Jim Boeheim's quest for national title No. 2 met its demise Saturday against Michigan on a night when three-pointers wouldn't fall and star point guard Michael Carter-Williams came up small. Syracuse entered intermission trailing by 11 points and saw its late comeback bid come up empty in a 61-56 loss to the Wolverines.
The Final Four oust is Boeheim's third time falling shy of a national title after reaching this round. The Orange struggled to create offense throughout the evening and a lauded zone defense looked pedestrian at times against an impressive Michigan offensive effort.
The curtain closes on a roller-coaster season. Syracuse emerged as an early national title favorite, before faltering down the final stretch of the regular season and eventually rebounding in time for postseason tournament action.
The Orange enter the offseason facing crossroads in several areas. Here's what the near future has in store for Syracuse.