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Michigan Preparing To Face Syracuse In Semi-Finals


The Final Four bound Michigan Wolverines were back at practice Tuesday, preparing to face the stifling 2-3 Syracuse zone defense Saturday night in Atlanta.

The Wolverines are the early 2-point favorites to beat the Orangemen in the semi-finals and advance to Monday’s national title game. Michigan freshman center Mitch McGary, whose stock has risen on NBA draft boards, said yesterday there’s no way he’s leaving Ann Arbor early for the pros and he’ll be back with the Wolverines next year.

The Michigan Syracuse matchup has a scheduled tip time of 8:49 p.m. at the Georgia Dome with the opener between Louisville and Wichita State set for 6:09. A Big Ten team could win the NIT title. Last night in the semifinals at Madison Square Garden, Iowa defeated Maryland 71-60. Iowa will play Baylor for the championship tomorrow night after the Bears beat BYU 76-70 in the other semifinal contest.