Syracuse has held two of its opponents under 40 points in this tournament. I’m serious.
Michigan, however, will be by far the best three-point shooting team Syracuse has seen. The Wolverines have the shooters, and the quick triggers, to bust the zone. No team in the tournament field has attempted more than Michigan’s 82 shots from three. The Wolverines have hit on a very healthy 40.2 percent of those shots.
With McGary working the high post, and shooters like Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Glenn Robinson III and Nik Stauskas surrounding him, the Wolverines have the weapons to punch holes in Boeheim’s defense.
8) Syracuse is proving once again, especially in this day and age of sports, that little matters about how you play and/or finish in the regular season. It’s all about getting hot at the right time.
The Orange lost four of their final five regular season games, including a 22-point blowout loss to pre-tournament darling Georgetown -- you know, the team that joined Mizzou in infamy as a No. 2-seed that lost to a No. 15-seed in the opening second round. The Hoyas were the first to fall victim to Dunk City and Florida Gulf Coast.
Well now, Syracuse is turning up the heat on D and riding their efforts on that side of the floor into the Final Four. Again, most championships these days are not won by the best team, but the team that’s playing best at the right time.
My pick: Michigan 56 Syracuse 58
Monday night in Atlanta, Louisville cuts down the nets. Final score: Louisville 64, Syracuse 51