overtime win over KU

By Matt Tait.

The Kansas University men's basketball team seemed headed to the Elite Eight all night on Friday at Cowboys Stadium.

But then Michigan guard Trey Burke got hot and the Wolverines picked up an improbable, come-from-behind, 87-85, overtime victory over the top-seeded Jayhawks.

Kansas scored its first 20 points in the paint and led by as many as 10 during the first half. However, despite playing most of the way in complete control of the game, the Jayhawks (31-6) never were able to pull away.

KU shot 19-of-28 (67.9 percent) in the first half yet led by just six at the break, thanks to the first-half play of Michigan's Mitch McGary (11) and Nik Stauskas (9). KU held UM stud point guard and potential player-of-the-year, Trey Burke, to no points (0-of-4 shooting), five assists and three turnovers in the first 20 minutes. All of that with starting point guard Elijah Johnson playing just three minutes after picking up three first-half fouls, including a Flagrant 1 on a blow below the belt in the game's opening minutes.

The Wolverines capitalized on their momentum early in the second half, pulling to within two — 46-44 at the 15:48 mark — but KU responded with a 15-6 run to open up a 61-50 lead with 11 minutes to play. McLemore scored 10 points during the stretch and Elijah Johnson and Perry Ellis supported KU's superstar.

KU bumped its largest lead of the game to 14 — 68-54 on a three-pointer from Johnson — with 6:50 left, but Michigan staged a furious rally in the game's final few minutes and sent the game to overtime.

From there, UM (29-7) controlled most of the overtime, where several KU miscues and a last-second three-point miss from Naadir Tharpe on an ill-advised pass from Johnson pushed the Wolverines into the next round.

After missing his first five shots, Ben McLemore broke out of his shooting slump for 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting, but disappeared late. Travis Releford scored 16, Jeff Withey added 12 points and 8 rebounds, Kevin Young added 12 points, and Elijah Johnson finished with 13 points but also five turnovers.

Burke finished with 23 points (all in the second half) and McGary added 25 to lead Michigan.

Friday's loss was the final KU game in the careers of Young, Withey, Releford and Johnson.

Here’s a quick look back at some of Friday night's action:

The game turned when: KU blew a 14-point lead with 6:50 left and a 10-point lead with less than three minutes to play. The biggest blow during that stretch was a missed one-and-one attempt at the free throw line by Elijah Johnson that could've put KU up four or five, but, instead, gave Michigan, and a red-hot Burke, a chance to tie the game in the final seconds.

Offensive highlights: ••• At the 8:48 mark of the first half, Ben McLemore finally knocked in a long-range shot. The three-pointer from the corner put KU up 25-17 and snapped an 0-for-5 start to the game for the red-shirt freshman. ••• With KU leading 51-46 in the second half and Michigan point guard Trey Burke heating up, the Jayhawks benefited from back-to-back Burke miscues to open up a 10-point lead. The first came at the 13:53 mark, when Burke drove the lane, had the ball poked away and saw Ben McLemore race out for the hammer dunk. On the next possession, a Burke miss led to a transition layup and foul by Elijah Johnson, who hit the free throw to put Kansas ahead 56-46. ••• With KU leading 70-62, Elijah Johnson broke down the defense and dished to Kevin Young down low. Young quickly flipped the ball to Withey for the uncontested, monster slam and KU went up 72-62 with 2:52 to play. •••

Defensive highlights: ••• At the 18:15 mark of the first half, Ben McLemore swatted a layup attempt by Glenn Robinson III in transition. It looked as if Robinson had a clear path to the bucket when he caught the pass from Trey Burke, but McLemore skied to erase the shot. ••• With just under 10 minutes to play in the first half, KU reserve Jamari Traylor pinned a shot by Michigan's Jordan Morgan to the glass, further flexing KU's muscles inside.

Key stat: Points in the paint. No question. All week, the talk was about KU's strength inside against Michigan's strength on the perimeter. After scoring its first 20 points of the game in the paint, KU finished with 60 points in the paint, good for 70.5 percent of its total. Michigan, meanwhile, scored 40 down low.

Up next: The loss ended the Jayhawks' season at 31-6. Michigan advanced to play the winner of tonight's Florida-Florida Gulf Coast match-up.

Box score

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Live coverage (Ended March 29, 2013 at 9:16 p.m.)

741hawk

IMHO, Bill was very stubborn. Played EJ when he obviously shouldn't have. (Nadir has been our most reliable point). And, he didn't sub enough. Jeff was tired and ineffective the last six minutes. Dang. I'll take a win, but what a disappointment in the play late.

Jhwkr542

Self is a stubborn man and will die with EJ on the court

Mom_of_three

ben has four fouls... not great....

Brian Powell

Can someone confirm we were up 14 with __ left?.

Unreal. Typical jay hawk fan life.

Rock Chalk

Will Bill keep EJ out and put Naa in???

Jhwkr542 in reply to John White

If not earlier

2xhawk

f*** momentum, Go Hawks!!!!

Jaycon11

michigan now close to 50% on offense. o.t. will need to whittle that way down.

Jayhawkinatl in reply to Colreader

Yep...just like we did against Memphis.

John White in reply to Jhwkr542

Self should have yanked him after his first bad turnover at the end.

Beator

police will save money in lawrence.

Colreader

Mich has the momentum

Jhwkr542 in reply to Jayhawkinatl

EJ played. That's what cost us.

2xhawk

wait, having decent guards keeps you in the game? NOW they tell us!!!

Justin Daniel

It was a good year, but not great.

Lex Valdez

im scared now

John White

Definitely don't like OT right now. KU has played just awful the last 5 min.

Marc Frey

Rats!

Jayhawkinatl

We played NOT to lose and it cost us.

Darin Bradley

We are in a fight now

00:00 left in Second Half
Michigan 76
Kansas 76

Jesse Newell

Tharpe's shot right on. Just short.

Lawkan

get EJ the hell out of the game.

Beator

choke

Justin Daniel

Game over.... Thanks EJ and good riddance!!!

Bwag in reply to Brian Powell

He's from Vegas and the line is 2

Darin Bradley

We allowed a layup on play before the luck shot

Beator

watch the turnover

Aircapjay

That was a fantastic shot. Should have not allowed them to come close.

Melrank

I'm calling for the best last second celebration since 2008 RIGHT NOW!!

Jhwkr542

3 TOs and a missed front end of a 1 and 1...

Mom_of_three in reply to Jayhawkinatl

not over yet...

Jayhawkinaustin in reply to Phogtimeku2010

It's only bad when the refs swallow the whistle if it benefits us. Always remember that.

MDL/kuae99 in reply to Jayhawkinaustin

Excellent point.

Jayhawkinatl

Can't believe we're going to OT.

Brian Powell

EJ giving up the layup that last play... Burns. Just burns.

Oklahawk58

Payback for '08.

Phogtimeku2010

How is that not an illegal screen?

Mom_of_three

how did ej end on the ground...

Jayhawkinaustin

Why did we not foul as they brought it up?

Lajayhawk

1 free throw and the game is over.

Jhwkr542

4 seconds is a lot of time

John White

Look at that ridiculous moving screen that tackled EJ. These refs are horrible.

Gabriel Engeland

4 secs to win. OT and we lose.

Lex Valdez

ej is our curse

MDL/kuae99

C'mon 3Mac

Lajayhawk

I mean, what are you gonna do about that.

Lex Valdez

unreal

Beator

ha ha young fresh mich got it in the bag

Jayhawkinatl

Ridiculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

00:04 left in Second Half
Michigan 76
Kansas 76

Jesse Newell

Timeout Self. Good D by KU. Burke just made a play.

Jhwkr542

EJ has killed us and is the main reason we're tied now

John White

Unbelievable.

Darin Bradley

F ME

Melrank

Memphis says hello

Beator

ha

Jhwkr542

sh!t

Lajayhawk in reply to Jhwkr542

Your down 5 with 20 seconds, you don't need a 3.

Brian Powell

And then he gives the 2points right back!,

MDL/kuae99

Still got 1 and 1s

Melrank

C'mon EJ

John White

This defense is really struggling down the stretch. Team definitely is really tired and it shows.

Darin Bradley

They called timeout from Mich bench. Should have been a T

Gabriel Engeland

Holy crap. Please EJ.

00:12 left in Second Half
Michigan 73
Kansas 76

Jesse Newell

Johnson will shoot another 1-and-1.

Jhwkr542

They really needed a 3 there

Beator

EJ is the man

Sawman3333

PROPHET

Melrank

BIg

00:21 left in Second Half
Michigan 71
Kansas 76

Jesse Newell

Johnson makes both.

Lajayhawk

MONEY

Darin Bradley

MONEY

Melrank

YES

Beator

Young fresh players for Mich could go another 15

Colreader

Mich out of time outs!

Jayhawkinaustin

Did the clock start correctly?

2xhawk

this is a hell of a game

Darin Bradley

Here's your time to redeem EJ

Melrank

EJ can partially redeem himself right here

Jayhawkinatl

Earn it, EJ!!!!!!!!!!!

Jhwkr542

Damn 1 and 1...

Lajayhawk

Breaking the press fairly easily.

Marc Frey

Make it

Jesse Newell

Johnson will shoot a 1-and-1.

Darin Bradley

Disappointing its come to this

Brian Powell

Why can't we pull away when we went up 14 with 7 mins left?

Windmillgiant

I know we are running clock, but when they broke the break Releford had the ball looking at 3 on 2, maybe should have just tried to score instead of hold the ball.

Lajayhawk

We just need 1 point.

Lex Valdez

cmon hawks dont blow it

Justin Daniel

we are dead tired...what a shame if four seniors and the first overall pick can't close.

Beator

-2 points...looks like Michigan has got this. KU is gagging

John White in reply to Jhwkr542

Gotta get the inbounds pass and get it across midcourt first.

Jayhawkinatl

Don't let BMac dribble in the back court!!!!! He's a TO waiting to happen.

Robb Kraft

this is how you lose a game you should have won, you have controlled and truthfully without #15 would be in the W column. terrible play EJ

Jesse Newell

KU at 1.12 PPP. Offense has won game for it so far.

Aircapjay

We need to score.

Beator

-2

Marc Frey

I do not want OT.

Jhwkr542

Gotta make some FTs now...

Melrank in reply to MDL/kuae99

LOL

Colreader

Steve Kerr is just a Michigan homer!

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