NCAA Tournament: Michigan beats VCU in South
Auburn Hills, Mich. • Michigan made Havoc look helpless.
Now Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the rest of the cool-headed Wolverines are part of the school's longest NCAA Tournament run in nearly two decades.
Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1994. VCU couldn't create many easy baskets with its press, even though the Wolverines didn't have much time to prepare for it.
"This is a very high-IQ team that can pick up things very quickly," Michigan coach John Beilein said.
McGary, a 6-foot-10 freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding. VCU had no answer for him around the basket, and that pressure defense the Rams call it "Havoc" wasn't much of a factor.
Burke and Hardaway rarely looked rattled, and Michigan (28-7) committed only 12 turnovers. NCAA Tournament live blogWhat's happening right now in the NCAA Tournament? Jump into our live blog anytime and get a snapshot of not only what's going on, but what folks are buzzing about as well.