Go Syracuse.

By Vico on March 31, 2013 at 4:58p

Unlike its rival to the south, the Wolverines put forward a dominating effort in its Elite Eight contest to secure a place in Atlanta for the Final Four. Nik Stauskas, in particular, caught fire. Stauskas had 22 points on 7/8 shooting, including 6/6 (!!) from the perimeter. Ohio State sure could've used a performance like that against Wichita State.

Mitch McGary also demonstrated his coming of age, contributing 11 points (5/8 shooting), 9 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Have to wonder why Beilein didn't start McGary sooner in the season.

As a result, the Wolverines raced to a 20 point lead during the first half, and a 17 point lead at intermission. They withstood an early run from Florida in the beginning of the second half and cruised to victory. It was enough to compensate a subpar performance from the guard tandem of Tim Hardaway Jr and Trey Burke. Both combined for 26 points on 8/29 shooting.


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Buckeye Chuck's picture

Annnnnnd a terrible weekend gets worse.
I hate to say it, but Michigan playing like it is right now is pretty much tailor-made to destroy the Syracuse zone. Another B1G team not named Ohio State playing for a national championship does not help this program, which anyone who remembers the '90s shouldn't have to be told.

The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.

Bobcat04's picture

Agree.  Wouldn't have even dreamt it a couple of weeks ago, but scUM looks like they could actually win the title this year.  Would much rather have faded down the B1G stretch then got hot for the tournament like they are doing, then exactly the opposite, like we did.  No one will remember (or care) that they lost to Penn State if they hoist a banner.  If Beilein gets a title, and we continue to get our annual upset-by-a-lower-seed tourney loss, I might just have to join the ranks of those on here who are only in it for the football. And I don't want to do that.  At all.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Useless Florida team is useless.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Poison nuts's picture

Oh they just absolutely destroyed the Gators...Whatever they looked like during the end of the regular season is all gone now. They looked totally legit today...Dammit.

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Blame Kansas choking.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

BuckeyeVet's picture

I am now a fan of both Syracuse & Louisville.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

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M Man's picture

Enjoy the big dance.

BuckeyeVet's picture

Perhaps a word of explanation is in order. I had Michigan making the Final 4 (and OSU, & IU, hahaha). Also Louisville. I root for the B1G to do well. But I consider Michigan our natural rivals in all things. If they win out, it does help validate the B1G's toughness. But that can help Michigan's recruiting, raise their visibility & reputation, and make it harder for OSU to compete with them. And then I will have to put up with my 2 Michigan fan co-workers talking about Wichita State AND a national championship. Ugh. They're not nearly as civilized as you, M Man.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx

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buckeyedude's picture

99 out of 100 Michelin fans are not as civilized as MMan. 



M Man's picture

It's okay.  My bracket had Michigan falling to Florida, and OSU going to the Final Four and winning it all.  Followers of my trolling on 11W know that I said so at the beginning of the tourney.
As of Friday, I had abandoned my bracket and very, very much wanted to see a Michigan-OSU Championship game.
Most of you guys are clever enough, with such sophisticated senses of humor, that we all know that saying "Go Syracuse" is just your way of ridiculing Sparty.

buckeyestu's picture

The syracuse zone defense should bring scum down. And if scum gets lucky, louisville will destroy scum. It will be a bad weekend for scum.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

Zone teams are usually destroyed by strong three point shooting teams and teams that like to get out and run.  Syracuse is doomed.

Mr. Slick's picture

ichigan winning today felt like salt in the wound.  I was all about big ten support right up until OSU lost.  Then I realized I didn't want any big ten team to go farther than us.  Especially ichgan.
Salt meet wound.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Syracuse will crush TSUN.  They've looked unbeatable this whole tournament.  TSUN would be at home if a kid from Kansas didn't miss the front-end of a 1 and 1.  What's TSUN going to do against a team as good or better than Kansas that doesn't fall apart at the end?

Class of 2010.

wayneo's picture

well done Wolverines.it pains me to say this,good luck next week

Boomcat's picture

Only thing worse than Michigan winning it all is if the April Fools Day poll wasn't for April Fools.