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Monday, 01 April 2013 09:56

Michigan rolls into Final Four

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - 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. The Wolverines (30-7) scored the game's first 13 points and maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the game against the SEC regular-season champion Gators (29-8), who lost in a regional final for the third straight year. Stauskas hit all six of his 3-point attempts, including consecutive makes from the left corner for to give Michigan a 41-17 lead. Sophomore Trey Burke, the Big Ten player of the year, added 15 points for Michigan. Mitch McGary, another freshman, had 11 points and nine rebounds. He scored eight in the opening 13-0 run. Kenny Boynton and Will Yeguette had 13 points each for Florida. Michigan will play Syracuse in the National Semifinals Saturday, April 6 at 8:49 p.m. in Atlanta, GA.

Louisville put the finishing touches on the Final Four by rolling past Duke 85-63 to win the NCAA Midwest Regional. Russ Smith scored 23 points to lead the way while Gorgui Dieng had 14 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks. Louisville managed to pull off the overwhelming win despite seeing teammate Kevin Ware suffer a gruesome broken leg in the first half. The injury occurred as Ware tried to contest a shot and the leg buckled when he landed, bending almost at a right angle. Louisville coach Rick Pitino said after the game that the bone broke in two places and was protruding out of Ware's leg. Louisville spokesman Kenny Klein said hospital officials told the school that Ware was "resting comfortably" and that the pain is "under control." As the final seconds ticked down, Chane (shayn) Behanan put Ware's jersey on and stood at the end of the Louisville bench as screaming. Cardinals fans chanted Ware's name. The Cardinals earned their second straight trip to the Final Four and will meet surprising Wichita State in the semifinals on Saturday, April 6 in Atlanta, GA at 6:05 p.m.