Wolverines punch ticket to Elite Eight with OT win over Kansas

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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Down 14 points with under seven minutes remaining, the Michigan Wolverines looked like a beaten team against Kansas.

Trey Burke, though, scored all 23 of his points after halftime, and hit the tying 3-pointer in the dying seconds of regulation, and Michigan beat the top- seeded Jayhawks, 87-85, in overtime in the South Regional semifinals.

The Wolverines moved to the Elite Eight for the first time since 1994 when they lost to top seed Arkansas in the Midwest Regional final.

Mitch McGary had 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Wolverines (29-7), who will face either third seed Florida or No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast in the regional final Sunday.

Last year's national runner-up to Kentucky, the Jayhawks (31-6) looked on their way to the Elite Eight for a third straight year, but blew a five-point lead with under a minute left in regulation.

Ben McLemore scored 20 for Kansas, while Travis Releford tallied 16 points and Elijah Johnson 13 points.

Johnson's 3-pointer from the top of the arc brought Kansas within two points with 45 seconds left in overtime.

The Wolverines were then whistled for a shot clock violation after Jeff Withey blocked Burke's layup attempt, and 9.4 seconds were put on the clock.

Johnson dribbled to the right baseline, but was closed off and he passed to Naadir Tharpe, whose running 3-point attempt hit high off the backboard and grazed the rim before falling to the floor, as the Wolverines celebrated.

Johnson had a chance to ice the win with 12.6 seconds left in regulation, but the front end of his 1-and-1 attempt clanked off the back of the rim.

Burke, with Kevin Young in his face, drained a 30 foot shot from left of the top of the arc with 4.2 seconds left.

Tharpe's ensuing 3-point try from the top of the arc caromed off the front of the rim and the teams went to overtime tied at 76.

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