Michigan cruises past VCU, 78-53, in NCAA Tournament

Published On: Mar 23 2013 02:14:03 PM EDT
Updated On: Mar 23 2013 02:57:12 PM EDT
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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 Saturday, beating the fifth-seeded Rams 78-53 to advance to the NCAA 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. VCU had no answer for him around the basket, and when the Rams couldn't create easy baskets with their pressure, they were finished.

Michigan will play either No. 1 Kansas or No. 8 North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

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