Syracuse vs. Michigan Live Game Thread

Four-seeds square off with the victor heading to the national championship versus the Louisville Cardinals. Stay close to the action inside.

The long-awaited and anxiously-anticipated return to the Final Four for the Syracuse Orange is here, as they take on the Michigan Wolverines.

The last Final Four appearance by the Wolverines was 20 years ago, in 1993.

For the Orange, it has been a decade, with their last appearance coming in 2003.

Michigan fell to the North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1993 title, while Syracuse advanced past the Kansas Jayhawks to win the national championship in 2003.

The Wolverines enter with four players capable of shooting around the perimeter in Trey Burke, Nik Stauskas, Tim Hardaway, Jr., and Glenn Robinson, III.

Inside, they have the 6'10" Mitch McGary, a presence at the rim while also able to cash in away from the basket on jump shots and free throws.

The Orange come in with two physical guards in Brandon Triche and Michael Carter-Williams, who have taken advantage of man-to-man defenses of which the Wolverines play.

Triche (6'4") and Carter-Williams (6'6") own the height advantage over Burke (6'0"), but Stauskas and Hardaway, Jr., equal Carter-Williams at 6'6".

Syracuse's Baye Keita matches McGary at 6'10", but Rakeem Christmas (6'9") and C.J. Fair (6'8") have shown their ability to give aid against taller players, such as their condensing of Indiana Hoosiers' seven-footer Cody Zeller.

The Orange have sharp-shooters in Fair and fellow forward James Southerland, with Triche, Carter-Williams, and Cooney capable of connecting from long range to battle the four perimeter shooters on the Wolverines' squad.

Both teams have a short bench and plenty of firepower and can move fast to get out in transition.

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