Originally written on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 4/6/13
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 Mitch McGary 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 ended the drought with a much needed triple. Michigan got key buckets from Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III to stretch the lead back out to 53-45 with under 4 minutes to play in the game. Hardaway Jr made two clutch free throws and on the ensuing possession he fouled out Michael Carter-Williams by drawing an offensive foul. Michigan missed 4 free throws in the final minute to make it a really stressful finish. The Wolverines had a 59-56 lead with 11 seconds left. Syracuse turned to Trevor Cooney to drive, he missed the shot, Hardaway grabbed the rebound and flipped it to LeVert before he fell out of bounds. LeVert found a streaking Jordan Morgan, who had fouled out Brandon Triche just moments earlier, and Morgan put an exclamation point on Michigan’s victory with a thunderous dunk. 3 stars 1. Mitch McGary notched his third double-double of the tournament and keyed Michigan’s dismantling of the Syracuse zone in the first half. He also dished out a career-high 6 assists and blocked two shots. McGary finished with 10 pointa and 12 boards. 2. Tim Hardaway Jr. led Michigan with 13 points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds and handed out 5 assists. Hardaway Jr game up huge in the game’s final moments. He drained two clutch free throws with 1:19 left to play. He fouled out Michael Carter-Williams. He preserved a key possession with 28 seconds left when he saved a Trey Burke pass from going out of bounds. Burke would connect on 1-2 free throws to cap the possession. Then on Syracuse’s final shot, it was Hardaway who pulled down the rebound. 3. Glenn Robinson III finished with 10 points and 6 boards on 5-7 shooting. He came up with big plays when Michigan needed them. News and notes Caris LeVert and Spike Albrecht both came off the bench and knocked down two first half triples. Michigan had 21 bench points. The Wolverines had 17 assists on 21 made field goals. Next Michigan will play Louisville on Monday night for the National Championship. Tip off is scheduled for 9:20pm If you would like to receive an email notification each time a Michigan Basketball story is posted you can fill out the Email Notification Form. Stay connected with our coverage by subscribing to our Michigan Basketball feed. You can follow us on Twitter Rob White and Joe White
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