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Burke leads Michigan rally over Kansas, 87-85 in OT

  • Michigan's Nik Stauskas (11), Trey Burke (3) and Corey Person celebrate after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Michigan's Nik Stauskas (11), Trey Burke (3) and Corey Person celebrate after beating Kansas 87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III (1) and teammates celebrate after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Michigan's Glenn Robinson III (1) and teammates celebrate after beating Kansas 87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) dunks against Michigan during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) dunks against Michigan during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Kansas' Ben McLemore shoots over Michigan's Nik Stauskas during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Kansas' Ben McLemore shoots over Michigan's Nik Stauskas during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Kansas' Jeff Withey (5) and Michigan's Trey Burke (3) go after a loose ball during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Kansas' Jeff Withey (5) and Michigan's Trey Burke (3) go after a loose ball during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III shoots over Kansas' Jeff Withey during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Michigan's Glenn Robinson III shoots over Kansas' Jeff Withey during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

  • Michigan celebrates after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Michigan celebrates after beating Kansas 87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Michigan's Nik Stauskas (11), Trey Burke (3) and Corey Person celebrate after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III (1) and teammates celebrate after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kansas guard Ben McLemore (23) dunks against Michigan during the second half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Kansas' Ben McLemore shoots over Michigan's Nik Stauskas during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
  • Kansas' Jeff Withey (5) and Michigan's Trey Burke (3) go after a loose ball during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Michigan's Glenn Robinson III shoots over Kansas' Jeff Withey during the first half of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
  • Michigan celebrates after beating Kansas  87-85 in overtime of a regional semifinal game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 29, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Trey Burke shook off one of his worst starts with the best shot of his life.

Burke bounced back from a scoreless first half to score 23 points, including a long, never-a-doubt 3-pointer in the final seconds of regulation, and Michigan rallied to beat Kansas, 87-85, in overtime in the South Regional semifinals last night.

The fourth-seeded Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead in the last three minutes of regulation, and Burke gave them their first lead since early in the game with another long 3 to open Michigan’s scoring in overtime.

“This guy was a champ all the way through it,” Michigan Coach John Beilein said.

They’ll certainly remember this one in Ann Arbor for a while.

The Wolverines (29-7) reached the regional finals for the first time since the Fab Five era 19 years ago, the last time they were in the round of 16.

Ben McLemore had 20 points to lead the Jayhawks (31-6), who looked to be on their way to a third straight regional final before Michigan’s improbable rally. Instead, they became the third No. 1 seed to fall in this tournament, joining Gonzaga and Indiana.

The Wolverines were down five when Tim Hardaway Jr. missed a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left, but Glenn Robinson III won a scramble for the ball and hit a reverse layup to force Kansas to win the game at the free throw line.

The Jayhawks couldn’t do it. Burke’s tying shot – he pulled up from well beyond the arc just right of key – came with 4.2 seconds left after Elijah Johnson missed a free throw moments after hitting two to keep the Kansas lead at five. Burke had scored on a layup to get Michigan back to within three.

“I’m so proud of my team because a lot of people say we’re young, but we stuck with it tonight,” Burke said. “I’m just so happy right now. We stayed together and we got the win.”

The lead changed hands five times in overtime – the first OT game of the tournament – the last when Mitch McGary, who led Michigan with 25 points and 14 rebounds, hit a short jumper with Johnson in his face to put Michigan ahead for good, 83-82.

The Jayhawks got a stop and had about nine seconds to tie or win, but a jumbled possession ended with Naadir Tharpe missing a running jumper at the buzzer.

“Well, this will go down as one of the toughest games obviously that we’ve been a part of … and I’ve been a part of,” Kansas Coach Bill Self said.

The Wolverines wiped out a 10-point Kansas lead on a 14-4 run in the final 2:52 of regulation. Burke had eight points, including two 3-pointers, in the stretch.

Burke gave Michigan its first lead since early in the game with his long 3-pointer to make it 79-78 early in overtime. He hit a jumper on the next possession as well.

Burke was scoreless in the first half for the Wolverines, then got his team going by scoring eight straight points early in the second half to momentarily cut the deficit to two.

“In the second half, Coach told me to be more aggressive, so I looked for my shot more,” he said.

But Kansas restored a 10-point lead built on dominating inside in the first half, this time with a 3-pointer and a tomahawk dunk on a breakaway by McLemore and a three-point play from Johnson.

Johnson, who picked up three fouls in just three minutes of playing time in the first half, gave Kansas its biggest lead at 68-54 with a 3-pointer from the corner with just less than seven minutes left.

Travis Releford had 16 points for the Jayhawks, while Jeff Withey had 12 points and eight rebounds.

Kansas pushed out to a 10-point lead early by dominating around the basket. McLemore’s first basket was the first outside the paint as the Jayhawks scored 34 of their 40 first-half points from inside while shooting 69 percent.

Withey put Kansas ahead 29-19 with a turnaround shot that had McGary shrugging at a teammate and saying, “I’m trying.”

McGary wasn’t having nearly as much trouble on the offensive end, leading the Wolverines with 11 points and five rebounds in the first half. He picked up where he left off in the third round against Virginia Commonwealth, when he had season highs of 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Michigan pulled within 40-34 at the half when Nik Stauskas hit a 3-pointer and had chance for a four-point play when McLemore bumped him on the shot. But he missed the free throw.

MIDWEST REGIONAL

Louisville 77, Oregon 69

Louisville survived its first test.

Russ Smith matched his career high with 31 points to lead three Cardinals in double figures, and top-seeded Louisville showed it can win close games, too.

Kevin Ware added 11 and Gorgui Dieng had 10 points and nine rebounds for Louisville, which has won 13 straight. Coach Rick Pitino improved to 11-0 in the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

“We dug ourselves a pretty big hole and weren’t able to come back,” Oregon Coach Dana Altman said. “Louisville is a very good basketball team and very talented. Smith got going to the basket and we just never got him slowed down.”

The 12th-seeded Ducks (28-9) at least made a game of it late. After Louisville went up 66-48 with 9:01 left, Oregon made six straight field goals to close to 70-64 – the closest anyone’s been to the Cardinals in a couple of weeks.

But Kevin Ware scored on a layup and Chane Behanan threw down a monstrous dunk to put the game out of reach. Still, Oregon is only the second team to be within single digits at the buzzer during Louisville’s run.

Louisville (32-5) moves on to play the winner of Michigan State-Duke tomorrow, hoping to advance to the Final Four for the second straight year.

E.J. Singler’s 15 points led five Ducks in double figures, and the Ducks had only 12 turnovers – one fewer than the Cardinals. But Oregon could never recover from its poor first half, when the Ducks were plagued by foul trouble – Johnathan Loyd had three before halftime – and an off night by Damyean Dotson. The freshman was huge in Oregon’s victory over Saint Louis, scoring a career-high 23. But he was 0-for-6 in the first half, and didn’t make a field goal until midway through the second. He finished with 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting.

“It wasn’t there in the first half,” Arsalan Kazemi said.

The Cardinals were barely tested in either of their first two games, beating North Carolina A&T by 31 and Colorado State by 26. They set an NCAA record with 20 steals against A&T, outrebounded one of the country’s best rebounding teams in Colorado State and left both teams with ugly shooting lines.

But the Cardinals were tested many times last night.

Peyton Siva spent the last 15:19 of the first half on the bench after picking up his second foul. But even without their floor general, the Cardinals didn’t miss a beat thanks to Smith. He hit a 3 to spark a 14-3 run that put Louisville up 24-8, and the game seemed to be all but over.

Smith had seven points during the spurt. When he finished the run with a layup, it was Russ Smith 9, Oregon 8.

The Ducks weren’t going away that easily, though. After Luke Hancock’s 3 capped a 12-2 run that put Louisville up 66-48, the Ducks made six straight field goals. When Dotson knocked down a jumper with 5:12 remaining, it got Oregon within six, the closest it had been since early in the first half.

Closest anyone had been to Louisville since the Big East tournament, actually.

But part of what makes the Cardinals so imposing is their maturity – and their options, which seem endless. Instead of panicking, the Cardinals regrouped and regained control, and the Ducks never threatened again.

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