NCAA Tournament

Kansas notes: Self 7-3 in Sweet 16 games

Updated: 2013-04-25T22:08:43Z

First half

•  Key play: After a missed three-pointer by Trey Burke, KU’s Travis Releford pulled down the rebound and hit a driving layup on the other end, pushing KU’s lead to 20-11 with 11:13 left.

•  Key stat: Michigan guard Trey Burke finished with zero points.

Second half

•  Key play: With four seconds left, Burke buried a three-point from 28 feet, tying the score at 76-76 with less than five seconds left.

•  Key stat: Michigan erased a 14-point lead with 6:50 left.

Overtime

•  Key play: An Elijah Johnson turnover led to a Michigan run-out as the Wolverines took an 87-82 lead in the final minutes.

•  Key stat: Burke finished with 23 points in the second half and overtime.

Michigan ball screens hurt Kansas

For 20 minutes, No. 1 seed Kansas seemingly had the formula for stopping Michigan sophomore guard Trey Burke, who entered averaging 18.8 points per game.

Burke was held scoreless in the first half and missed his four shot attempts. 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 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.

• Kansas shot 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 three-pointer in the final minute before the intermission.

“We felt pretty confident at halftime,” KU senior Jeff 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 certainly guys could do.”

• Kansas coach Bill 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.

• KU senior Jeff Withey had five blocked shots, giving him 49 in his NCAA Tournament career. He finished one block shy of Tim Duncan’s all-time tournament record of 50 blocked shots.

• The Jayhawks fell to 26-2 when leading at halftime this season.

| Rustin Dodd, rdodd@kcstar.com

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