Wolverines claw way to victory

Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) reaches for a rebound against Syracuse Orange forward...

Michigan Wolverines forward Mitch McGary (4) reaches for a rebound against Syracuse Orange forward C.J. Fair (5) in the second half of their NCAA men's Final Four basketball game in Atlanta, Georgia April 6, 2013. (REUTERS/Daniel J. Beauvais/Pool)

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 5:52 PM ET

The thinking heading into Saturday’s national semi-final 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.

“You never know who the outlier is going to be, you never know who is going to come in and get it done,” said head coach John Beilein.

“We have been a team all year.”

McGary did a little bit of everything, helping the Wolverines survive 61-56 to book a return to the title game for the first time since the Fab Five lost back-to-back in 1992 and 1993.

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.

 


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