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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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