Atlanta (WSYR-TV) – Balanced scoring carried the Michigan Wolverines past Syracuse University 61-56 and on to the NCAA Tournament championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
Michigan received a strong contribution from Tim Hardaway, Glenn Robinson III, and Mitch McGary – along with a significant first-half effort from its bench.
Michigan’s reigning Wooden Award winner – Trey Burke – was quiet through much of the game, but finished with 7 points.
Both SU and Michigan were seeded No. 4 in their respective regions.
McGary had a double-double, and Hardaway and Robinson combined for 23 points.
CJ Fair was one of SU’s few bright spots, scoring 22 points. Veteran forward James Southerland was notable by his absence, his 5 points coming late in the game.
Senior guard Brandon Triche had 11 points in his final game for the Orange.
With the Orange down six points and a little over one minute to go, star guard Michael Carter-Williams picked up his fifth foul and was relegated to the bench with just 2 points and two assists.
Michigan will play No. 1 seed Louisville in the final on Monday night.