Nik Stauskas might have scored 19 points and Mitch McGary had eight points before the Florida players worked up a sweat Sunday afternoon, but Florida coach Billy Donovan knows whom to blame for his team's 79-59 loss to Michigan:
Naismith Award finalist Trey Burke.
"It's all a result of Burke ... it's all a result of Burke," Donovan said. "Those guys, they do not have players that really are able to create for themselves. But what happens is because Burke is such a great scorer -- I liken it to when we played Florida Gulf Coast with (Brett) Comer, it's the same thing. Comer gets in there and when he gets into the paint, he's got a good enough size to score and he also can find people."
Florida guard Kenny Boynton (13 points) agreed that Burke, who was named the region's most outstanding player, adds another dimension to the U-M offense.
"Yeah, it was Burke who would come off a screen and McGary, it would be the wing man's job to kind of stick with McGary for a second until the big guy gets back," Boynton explained. "I think we overrotated. And the shooter, (Stauskas) just knocked down shots. I think he made six of six. He shot the lights out."
This was Florida's third consecutive loss in an Elite Eight game and it caught Boynton by surprise.
"I was disappointed as a team knowing that we were in this situation before," he said. "And again, the shooter (Stauskas), I can't pronounce his name, we gave him open looks and he made us pay."
The Gators also paid because while they couldn't stop U-M's offense, they couldn't manage any semblance of an offense themselves early in the game.
"We probably needed to have more of a presence at the basket," Donovan said. "I thought we got that on some drives and some post feeds, but a lot of times we weren't able to convert."
And that is why Florida's season ended one game short of the Final Four for the third straight season.
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