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Michigan Basketball defeated Syracuse 61-56 on Saturday night. The Wolverines will play Louisville on Monday for the National Championship.
How the game was won
All week long we had about Syracuse and their vaunted zone defense. Michigan had the answer in the form of tournament sensation Mitch McGary. The freshman big man was like Godzilla in the middle of the zone defense, the Orange defenders were helpless against him as dished, drived, dunked and blocked his way to a fifth consecutive masterpiece performance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
To be fair, Syracuse’s zone had been tremendous through four games of the tournament as the held the opposition to 29% from the field and a paltry 15% from beyond the arc. The Orange also tightened up there defense in the second half and slowly chipped away at Michigan’s lead.
They were able to trim U-M’s lead down to 45-41 with 11:00 minutes to play. During the Orange run, Michigan went 4:30 without scoring before Tim Hardaway Jr en...
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Michigan basketball will play in their first NCAA championship game since 1993 when they square off with Louisville on Monday night for ultimate bragging rights. Their opponent will be the #1 seeded Louisville Cardinals. The game will air on CBS and tip is set for 9:20 eastern.
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Mitch McGary has been the story of the NCAA tournament leading into tonight's championship game. Now Michigan's talented frosh hopes to write another memorable chapter. The Wolverines' star big man met with the media to discuss the trust he recently earned from his teammates and coaches, the freedom he has to be a playmaker on the floor, the challenges Louisville presents...
Mitch McGary has been all over the news. He makes the team whole. He's one of the top freshman ever in the NCAA Tournament. He rides a unicycle!
A lot of this is hyperbole written by people who have watched him play parts of five games this season. When a story begins "The legend of Mitch McGary," then you know you've got a problem. But part of it is genuine...
Check out Michigan's Mitch McGary shut the door on Syracuse's opening possessions in the 2013 Final Four showdown.
Mitch McGary and the Michigan Wolverines withstood a second half Syracuse surge to hold on for a 61-56 win to advance to the National Championship Game.
Finishing the first half with a 21-8 run the Wolverines went into the break with a 36-25 lead over Syracuse after getting some very strong play from the bench. That solid play from Michigan’s reserves helped offset Trey Burke scoring...
While previewing tonight's championship match-up between Michigan and Louisville, GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb was joined by former Michigan standout,Jimmy King. They broke down the Maize & Blue's advantages and potential pitfalls, the sudden emergence of Mitch McGary, the multiple salutes to the Fab 5 by this year's team, and the possibility (or lack thereof)...
On Sunday's GoBlueWolverine Radio Hour, LIVE from Atlanta, GA, site of 2013's Final Four, Sam Webb, Andre Barthwell, Kyle Bogenschutz, and Tom Beaver discuss Michigan's advance to the NCAA championship game. The crew reflected upon another stellar performance by Mitch McGary vs Syracuse, the valuable contributions from the bench, discussed the upcoming battle with Louisville...
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...
Tweet Michigan is up 38-37 over Louisville at halftime of the NCAA men’s basketball national championship, thanks in large part to the hot shooting of freshman guard Spike Albrecht (6-7 FG, 4-4 3-pt, 17 pts). But this highlight is courtesy of classmate Mitch McGary, who blocked Cardinals guard Russ Smith at one end then [...]
Score: No. 4 Michigan 61, No. 4 Syracuse 56
Star(s): Syracuse: C.J. Fair 22 Pts, 7 Reb Michigan: Mitch McGary 10 Pts, 12 Reb, 6 Ast.
Story: It’s over. The run many never expected from the Syracuse Orange has come to an end at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan jumped out to a lead in the first half, figuring out the zone defense that had stumped other teams in...
Michigan’s players were available to the media Friday afternoon to preview Saturday’s Final Four showdown with Syracuse. Recent Player of the Year Award winner Trey Burke was available along with teammates Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to discuss all aspects of their match-up with the Orange.
McGary and Robinson after the jump.
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.