Syracuse is two wins away from securing Jim Boeheim's second national championship. The Orange lost seven of their final 12 regular-season games, and few thought this team would last long in the NCAA tourney.
Syracuse rebounded to reach the Big East tournament title game and now prepares to face Michigan in the Final Four on Saturday evening in Atlanta. The Orange eliminated another Big Ten power, Indiana, in the Sweet 16.
Each team stumbled during the final dozen games of the regular season. Syracuse finished 5-7, while Michigan completed the last stretch of the regular season 6-6.
The Wolverines haven't backed down from an arduous road to the Final Four. Michigan defeated No. 1-seeded Kansas in the Sweet 16 and pummeled third-seeded Florida in Elite Eight action.
As the pair of evenly matched programs prepare to meet, here's a look at a few key opportunities for the Orange to advance to another national championship game.