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Topic - Trey Burke
Trey Burke led Michigan to within a few points of a national title, a stirring finish to his college career that validated his decision to return to the Wolverines for his sophomore season.
The time was right for Trey Burke.
With injured teammate Kevin Ware cheering them on from the bench, the Cardinals capped their run through the NCAA tournament, coming back again from a 12-point deficit to beat Michigan 82-76 in the championship game Monday night.
The last note of "One Shining Moment" had yet to reach the people in the cheap seats at the Georgia Dome when college basketball started doing what it does so well _ looking ahead to next season.
With a national championship slipping away in the final minutes, Trey Burke raced back on defense and gave Michigan fans one more spectacular play to remember.
As coaches go, Michigan's John Beilein is easy to miss.
What a week for Rick Pitino! He's elected to the Hall of Fame. His horse is headed to the Kentucky Derby. His son gets a prominent head coaching job. Then he caps it off with what he wanted most. Another national championship.
Attacking Syracuse's suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.
Trey Burke, the sophomore point guard who led Michigan to the Final Four, has been selected The Associated Press' college basketball player of the year.
Jim Larranaga made his mark as a basketball coach years ago at places like Bowling Green and George Mason. This season, with his Miami Hurricanes enjoying unprecedented success, Larranaga showed he has impressive footwork.
Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points including six 3-pointers and Michigan is going to the Final Four for the first time since the Fab Five era after a 79-59 rout of Florida in the South Regional final Sunday.
Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and the fourth-seeded Wolverines breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA round of 16 for the first time since 1994.
There are some familiar NBA names lighting up college basketball courts this season.
For the first time in the history of the series, Michigan and Michigan State will play each other while ranked among the top 10.
After stumbling in December against Butler and again early in conference play against Wisconsin, the Hoosiers have been trying to play their way back to the No. 1 spot they held through the first month of the season. A win Saturday might finally get them back on top, and Indiana is playing its best basketball of the season.
"My leadership skills _ I would also say my competitiveness," Burke said, listing a couple attributes he hopes were particularly noticeable. "I think a lot of teams got a chance to see that in the NCAA tournament."
Hardaway is the son of the former NBA player with the same name, and Burke says he's been keeping up with his Michigan teammate via text message.