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Stauskas, who finished with a game high 22 points, sank back to back three pointers late in the first half to push Michigan's lead to 24 points and drain much of the drama from the contest. After a miraculous rally from a 10 point deficit with less than three minutes to play in the Sweet 16 against top seeded Kansas ?? Michigan ultimately won in overtime ?? the Wolverines carved up another one of the nation's finest defensive teams to reach their first Final Four since 1993.
falling short. Stauskas said Beilein told players afterward Sunday that the 2005 game was replaying in his mind at halftime.
Both of those Final Four berths were vacated, of course, after a lengthy scandal that centered on Chris Webber accepting money from booster Ed Martin. The Wolverines shuffled through a couple coaches ?? Brian Ellerbe and Tommy Amaker ?? before finding Beilein, the man who would lead them to their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1994.
The 19 year old then took the raised court at Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, buried all six of his three point shot attempts virtually all from the same corner spot ?? to lift fourth seeded Michigan to a 79 59 victory over third seeded Florida in the South Regional final.
"It means the world," guard Tim Hardaway Jr. said. "Twenty years have passed and we have not been on the stage yet."
There would be no squandering the double digit lead this time. The announced crowd of 36,585 watched Michigan race out to a 13 0 lead and earn the largest margin of victory in a regional final since Duke's 21 point win over Temple in the 1999 Elite Eight.
Stauskas in the corner for a shot he feels he can bury in his sleep.
Four for the first time in two decades. These freshmen, including starters Stauskas, Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, aren't quite as ballyhooed as the Fab Five collection that captivated the nation when it arrived in Ann Arbor in the fall of 1991.
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"He could not hit the side of the barn the last four games," an ecstatic Paul Stauskas said afterward. "Great he finally got his shot back!"
But they give coach John Beilein, one of the sport's most respected offensive minds, an abundance of offensive weapons. Big Ten player of the year Trey Burke and the robust McGary can run the pick and roll, which often leads to a Burke layup or a drop off pass to McGary near the basket. If both options are gone, Burke can find Puma X Crossover Disc Blaze
"Don't worry," Stauskas told his dad, Paul. "I got you."
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"You've got to give help on McGary rolling to the basket and he [Burke] skips it across the floor," Florida coach Billy Donovan said. "Some of the threes Stauskas got off were our fault, and some of it was really, really good offense by them.:
ARLINGTON, Texas Never at a loss for confidence, Michigan's Nik Stauskas stopped his dad short in a hotel room Saturday night before he heard another word about his NCAA tournament shooting slump.
"That crossed my mind today," Beilein said. "I knew one thing, if we had this opportunity again, I was going to treasure it more and do everything we could to make sure we could be ready to play that game."
Not only did Michigan reach consecutive national title games in 1992 and 1993, but the influential and infamous Fab Five transcended the sport. From their bald heads and baggy shorts to their brash, flamboyant demeanor, they ushered in the modern era of college basketball and the sport has not seen anything like them since.
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