2013 NCAA Tournament: Mitch McGary Helps Michigan Wolverines Advance to Sweet 16

By Dan Parzych
(Rich Osentoski/USA Today Sports)

If the Michigan Wolverines can play at the high level they played at against the VCU Rams in the third round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament over the next couple of weeks–this team could easily make a strong case to represent the South Region in the Final Four. One of the main reasons why Michigan was so successful against VCU on Saturday in their 78-53 win was because of center Mitch McGary and how far this team goes may heavily rely on the freshman’s shoulders.

For a team that has relied on Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke for the entire season, it was McGary who came up big for the Wolverines agains the Rams as he recorded a career high 21 points to go along with 14 rebounds as he was making plays left and right to help Michigan advance to the Sweet 16 next week. What’s even more impressive is Saturday marked just the third time all season McGary recorded a double-double and he couldn’t have picked a better time to come up for his squad

Heading into the tournament, Michigan was a team that was difficult to figure out as they started the year off with a 16-0 record–only to look inconsistent at times for the remainder of the season. However, through their first two games of this year’s tournament, the Wolverines look like the dominant team from the beginning of the year and with the way McGary has played against VCU and South Dakota State–this squad could be a team to keep an eye on heading into the Sweet 16 as they seem capable of making a run.

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