Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said his offense wasn’t good enough to win the game. SU shot 3-14 from 3-point land. Michael-Carter Williams and James Southerland combined for seven points on 3-15 shooting. Meanwhile, Michigan sank eigth 3-pointers while holding a 13-9 edge on offensive rebounds.
The Wolvernines kept SU in the game by making only 11-20 free throws.
SU fans are still moaning about two calls that went agains their team late in the game. The first, Michael Carter-Williams appeared to draw a charging foul against Tim Hardaway, Jr. near mid-court with the Orange trailing 53-49 with 1:55 remaining. Carter-Williams was called for the call, Hardaway proceeded to drain two free throws.
The second and biggest and most controversial call came with 19 seconds left and Michigan clinging to a 58-56 lead, Brandon Triche with the ball drove to the right side of the lane, Triche was called for charging. Jordan Morgan, the Big Ten Conference’s defensive player of the year, got in position and drew the charge. If was Triche’s fifth foul of the game. The NCAA needs to address to the block/charge call. I thought Morgan was not set and so Triche should of went to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game.
Michigan's Mitch McGary was the best player on the court Saturday night. The freshman averaged 7.4 points and 6.2 rebounds for the season, but in the Wolverines’ first four NCAA Tournament games his numbers had increased to 17.5 points and 11.5 rebounds. The lefty finished with 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.
Next season SU will need replace Triche, Sutherland, Carter-Williams, who shold declare for the draft and C.J. Fair, who could also decide to leave.