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March 24, 2013

Shock 'em: Wichita State ousts No. 1 Gonzaga

NCAA tournament — East and South Region roundups

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SOUTH REGIONAL



MICHIGAN 78, VCU 53


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time since 1994.

VCU (27-9) was relentless in a 46-point rout of Akron on Thursday night, but the Rams met their match against Michigan's cool-headed backcourt. Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. rarely looked rattled against VCU, and although Michigan (28-7) committed 12 turnovers, the Rams couldn't turn many of them into quick scoring opportunities.

McGary, a 6-foot-10 freshman, set season highs in scoring and rebounding.

The 71-point swing by VCU — from a 46-point win to a 25-point loss — was the largest in NCAA tournament history, according to STATS. In 1968, Houston beat Texas Christian 103-68 then lost to UCLA 101-69 for a 67-point swing.

The Wolverines will play the winner of Sunday's game between Kansas and North Carolina in Arlington, Texas.

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