Michigan defeats Syracuse despite poor guard play

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrates during Saturday's Final Four game against Syracuse. (REUTERS)

Michigan's Tim Hardaway Jr. celebrates during Saturday's Final Four game against Syracuse. (REUTERS)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:38 AM ET

The thinking heading into Saturday’s national semifinal was either Syracuse would completely shut down Michigan’s offence, or Trey Burke and Nik Stauskas would break down the Orange zone.

How about none of the above?

Instead it was freshman wrecking ball Mitch McGary who led the Michigan charge, with help from Glenn Robinson III and the bench.

McGary did a little bit of everything, helping the Wolverines survive 61-56.

Michigan missed a series of free throws down the stretch, but, down two, Brandon Triche got called for a charge while driving to the basket, allowing Michigan to hang on.

Though Burke, Stauskas and Tim Hardaway Jr. combined to go 3-for-16 in the first half, their teammates shredded Syracuse for 10-of-13 shooting allowing the Wolverines to take an 11-point lead into the break.

That trio finished just 5-for-29, but somehow, it was enough.

McGary was the major reason why, as he continued to put his stamp on this tournament, by st


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