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Tonight we have the Final Four. One of the games will see Michigan take on Syracuse. For Michigan this will be their first Final Four appearance in 20 years. 2003 saw Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim and that year’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Carmelo Anthony defeat the University of Kansas to win the NCAA Tournament. The main headline of this game will be the Michigan offense taking on the Syracuse defense. Michigan has a fast paced offence led by Trey Burke. Syracuse’s defense proved to be dominant in the tournament so far. It held Indiana to 50 points and Marquette to 39 points. The Orange average 15.6 turnovers per game. Michigan can’t average that many turnovers and still win the game. On the plus side for the Wolverines is how well they have been doing beyond the 3-point line to avoid blocks on closeouts and the forwards have practiced high-low sets to try to find space in the low post. The Wolverines love to utilize their pick-and-roll offense that gives Burke the ability to drive off the screen, dump it in the post or kick out to a shooter. Syracuse will try to shut that down, but if Michigan can get past the Orange with great ball movement. What about the other side of the coin? Michigan’s defense will try to shut down the Orange offense. Michigan will have their hands full trying to contain Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche. Carter-Williams has been coming up huge for Syracuse and the Wolverines will have to stop him if they hope to move on to the championship game. One trend the Orange wants to see continue is the head to head coaching matchup of Jim Boeheim against John Beilein. Boeheim has won all nine games when these two coaches faced each other. For Beilein he has never had such a strong roster as he has this year. Boeheim may have years of tournament experience, but these two are not on the court, the players are so Beilein has a great shot at stopping Boeheim’s streak. This game looks to be close and come down to the waning seconds of the game. I feel that Michigan has the greater chance of moving on. Don’t be surprised to see this game going into overtime.

Jim Boeheim Unloads on Reporter Gregg Doyel Over Question About Returning Next Season (Video)

Perhaps Jim Boeheim was testy after a tough loss to Michigan or maybe he’s just sensitive about his age, but the Syracuse coach was not happy about a question regarding possible retirement.’s Gregg Doyel asked Boeheim “When do you think you’ll decide, announce, whatever whether or not you’re coming back next year or do you already know?” Boeheim was not...

Boeheim back next year, "As far as I know"

Fiery as ever at 68, Jim Boeheim wanted nothing to do with questions about whether he'll be returning to coach next season when Syracuse moves to the Atlantic Coast Conference. ''I'm not going to answer that question unless you ask every coach that question,'' Boeheim snapped at a reporter, minutes after a 61-56 loss to Michigan in the national semifinals...

Jim Boeheim gets into it with Gregg Doyel in Final Four post-game press conference

Gregg Doyel of CBS Sports decided to ask Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim a question following Cuse's Final Four loss to Michigan.

VIDEO: Jim Boeheim gets upset with Gregg Doyel during Final Four post game presser

Already testy after his Orange were eliminated in the Final Four by No. 4 Michigan, Jim Boeheim perhaps took out some frustrations on CBS’s Gregg Doyel. Boeheim’s outburst came during the post game press conference when Doyel asked the head coach if he was going back to Syracuse next season. Boeheim took offense to the [...]

Is this the last stand for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim?

Is this the last stand for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim?

Jim Boeheim Gives Syracuse the Edge Over Michigan in Final Four Matchup

For the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament, a pair of No. 4 seeds will face off in the Final Four as Syracuse faces Michigan on Saturday night in Atlanta. The Wolverines are two-point favorites at Bovada. History would seem to favor the underdog Orange. It’s the fourth time that coach Jim Boeheim has led Syracuse to the Final Four, and Syracuse won its previous three...

Coaches weigh in on attacking zone

Some get paid millions to try and solve the riddle facing the Michigan coaching staff at the Final Four this weekend. How do you score against the Syracuse 2-3 zone defense? Lately, there seems to be no answer. More than any single player, it's the amoeba-like creation crafted by Jim Boeheim over the past 37 seasons and honed to near perfection over the last month that'...

Three Hits: Michigan beats 'Cuse zone for win

ATLANTA Here are three observations from Michigan's 61-56 win over Syracuse in Saturday's second semifinal in Atlanta, a victory that will match the Wolverines up with the Louisville Cardinals in the national championship game: 1. Syracuse did not have the mismatches it maybe thought it did During Friday's breakout sessions with players from all four teams, Syracuse...

Bottling Up Burke: Syracuse Must Limit AP Player of the Year Trey to Win

Michigan Daily 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. Follow...

The Road to Atlanta

Despite youth, a late-season lull and tempered expectations, Syracuse hoops reached the Final Four in Atlanta for the first time since Carmelo Anthony led the Orange to Jim Boeheim's only national title. breaks down SU's road to Saturday's clash with Michigan inside.

Defense links legendary coaches

Rick Pitino loves to tell stories, and he does it very, very well. He'll talk for 10 minutes about the intervention he had with Peyton Siva last season because the point guard was spreading himself too thin and saying yes to everybody. He'll talk on and on about the heated rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville. He'll tell the same story about his early days in coaching...
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