SEATTLE -- It hadn't been a pleasurable tournament for Jalen Rose. Michigan's second-leading scorer a year ago and a huge reason why the Wolverines made it to the Final Four, Rose came to Seattle having been yanked in overtime of the team's second-round win over UCLA.
"For a total floor game," Rose said before yesterday's game against Temple, "I think I'll have to play a lot better for us to win a national title."
That total floor game was back for the 6-foot-8 sophomore point guard, who scored a team-high 17 points -- 13 in the second half -- in helping the Wolverines advance to the Final Four. Rose had six turnovers in Friday's win over George Washington, but didn't commit one in 38 minutes yesterday.
"Jalen Rose is the head of our team and when he plays the way he did [yesterday], we're tough on anybody," said Michigan coach Steve Fisher. "He did what winners do -- he led the team and got everybody involved."
Rose's play yesterday earned him a spot on the all-tournament team with teammates Juwan Howard and Chris Webber, and Temple's Eddie Jones and Aaron McKie. Webber was named the Most Outstanding Player of the West Regional.
Statistics told a big story in how yesterday's game changed. In the first half Temple forced eight Michigan turnovers -- all off steals -- and converted them into 18 points. In the second half Temple had only one steal, and Michigan committed just two turnovers.
Other numbers of note: Michigan's bench outscored Temple's, 12-1. Eric Riley had nine points on four of five shooting to lead the Michigan substitutes.
Before yesterday Temple had outscored its opponents by 43 points at the foul line in three tournament games, but it was outscored by Michigan, 17-12.
The seeding game
This is the first time that three No. 1 seeds have made it to the Final Four.
Kentucky, which won the Southeast Conference championship, is the only No. 1 that received an automatic bid to the tournament. Michigan and North Carolina made the tournament as at-large teams.
The Kingdome has been good to Michigan coach Fisher. As Michigan's interim coach in 1989, he won two games here during the Final Four, and is now 4-0 in the building.
"I'm officially a candidate for the Washington job," Fisher joked about the vacant position at the University of Washington. "They're pretty good to me here."
Michigan has lost one game in the Kingdome -- to North Carolina in the 1988 West Regional.
Fisher is now 16-2 in NCAA tournament games, the best winning percentage (.889) of any active coach. His teams are 9-0 in tournament games decided by five points or less.
Under Fisher, Michigan is 30-4, which ties a school record for victories in a season.
Temple's final hurdle
Temple has lost in a regional final for the third time in six years. Duke eliminated the Owls, 63-53, in an East Regional final in 1988, and North Carolina beat them, 75-72, in an East Regional final in 1991.
In losing, Temple dropped to 9-2 on neutral courts this season.
Yesterday crowd of 24,196 was a new record for a West Regional single date, breaking the previous record of 24,021 that was set during Friday's semifinals.
Four on the floor
Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan and North Carolina are no strangers to the Final Four:
School .. .. .. .. Final 4s .. .. Titles
Kentucky ... .. .. 8 ... .. .. .. 5
Kansas .. .. .. .. 9 ... .. .. .. 2
North Carolina ... 9 ... .. .. .. 2
Michigan ... .. .. 4 ... .. .. .. 1