Final Four Recap

#4Michigan (30-7) 67
#4Syracuse (30-9) 70

If the 2013 NCAA Tournament does in fact represent Jim Boeheim's swan song, what a way to bow out. The Syracuse coach has his squad playing perhaps the best defense in the tournament, as Orange opponents have been held to 28.9 percent shooting and have combined to connect on 14 of 91 three-point attempts (15.4 percent). The Michigan Wolverines are the latest team tasked with solving the riddle of Boeheim's zone defense.

Michigan quickly established that they would not be befuddled by the Syracuse 2-3 zone defense. Tim Hardaway, Jr. connected on a three-pointer 12 seconds into the game, one of five first-half makes by the Wolverines. Michigan built a lead that stretched to eight but a Michael Carter-Williams free throw and a James Southerland buzzer-beating three-point jumper cut the Wolverine advantage to 33-29 heading into the break.

The Orange carried their momentum into the second stanza, scoring the first six points to capture a 35-33 lead. The two teams traded baskets before Syracuse used an 11-2 run to go ahead 61-50 with four minutes remaining. Facing elimination, Michigan clawed its way back and cut the deficit to 69-67 on a Glenn Robinson III trey with 12 seconds remaining. C.J. Fair then missed two free throws, giving the Wolverines a chance to tie or take the lead. Long-range ace Nik Stauskas hoisted a triple from the right corner but 6'10" Baye Keita closed out and blocked the attempt, securing the ball and the win.

Syracuse placed four starters in double figures, led by Brandon Triche's 17 points. Carter-Williams added 14 points, eight assists and four steals. Michigan's Trey Burke recorded 13 points, seven dimes and three steals in the losing effort. Four other Wolverines scored in double figures as well, while Mitch McGary was the game leader with nine rebounds.

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Michigan

Player MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST BLK STL TO PF TP
Nik Stauskas*344-92-60-043001310
Glenn Robinson III*325-91-20-230001011
Trey Burke*325-103-30-227033313
Tim Hardaway Jr.*325-103-40-052102313
Mitch McGary*274-70-00-29011348
Jon Horford153-40-04-441001110
Spike Albrecht120-40-20-01000200
Caris LeVert80-00-00-00200010
Jordan Morgan80-10-02-22000012
TOTALS 200 26-54 9-17 6-12 30 15 2 4 13 16 67
    48.1% 52.9% 50.0%              

Syracuse

Player MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A REB AST BLK STL TO PF TP
C.J. Fair*365-81-13-672121014
Michael Carter-Williams*365-142-62-538044414
James Southerland*334-143-90-050002311
Brandon Triche*326-91-24-455013117
Baye Keita221-20-03-47020135
Rakeem Christmas*223-40-00-05133116
Jerami Grant100-10-00-02000120
Trevor Cooney91-21-20-00001003
TOTALS 200 25-54 8-20 12-19 34 16 6 11 13 14 70
    46.3% 40.0% 63.2%              
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