ARLINGTON, Texas -- Trey Burke and Michigan had the perfect response for everyone who said they were too young or not tough enough to make it all the way to Atlanta.

The championship trophy for the South Region is headed back to Ann Arbor, while another fabulous group of young Wolverines is going to the Final Four.

Led by Burke and sharpshooting guard Nik Stauskas, one of three freshman starters, Michigan controlled Florida from start to finish in a 79-59 win Sunday at Cowboys Stadium.

"It means the world -- 20 years has passed and we haven't been on that stage yet," said Tim Hardaway Jr., the junior elder statesman in the starting lineup.

The last time Michigan made it this far was the Fab Five era of the early 1990s, what until now had been considered the program's glory years.

Might be time to start rethinking that.

Once they got ahead Sunday, the Wolverines (30-7) maintained a double-digit lead against the experienced Gators (29-8), who won the regular-season title in the Southeastern Conference but lost in a regional final for the third straight year.

"We've almost become numb to it now. Been here before," Gators junior center Patric Young said. "I just really wish we were out there cutting the nets down."

Stauskas scored 22 points while making all six of his 3-pointers. Burke, the South Region's Most Outstanding Player, scored 15 points even while dealing with some spasms in his upper back, and 6-foot-10 freshman Mitch McGary had 11 points and nine rebounds.


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"Seeing it all come together, I don't what to say," sixth-year Wolverines coach John Beilein said. "I'm a little bit speechless."

With four wins in this NCAA tourney, the Wolverines already have more tournament victories than their total (three) from the end of the Fab Five era to this season.

Florida is the first team to make it to three consecutive regional finals without winning at least one of them, according to STATS LLC.

"This one, we didn't play well enough or deserve to win," Gators coach Billy Donovan said.

The Gators were able to recover from an early deficit against Florida Gulf Coast for a 62-50 win Friday night.

It was another story facing Big Blue.

McGary's jumper made it 13-0 only 3:05 into the game. Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 guard from Canada, put the Wolverines up by 24 points with 4:08 left in the first half after two consecutive 3s from the left corner in a span of 27 seconds.

Florida missed its first seven shots before Will Yeguete made a layup more than 3½ minutes into the game.