Michigan beats South Dakota State behind Robinson
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Nate Wolters helped contain Trey Burke, so in the much-anticipated matchup of star point guards, South Dakota State more than held its own.
It was the rest of the Michigan lineup that the Jackrabbits had trouble with.
Glenn Robinson III and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points each and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds as fourth-seeded Michigan overcame a rough night for Burke in a 71-56 NCAA Tournament win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State last night.
"We were trying to make Glenn Robinson beat us," South Dakota State forward Jordan Dykstra said. "Unfortunately, he kind of did tonight."
Burke made only two field goals and left the game briefly in the second half after a hard fall under the basket. He came back after that but finished with six points and seven assists.
South Dakota State (25-10) trailed Michigan (27-7) by four at halftime but couldn't keep up. Wolters had 10 points, but Burke was limited to single digits for the first time all season.
"We knew he was frustrated. I could see it in his body language in the first half," South Dakota State coach Scott Nagy said. "Nate's a tremendous defender and he doesn't get much credit for it, but he did a good job."
Robinson, the son of the former Purdue star with the same name, scored Michigan's first 11 points of the second half, including three three-pointers. He finished 8-for-9 from the field. Hardaway, another Michigan player with a familiar name, went 8-for-13 and made five three-pointers.
"My confidence has always been there, but tonight the ball just felt right coming out of my hand," Robinson said. "It hasn't felt like that for a while, but when I started hitting shots, my teammates went right back to me. That's the way this team plays. Even when Trey isn't hitting shots, he's making passes and getting us open shots."
VCU 88, Akron 42: Troy Daniels scored 23 points and Juvonte Reddic had 21 as VCU (27-8) posted the most lopsided victory by a No. 5 seed over a No. 12 in NCAA Tournament history. The previous mark was set by Wyoming in a 35-point win over Howard in 1981 and matched by Tennessee against Long Beach State in 2007, according to STATS. The Rams will play Michigan tomorrow. Akron dropped to 26-7.