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 guard Brandon Triche could be heard saying his team could exploit mismatches at every position on the floor against Michigan
Well, Mitch McGary proved to be a mismatch for Syracuse's zone.
The freshman has been one of the best players throughout the NCAA tournament his performances against VCU and Kansas particularly stand out and he was indeed a problem for coach Jim Boeheim's 2-3 zone. By letting McGary roam around the free throw line and then attack the soft spots in the zone, either by driving the ball to the hoop or passing, he was able to help the Wolverines consistently find points against the fearsome Sy...