Mar 31, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) reacts during the second half of the South regional final game against the Florida Gators in the 2013 NCAA Tournament at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan Advances to 2013 Final Four With Big Win Over Florida

Michigan’s season was over with just over two minutes left against Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. Down ten to the number one seed things looked bleak. But then Trey Burke happened and they pulled out a two-point victory to advance to the Elite Eight. And the momentum carried right over.

No miracle comeback was needed on Easter Sunday, as Michigan jumped out to a 13-0 lead over Florida and never looked back.

Nick Stauskas made a three pointer — already his fifth of the game — with 4:07 left to play in the first half to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Florida would challenge only slightly coming out of the locker room to start the second half — they were able to cut the lead to 11, 47-36, three minutes into the second frame, but that’s as close as they would pull for the rest of the afternoon. The Wolverines had the lead back out to a very comfortable 20 points by the 10 minute mark, and the Gators pretty much gave in.

Michigan cleared the benches for the final minute and a half, giving all the seniors a chance to get into an NCAA Tournament game, and coasted to a 79-59 victory.

Stauskas lead all scorers with 22 points,  including 6-6 from three point distance, Trey Burke added 15, and Mitch McGary scored 11.

Michigan will take on fellow four-seed Syracuse in Atlanta in the Final Four on Saturday at a time still to be determined.

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