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Michigan continues its dominating run to the title as the Wolverines beat Syracuse 61-56 tonight down in Atlanta. Now, the Cardinals and Rick Pitino await. Things got close there in the second half, but the Wolverines displayed a poise beyond their years.
Unheralded freshman contributed big early and Mitch McGary once again proved he is the most dominate force in college basketball. The Wolverines got up big then hung on late to earn the most improbable victory and birth in the title game Monday night.
The freshmen came to play as guards Spike Albrecht, Chris LeVert and monster forward Mitch McGary kept the Wolverines in the game by contributing 18 points and making key plays to help build the 11 point halftime Wolverine lead.
Multi-Player of the year Award winning sophomore guard Trey Burke had an off-night shooting the ball going 1-of-8 from the field for 7 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines with 13 points and Mitch McGary grabbed 12 rebounds on the day.
Not too many people expected Blue to get this far but here they are, one victory away from a national title.
At this point, there is no reason to think they are not going to get it.
Hail Yeah! Go Blue!! What else can be said?
BEST OF MAXIM
Trey Burke was awarded yet another Player of Year honor as the Naismith Player of the Year was announced at the NABC Guardians of the Game Awards Show on Sunday evening.
The Naismith award is the fourth major Player of the Year honor that Burke received this weekend in Atlanta. Burke also received Associated Press, John Wooden and USBWA Oscar Roberston Player of the Year awards...
Michigan Basketball lost to Louisville in the National Championship game on Monday night by a final score of 82-76. It was a bitter end to a fantastic season for the Wolverines.
How the game was lost
Powered by 17 points from Spike Albrecht, Michigan opened up a 12 point lead in the first half with three minutes left to play. Louisville countered with a 14-3 run that was...
Another day, another national player of the year award for Wolverine sophomore guard Trey Burke as today he was awarded the 2013 Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T.
Burke becomes the first Wolverine ever be honored with this award given out by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and only the fifth Big Ten player to receive said recognition.
The Naismith was the last of the major individual...
The Michigan Wolverines and Louisville Cardinals held their mandatory press conferences on Sunday, but there's not much left to say.
The nation's best offense will face the nation's best defense Monday night, and the winner will take home a national championship.
For the Wolverines to earn their second NCAA tournament title, they'll need a big game from Trey Burke...
Jim Boeheim’s 2-3 zone has prevented great guards from scoring in this tournament. Orange Nation worried Cal’s Allen Crabbe, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Marquette’s Vander Blue would be able to bust the zone and find ways to score. Instead, SU’s defense has been historically good and shut down all of the elite scorers its faced en route to Atlanta.
Shortly before CBS cut to Trey Burke receiving the Naismith Award as the top player in the country, the Michigan point guard wasn’t even the best...
1. Trey Burke (Michigan)- Burke was just named the National Player of the Year. He willed his team to victory against Kansas, by hitting a three to tie the game as time expired. Along with his scoring he is also averaging 8 apg.
2. Russ Smith (Louisville)- There is no quicker player from end to end that Smith, he can drive to the hoop 1 on 5 and score if he wants too. Smith is the...
Michigan’s starting backcourt was also available in breakout sessions this afternoon. Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas will face arguably the best pressure defense in the country on Monday evening and discussed the upcoming challenge. Watch all three players in the embedded media players below.
Hardaway and Stauskas after the jump.
John Beilein, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Spike Albrecht were on the podium for Michigan after its championship game loss to Louisville. Read comments from Beilein and his players in the transcript below.
COACH BEILEIN: I’ve had a lot of really good teams over the years, some emotional locker rooms. That one was as emotional, or most emotional we’ve ever...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Spike Albrecht had the time of his life in the first half for Michigan in the NCAA title game. With point guard Trey Burke on the bench in early foul trouble, Albrecht made all four of his 3-point shots in the half against Louisville. Michigan had a 38-37 lead at halftime, thanks to Albrecht's 17 points. Not bad for a freshman who was averaging 1.8 points...
Michigan headman John Beilein alongside Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. discussed Michigan's upcoming Final Four match-up with Syracuse. The trio commented on the challenges the Orange present, attacking the 2-3 zone, Fab Five comparisons, and more.
With almost 10 minutes of game time gone by in Michigan’s 61-56 win over Syracuse on Saturday night, the Orange had jumped out to a 14-9 lead and the Wolverines were searching for offense.
Michigan’s usual scoring weapons — Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nik Stauskas — simply weren’t getting it done. Burke had missed the only two shots he took, Stauskas...
Watch Michigan’s press conference after its five point win over Syracuse on Saturday night as John Beilein, Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Mitch McGary face the media on the podium.
Read the full transcript here.