It wasn’t the prettiest of wins for Michigan, which shot 39.6 percent from the field (the lowest it has shot in an NCAA tournament game since a pair of games in 2009) and 55 percent from the free throw line.
This was a good time for Michigan's John Beilein to get his first win in 10 tries against Syracuse as a head coach. Let’s run through the statistical highlights.
This was Michigan’s sixth straight win in a national semifinal game (though the wins in 1992 and 1993 were later vacated).
The Wolverines will try to win their first national title since 1989 and become the second No. 4 seed to win one, joining the 1997 Arizona team that beat Rick Pitino’s Kentucky team in the championship game.
Syracuse fell to 3-1 all time in national semifinals under Jim Boeheim. The Orange are 2-8 all time against the Big Ten in the NCAA tournament.
Another big game for McGary
Mitch McGary had 10 points and 12 rebounds, good for his third double-double of the tournament (he had one in the regular season and one in the Big Ten tournament), and also finished with six assists.
10 Points, 10 Rebounds, 5 Assists
In National Semifinal Win
He became the first player with at least 10 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in a national semifinal win since Andre Miller for Utah in 1998.
The only two other players to do that in any Final Four game (regardless of win or loss) in the time since assists became official in 1984 were Grant Hill for Duke in 1994 and Erick Dampier for Mississippi State in 1996.
Michigan assisted on 17 of 21 field goals, its highest assist percentage in a game this season.
The Wolverines are 22-0 this season when they assist on at least half of their field goals.
Rough day for Carter-Williams
Michael Carter-Williams was responsible for a season-low 10.7 percent of Syracuse's points (6 of 56), including only two of its 31 points in the second half.
Carter-Williams scored a season-low two points and had two assists that led to another four points.
His previous season low for points created was 17 (against South Florida), and his previous season low for percent of points created was 26 percent (versus DePaul).