Michigan wins the South


(TheSpread) – It wasn’t an easy road to the Final Four, but Michigan made it look easy on Sunday, as the Wolverines won the South Region by beating Florida.

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Michigan came into the region as the fourth seed and it began its run to Atlanta by beating 13th-seeded South Dakota State, 71-65. Michigan then dominated fifth-seeded VCU, 78-53 to reach its first Sweet 16 since 1994.

In the regional semifinal, Michigan defeated top-seeded Kansas, 87-85, in a wild overtime contest. The Wolverines were down 10 with just under 3 minutes to play, but managed to force overtime thanks to hot shooting from Trey Burke. On Sunday, Michigan hammered third-seeded Florida, 79-59, to reach the Final Four.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Michigan had 7/1 odds to reach the Final Four out of the South Region, which means a $100 wager on the Wolverines to win will pay out an additional $700.

In Sunday’s win, Michigan started hot and never looked back. The Wolverines led by at least 10 points from the 17:15 mark of the first half throughout the rest of the game. Michigan got tremendous shooting from Nik Stauskas, who was 7 for 8 from the field and 6 of 6 from 3-point land for 22 points. Trey Burke added 15 points, seven assists and eight rebounds for Michigan.

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