Final Four Preview: Syracuse vs. Michigan

Final Four Preview: Syracuse vs. Michigan

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SYRACUSE VS. MICHIGAN

Matchup:
The first-ever meeting between two No. 4 seeds in the NCAA Tournament pits the Syracuse Orange against the Michigan Wolverines. The Orange rode the 2-3 zone to Atlanta with superior defensive performances against Indiana and Marquette. Syracuse will play in the Final Four for the first time since winning it all with Carmelo Anthony in 2003. Meanwhile, the Wolverines outlasted Kansas in a thrilling OT victory in the Sweet 16 behind Trey Burke's heroics, then shot the lights out against the Florida Gators in a game that was never really close. This is Michigan's first trip to the Final Four since the Fab Five in 1993. Yes, it's been 20 years since Chris Webber called the timeout he didn't have. The Wolverines hope this time around, their trip to the Final Four will be remembered for a championship.

Syracuse Orange, East Region No. 4 seed

Backcourt: The guards are the strength of this team, with senior leader Brandon Triche and sophomore sensation Michael Carter-Williams. Both can handle the ball, get to the hoop but also hit the open 3-pointer. Carter-Williams is a future lottery pick, a 6-foot-6 point guard with NBA talent. He was among the leading assist men in the nation this season. He also averaged 2.8 steals per game. Triche is a heady floor general who is more comfortable in the lane and with his mid-range game. Although not the greatest shooter, Triche has knocked down some clutch shots in this year's tourney. The

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Jesse Siegel
Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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