Michigan senior Kayla MacLennan cheers before a regional final game against Florida in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Sunday, March 31, 2013, in Arlington, Texas.
Three the easy way
Michigan guard Nik Stauskas couldn't miss Sunday, knocking down all six of his from three-point range to finish with a game-high 22 points as the Wolverines rolled past Florida 79-59 for a spot in the Final Four. It's the first time Michigan has reached the Final Four since 1994.
Florida Gators fans didn't have much to cheer for during the game. Michigan jumped out to a 13-0 lead and never looked back as Florida was held to 41-percent shooting from the floor, including 20 percent from deep.
Florida Gators cheerleader Tarin Moses, the girlfriend of Gators QB Jeff Driskel, performs against the Michigan Wolverines.
A fan watches warm-ups before a regional final game between Florida and Michigan.
Though he shot just 5 of 16 from the floor, Trey Burke fueled Michigan's potent attack. The Wolverines star finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and three steals in the blowout victory.
Beggars can't be choosers
The Gators' Erik Murphy (33) and Mike Rosario can only watch as Florida loses in the Elite 8 for the third consecutive season. The ending had to be especially bitter for Murphy, who went 0 for 11 from the floor and finished scoreless in 22 minutes.
The good news is Billy Donovan and the Gators reached the Elite 8 for three consecutive years. The bad news is Florida has failed to reach the Final Four for the third consecutive season.
A first for everything
Michigan head coach John Beilein led the Wolverines to their first Final Four since 1994 and reached his first trip to the semifinals.
Cardinals guard Peyton Siva (3) and forward Chane Behanan (left) react after Kevin Ware broke his leg in the first half against Duke.
Easier said than done
While Kevin Ware yelled for his team to win without him, his fellow Cardinals struggled to come to grips with what was happening to their teammate. Guard Russ Smith (No. 2) was the most visibly shaken, struggling to compose himself as teammates rallied around one another.
Refuse to lose
Kevin Ware encourages teammate Luke Hancock as Ware is tended to by medical personnel. The Cards said Ware's words inspired them to win.
But they played on
Once Kevin Ware was taken off the court on a stretcher, the Cardinals put their minds back to basketball. After a delay of roughly 10 minutes, the Louisville players huddled, refocused and played on for their fallen teammate.
And there was no stopping them
When Ware left the game, the Cardinals held a 21-20 lead. Over the game's final 26-1/2 minutes, Louisville outscored Duke 64-43, battering the Blue Devils when they took the ball inside and forcing turnovers with a stifling pressure defense along the perimeter. What had been billed as the battle of the tournament turned into a blowout. What could have been one of the most agonizing moments in tournament history instead turned into one of the most inspirational.
Louisville forward Chane Behanan celebrates while wearing the jersey of teammate Kevin Ware, who broke his leg while facing the Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Louisville won 85-63.
And the ride's not over
On Sunday night, Kevin Ware had surgery on his broken leg, with family tweeting out photos of him in his hospital bed. Also on Sunday night, the Louisville basketball program began making arrangements for a trip to Atlanta later this week, where they will face upstart Wichita State in the Final Four on Saturday. The Cardinals, the top-seeded team in the tournament, will enter the game as clear favorites. And they will enter the game with Ware on their minds and in their hearts — and his jersey in the locker room, even if he is unable to be there. But even if he cannot make it to Atlanta, his job is done — he led his team to the Final Four.
Wichita State players celebrate after beating Ohio State 70-66 in the finals of the West regional to advance to the Final Four.
Wichita State forward Cleanthony Early (11) and Ohio State guard Aaron Craft (4) compete for a loose ball.
The Ohio State cheerleaders perform as the Buckeyes take on Wichita State.
Wichita Satte's Tekele Cotton (32) crowds Deshaun Thomas (1) of Ohio State as Thomas tries to drive to the basket.
All over it
Ohio State forward Deshaun Thomas (1) and Wichita State forward Carl Hall (22) fight for a loose ball during the first half.
Head over heels
Ohio State Buckeyes mascot performs against the Wichita State Shockers during the first half of the finals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Let's do this
The Ohio State Buckeyes huddle before the first half of the finals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament against the Wichita State Shockers at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Ohio State Buckeyes center Amir Williams (No. 23) gets the tipoff against Wichita State Shockers forward Cleanthony Early (No. 11) during the first half of the finals of the West regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Saturday.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim cuts down the net after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 55-39 in the finals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.
Strike up the band
The Ohio State Buckeyes band performs before taking on the Wichita State Shockers in the West Regional Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Staples Center on Saturday in Los Angeles.
Syracuse Orange forward James Southerland (No. 43) rebounds against the Marquette Golden Eagles during the second half of the finals of the East regional of the 2013 NCAA Tournament at the Verizon Center. Syracuse won and move on to the Final Four.
Final Four score
The Syracuse Orange players hold up the East regional trophy after defeating the Marquette Golden Eagles 55-39 at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday. They move on to next week's Final Four.
President Barack Obama acknowledges the crowd while attending the East Regional Round Final between the Syracuse Orange and the Marquette Golden Eagles at Verizon Center on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Syracuse Orange guard Michael Carter-Williams drives to the basket as Marquette Golden Eagles guard Trent Lockett goes down during the first half of the East regional finals at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
On the floor
C.J. Fair of the Syracuse Orange fights for the rebound against Trent Lockett of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the East Regional Round Final at Verizon Center on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Syracuse Orange fans express their love before the finals of the East regional against the Marquette Golden Eagles at the Verizon Center on Saturday.
Watch the ball
C.J. Fair (No. 5) of the Syracuse Orange and Rakeem Christmas (No. 25) of the Syracuse Orange fight for the rebound against Trent Lockett (No. 22) of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the East Regional Round Final of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Verizon Center on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Sweatband of brothers
Marquette Golden Eagles fans Cooper Smith and his brother Grady pose for a photo before the finals of the East regional against the Syracuse Orange in the 2013 NCAA tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., on Saturday.