Trey Burke scored just seven points, but Michigan used a balanced attack to dispatch Syracuse on Saturday night and advance to Monday’s national title game vs. Louisville. Tim Hardaway Jr. (13 points), Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III (10 points) carried the offensive load as Michigan helped John Beilein record his first victory over Jim Boeheim in 10 tries. [ GALLERY: View all the best shots from Michigan national semi victory ] Why Michigan won: Michigan needed to shoot well, hit the offensive glass and limit turnovers to win. And, it did two of those things well to earn the
It’s official: Michigan will play for its first national championship since 1989. The Wolverines downed Syracuse, 61-56, in Saturday night’s national semifinal at the Georgia Dome to advance to the national championship game. Michigan will face top overall seed Louisville on Monday night. Check out our photo gallery from Saturday night’s game. Click on a photo to see the full image and enter our photo gallery.
Mitch McGary totaled 10 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high six assists to lift Michigan past Syracuse, 61-56, in Saturday’s national semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Attacking Syracuse’s suffocating zone defense in the first half with 3-pointers, crisp passing and a fearless attitude, the Wolverines advanced to play Louisville in the national championship game Monday night. Michigan (31-7) will be going for its first national title since 1989. Syracuse (30-10) failed to complete an all-Big East final in the fabled league’s last season before breaking up. [ BOX | AP RECAP | NCAA BRACKET | ALL PHOTOS |
Leading up to Saturday night’s Michigan-Syracuse semifinal at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Nebraska coach Tim Miles stopped by the BTN set to talk about their teams and the Final Four. Watch the Izzo interview now and find the Miles one in this post. [ RELATED: View the interactive 2013 NCAA bracket ] Here’s our interview with Miles: And ESPN’s Jay Bilas stopped on by, too:
The show “BTN at the Final Four” airs this morning three times in preparation for Michigan Final Four game against Syracuse later today in Atlanta. Guests on the hour-long show include Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Nebraska’s Tim Miles, former Georgetown Head Coach John Thompson, Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, former NBA stars Dave Cowens and Artis Gilmore, Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger, former Duke star Bobby Hurley, and Basketball Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson. The show will air Saturday at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m. ET. Find the full BTN TV schedule here. [ RELATED: BTN
Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 John R. Wooden Award on Friday finishing just ahead of Indiana’s Victor Oladipo. The Wolverines’ sophomore guard averaged 18.8 points and 6.8 assists a game and has led Michigan to the Final Four. Four of the top ten finishers for this award are from the Big Ten. In the voting, Burke had 2,808 points, just ahead of second-place finisher Oladipo (2,718). Returning Wooden All American Doug McDermott of Creighton was third (2,344,) followed by Otto Porter, Jr. of Georgetown (2,144) and Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (2,079). 2013 WOODEN VOTING Trey Burke, Michigan, 2808 points Victor Oladipo, Indiana, 2718
After nearly five months of basketball, we’re now down to the Final Four, with Michigan the lone Big Ten representative. Needless to say, a national title for the Wolverines would provide a nice boost for the conference’s reputation, as banners carry more lasting relevance than computer ratings that have pegged the Big Ten as the nation’s best conference for three years running. Rightly or wrongly, postseason success trumps all else. With that in mind, what are Michigan’s chances Saturday night against Syracuse? KenPom projects the game as a virtual toss-up, with the Wolverines favored by a 67-66 score in 63
He won Big Ten Player of the Year. He led Michigan to its first Final Four since 1993. He was named the AP player of the year earlier this week. And on Friday, Trey Burke won the 2013 U.S. Basketball Writers Association Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award. Watch the replay of Friday morning’s press conference in this post and tune in for “Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition” at 7:30 p.m. ET to see our one-on-one interview with Burke. Previous winners of this award include Anthony Davis of Kentucky, the 2012 winner. Here’s the complete list of past winners.
Of the seven Big Ten teams selected for the NCAA tourney back on March 17, I didn’t think Michigan would be the last one standing. Not by a long shot. But, here are the Wolverines, heading to Atlanta for the school’s first Final Four since it made back-to-back runs in 1992 and 1993 behind the “Fab Five.” In some ways, though, Michigan’s run to college hoops Holy Grail shouldn’t be a shock. The similarities between this Michigan squad and the one that claimed the school’s last championship in 1988-89 are striking. To start with, many have referenced that ’88-89 season
Michigan assistant Bacari Alexander is known for his cheesy pregame pep talks, and he added another example prior to the South Region final Sunday. This time, Alexander used his literal tactics to hammer home the importance of a sports cliche. Alexander, stressing that the team had to play with a chip on its shoulder vs. Florida, placed a potato chip on the left shoulder of the team’s starters. Watch Alexander’s speech at the 1:15 mark of the video above. Here’s what Alexander told the Wolverines after he placed the chip on their shoulders: “I tell you what, fellas, you got