Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - A fabulous all-around performance has Michigan in the Final Four for the first time since the days of the Fab Five.
And fittingly, it was a pair of freshmen that led the charge for the Wolverines.
Nik Stauskas delivered a near-perfect shooting display to match a career high with 22 points, while Mitch McGary came through with 11 points and nine rebounds as Michigan put forth a 79-59 drubbing of Florida in the South Regional final.
Stauskas knocked down all six of his 3-point attempts and 7-of-8 field goal tries overall for Michigan (30-7), which netted the game's first 13 points, led by as many as 24 in the first half and never allowed the Gators to seriously challenge the rest of the way en route to reaching the National Semifinal for the first time since 1993, though that trip would be later vacated due to NCAA violations.
Trey Burke did his part as well in getting the fourth-seeded Wolverines to Atlanta for a showdown with East Region champion Syracuse next Saturday. The hero of Michigan's overtime comeback victory over Kansas in Friday's Sweet 16 contributed 15 points while pulling down eight rebounds and dishing out seven assists.
The Wolverines were also able to effectively neutralize Mike Rosario and Erik Murphy, Florida's top two scorers on the season. Murphy finished a miserable 0-of-11 from the floor in a scoreless effort, with Rosario managing only nine points and missing all four of his 3-point attempts.
Will Yeguete and Kenny Boynton each scored 13 points for a third-seeded Florida (29-8) squad that was ousted in the Elite 8 for a third consecutive season.
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