Finals Watch: AP Coach, player of the year

ATLANTA (AP) — Michigan guard Trey Burke has been named The Associated Press’ college basketball player of the year, and Miami’s Jim Larranaga has been named the AP’s coach of the year.

Burke wasn’t able to attend the ceremony Thursday, he was with his the Wolverine teammates preparing for the national semifinal against Syracuse on Saturday night.

Larranaga was on hand and spoke to the media afterward.

Burke is the first Michigan player to win the award since Cazzie Russell in 1966. Burke got 31 votes, easily outdistancing Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown, who had 16.

Larranaga won his award with 29 votes. Jim Crews of Saint Louis was second with 19.

— Noah Trister — http://twitter.com/@noahtrister

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NCAA Finals Watch follows the Final Four games and all the activities surrounding the event as seen by journalists from The Associated Press from across Atlanta. It will be updated throughout the day with breaking news and other items of interest. Follow AP reporters on Twitter where available.

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