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Old Faithful has nothing in the consistency department on C.J. Fair.
In the Final Four, he showed up yet again, leading the Orange with 22 points on 9-of-20 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds.
Fair was really the only scoring option for Syracuse, and he looked to take advantage of the mismatch he had with the Michigan frontcourt. None of the Wolverine forwards could stay with the 6'8", 215-pound Fair. Glen Robinson III (6'6") was just too small. Mitch McGary and Jon Horford, each 6'10", 250 pounds, weren't quick enough. The same for 6'8" 250-pound Jordan Morgan.
I'm nitpicking perhaps, but Fair's defensive performance kept him from getting an A+. He has to take some responsibility for Michigan's 13 offensive rebounds, which really hurt the Orange.
Like Michael Carter-Williams, not the performance James wanted to go out on.
When a shooter doesn't make shots, it's generally not a good sign. Southerland made only 2-of-9, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc. He did grab three rebounds but gave the ball away twice.
The Orange needed baskets from Southerland. When he makes shots, it opens up the inside for Fair to operate, as well as for Carter-Williams to penetrate. It also gives Triche more space on the other side.
Defensively, he grabbed only three rebounds and did a poor job boxing out, which helped allow the Wolverines to snare 13 offensive rebounds.
Grant played a very productive 17 minutes, making 2-of-3 shots for four points. Most importantly, he came with enormous energy, grabbing seven rebounds, dishing out an assist and blocking a shot. All in 17 minutes.
The Orange needed more Grant.