Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points and Mitch McGary added 13 points and nine rebounds, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Trey Burke.
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 gave the Jackrabbits trouble.
Glenn Robinson III scored 21 points, helping fourth-seeded Michigan overcome a rough night for Burke in a 71-56 NCAA tournament win over 13th-seeded South Dakota State Thursday night.
“We were trying to make Glenn Robinson beat us,” South Dakota State forward Jordan Dykstra said. “Unfortunately, he kind of did tonight.”
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Burke made only two field goals and left briefly after a hard fall under the basket in the second half. He returned, but finished with only six points, the first time all season he didn’t reach double digits.
Michigan (27-7) advanced anyway behind Robinson, Mitch McGary (13 points and nine rebounds) and Tim Hardaway Jr. (21 points). The Wolverines play Virginia Commonwealth on Saturday.
South Dakota State (25-10) trailed by only four at halftime but couldn’t keep up. Wolters, the high-scoring guard, was held to 10 points.
Michigan lost to another No. 13 seed, Ohio, in last year’s tournament. They looked vulnerable again before Robinson scored the Wolverines’ first 11 points of the second half.
Virginia Commonwealth 88, Akron 42
In Auburn Hills, Troy Daniels had 23 points, Juvonte Reddic scored 21 and VCU (27-8) routed Akron (26-7) in the most lopsided victory by a fifth-seeded team 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 Zips were without suspended point guard Alex Abreu and reserve guard Deji Ibitayo (back spasms), and guard Brian Walsh and center Pat Forsythe were limited by the flu.