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John Beilein has Michigan back in the national championship game.
Overall Team Grade: B+
Down and dirty, low-scoring games have been a recipe for the Michigan Wolverines' demise this season, but the emergence of Mitch McGary has allowed them to win ugly.
Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. were a combined 5-of-24 from the field. Nik Stauskas did not hit a single shot. But the Wolverines got production from places hardly anyone would have expected.
The 21 points by the bench were instrumental in helping Michigan advance to the national title game. Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert were the two standout reserves for the Wolverines. Jordan Morgan and Jon Horford each made important plays late in the game as well.
Another aggressive outing from Glenn Robinson III helped the Wolverines dominate the offensive glass. Robinson snagged five offensive boards, and Michigan out-rebounded the Syracuse Orange 36-32.
Breaking the 2-3 zone proved to be less daunting for the Wolverines than expected. There were some bad turnovers early on, but, for the most part, Michigan played well in the high post and knocked down enough deep threes to come away with a fifth straight victory.
Credit head coach John Beilein for much of what happened on Saturday night. The Wolverines knew the weak spots of the Syracuse zone, only committed 10 turnovers and practiced shooting long treys in the week leading up to the game.
This style of play is not ideal for Michigan, but it still took care of the rock well enough to move on to the final stage of the Big Dance.