Friday’s box score
Michigan 87, Kansas 85, OT
Percentages: FG .493, FT .529. 3-Point Goals: 8-23, .348 (Burke 4-11, Albrecht 1-1, Hardaway Jr. 1-3, Stauskas 1-4, Robinson III 1-4). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 1 (McGary). Turnovers: 10 (Burke 4, Robinson III 2, McGary, Stauskas, Albrecht). Steals: 7 (Robinson III 3, McGary 3, Burke). Technical Fouls: None.
Percentages: FG .545, FT .700. 3-Point Goals: 6-16, .375 (McLemore 4-8, Johnson 2-4, Tharpe 0-4). Team Rebounds: 1. Blocked Shots: 8 (Withey 5, Traylor 2, McLemore). Turnovers: 13 (Johnson 5, Ellis 2, Tharpe 2, Releford, Young, McLemore, Withey). Steals: 5 (Withey, Releford, Ellis, Tharpe, Johnson). Technical Fouls: None.
Att.–NA. Officials–Karl Hess, Gary Maxwell, Lamar Simpson.
Ball screens hurt KU
For 20 minutes, No. 1-seed Kansas seemingly had the formula for stopping Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke, who entered averaging 18.8 points.
Burke was held scoreless in the first half and missed his four shots. But KU coach Bill Self said the numbers were a little misleading. Michigan freshman Mitch McGary got loose for 11 points in the first half, mostly off pick-and-rolls, and KU senior center Jeff Withey had a tough time defending the perimeter screens.
“I don’t know if it worked as good the first half as what the statistics showed,” Self said, “because he still got in the lane, and McGary had a big half, and it was all because of Burke.
“We went under a couple of ball screens to start the second half, and then they made threes.”
Burke finished with 23 points in the second half and overtime, and the ball screens continued to give the Jayhawks issues.
“That’s a tough guard for Jeff,” Self said.
One hot half
Kansas was 19 for 28 (67.9 percent) in the first half, and the Jayhawks entered the locker room with a 40-34 lead. It could have been more, but Michigan freshman Nik Stauskas made a three-pointer in the final minute before the intermission.
“We felt pretty confident at halftime,” Withey said. “We felt like this our game, and we definitely were doing really well in the paint and getting easy baskets. We controlled 36 minutes of the game, and those four minutes, they came back and did some stuff that only certain guys could do.”
Self fell to 7-3 in Sweet 16 games, a number that includes his stops at Tulsa and Illinois. He dropped to 6-1 in Sweet 16 games in which his team was the better seed.… Withey had five blocked shots, giving him 49 in his NCAA Tournament career. He finished one block shy of Tim Duncan’s tournament career record of 50 blocked shots.… The Jayhawks fell to 26-2 when leading at halftime this season.
— Rustin Dodd