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NCAA Final Four: Syracuse vs. Michigan

A look at how the two teams match up heading into the NCAA tournament semifinals on Saturday.

April 05, 2013|Chris Dufresne
  • Michigan point guard Trey Burke, driving against Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin in the the South Regional final on Sunday, is the Associated Press player of the year.
Michigan point guard Trey Burke, driving against Florida guard Scottie… (Ronald Martinez / Getty…)



P; Ht.; Wt.; Statistics

F; C.J. Fair; 6-6; 215; 14.3 ppg

F; James Southerland; 6-8; 215; 13.5 ppg

C; Rakeem Christmas; 6-9; 242; 4.6 rpg

G; Brandon Triche; 6-4; 210; 13.7 ppg

G; Michael Carter-Williams; 6-6; 185; 12.1 ppg


DeJuan Coleman; 6-9; 288; 8.9 ppg

Baye Moussa Keita; 6-10; 215; 3.7 ppg



P; Ht.; Wt.; Statistics

F; Glenn Robinson III; 6-6; 210; 11.0 ppg

G; Tim Hardaway Jr.; 6-6; 205; 14.6 ppg

F; Mitch McGary; 6-10; 250; 6.2 rpg

G; Nik Stauskas; 6-6; 190; 11.5 ppg

G; Trey Burke; 6-0; 190; 18.8 ppg


F; Jon Horford; 6-10; 250; 2.3 rpg

F; Jordan Morgan; 6-8; 250; 4.7 ppg


Syracuse has turned things around after losing seven of its last 12 games entering the Big East tournament. There's no secret to the team's success: it's a suffocating 2-3 zone that has been baffling opponents for years. This could be Jim Boeheim's best defensive unit because of the Orange's size on the perimeter. Holding Marquette to 39 points was an achievement. Michigan has outscored four NCAA tournament teams by an average of 15.5 points. Guard Trey Burke is probably the best player left in the tournament. Michigan is a great offensive team that doesn't turn the ball over. The emergence of freshman forwardcenter Mitch McGary has been a crucial to Michigan's success.


Can Syracuse's defense keep a stranglehold on the Wolverines' offense? Michigan made 10 of 19 three-pointers in its regional final win over Florida. Syracuse's four opponents in the tournament have made 19 of 91 from three-point range. Syracuse's defense has been so dominant that the Orange went 12 minutes without a basket against California and still won. Syracuse is the first team in shot-clock era to hold three teams to less than 50 points in the NCAA tournament.

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