Michigan tips off today's action against Florida. (Follow it LIVE!) The Wolverines reached the first Elite Eight since 1994 behind star point guard Trey Burke, but freshmen Mitch McGary, Nick Stauskas and Glenn Robinson III have 21 of Michigan's first 30 points to open a double-digit lead against an ice-cold Gators squad.
Florida's defense isn't as effective against Michigan, which averages fewer than 10 turnovers, best in Division I.
McGary had a huge 25-point, 14-rebound game to help the Wolverines rally to beat top-seed Kansas, 87-85, on Friday in overtime. But the Wolverines got here behind Burke, who forced OT with the biggest shot of the tournament:
Duke also is back in the Elite Eight and faces top seed Louisville. (Follow it LIVE!) The Blue Devils proved Tom Izzo's kid right and sent Michigan State home Friday. Seth Curry is putting on a show in the tournament, his latest act being 29 points in the 71-61 win. Now Coach K is one win from his 12th Final Four appearance, which would tie John Wooden's record for a coach. He is tied for second with North Carolina's Dean Smith.
Coach K will have to beat Rick Pitino to get there. The Cards are the last No. 1 seed alive after ousting 12-seeded Oregon, 77-69 on Friday.
IF YOU MISSED IT ...
The Shockers became the second No. 9 seed ever to reach the Final Four on Saturday, shutting down Ohio State in the first half and then holding off a furious Buckeyes rally for an historic 70-66 win.
Wichita State joined Syracuse in the Final Four after the Orange, on a tear since the Big East Tournament, gave Big East rival Marquette fits with their defense in a 55-39 win. President Barack Obama was on hand in DC to watch the Orange punch their first ticket to the Final Four since 2003.
With Wichita State making its first trip to the Final Four since 1965 — and only second in school history — let's look at the biggest Cinderellas of the past 20 years.
Penn also made it to the Final Four as a 9-seed in 1979. Only three lower seeds have reached the Final Four (all as 11-seeds): LSU in 1986, George Mason in 2006 and VCU in 2011. No team seeded lower than 8 has made it to the national championship game. Butler lost as an 8-seed in the 2011 championship game and Villanova won the 1985 championship as an 8-seed, the lowest seed to win the title.
How's your bracket doing? Yeah, we thought so.
''We're all new to this, but I think we're ready for this,'' Shockers star Cleanthony Early said. ''We're going to prepare ourselves, and this game was pretty good preparation. We started at the bottom, and we've been working our way up.''
So can we expect a Shocker anthem like we got for FGCU?
ZONE DEFENSE: IT'S NOT COMPLICATED
And yet Marquette couldn't solve Syracuse's zone. The Golden Eagles scored seven points in the first 14 minutes ... and had zero first downs. This is Big East basketball at its most brutal. The most entertaining thing of the first half was the new "It's Not Complicated" commercial featuring Magic, Kareem, Bird and Bill Russell.
But Syracuse's zone held Marquette to a season low in scoring.
''We got the right personnel for each key position,'' C.J. Fair said. ''We got big long guards, we got big long forwards that can cover ground and our centers do a good job holding down the inside.''