Saturday, March 23, 2013

Banner Day For The State Of Michigan

It's appropriate that both Michigan and Michigan State were playing their games today in Auburn Hills. Both teams moved on to the Sweet 16 with convincing wins. The Wolverines had no issues with VCU's Havoc as the trio of Trey Burke (despite his 7 turnovers), Tim Hardaway Jr. and Glenn Robinson III always seemed to find an answer to the Rams press. It was Mitch McGary, though, who beat up VCU inside, scoring 21 points on 10 of 11 shooting and grabbing 14 rebounds. Anytime the press failed the Rams, McGary was there to score inside and to deliver bone crushing screens like this:

While Michigan had almost no trouble at all, Michigan State played a tough first half with Memphis, who started to frustrate the Spartans and cut an early 13-point deficit to 3 at halftime. Luckily, Gary Harris came to play in the first half, scoring 16 of his 23 points there. Adrelan Payne scored 10 of his 14 points in the early stages of the second half and the Tigers were held to 30% shooting.

This is the first time that both Michigan and Michigan State have reached the Sweet 16 in the same year. Unfortunately, this is the last time that both teams get to play in the state of Michigan. With the way both teams played today, I wouldn't be surprised if either made the Final Four.

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