Syracuse has some cachet on the streets of New York. Put a Syracuse-Rutgers game at Madison Square Garden, and it would be a virtual home game for the Orange. I don’t get it.
As for the game, I love the Wolverines’ Trey Burke, I love the sons of Glenn Robinson and Tim Hardaway, and Michigan has a heck of a coach in John Beilein. Wolverines 66-61.
Louisville vs. Michigan: Here’s quite the stat for you. The Fab Five won as many NCAA Tournament when it was down to the Fab Four as the Wolverines won since, until this season. You can look it up. Michigan went to back-to-back NCAA title games with the Fab Five — Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson — but went to the 1994 regional final after Webber turned pro. Those Wolverines lost 76-68 to Arkansas. Between 1994 and 2013, Michigan won three NCAA Tournament games. Beat Davidson 80-61 in 1998, Clemson 62-59 in 2009 (before losing to the Blake Griffin Sooners) and Tennessee 75-45 in 2012.
Meanwhile, Louisville has an unrecognized hero. When Kevin Ware suffered that horrific broken leg last Sunday against Duke, and everyone in Lucas Oil Stadium seemed to look away, including the Cardinals and the Blue Devils, Louisville junior Luke Hancock rushed to Ware’s side. The transfer from George Mason knelt beside Ware while medical personnel worked on Ware. It was a wonderful example of humanitarianism.
I know the Cardinals were upset. Justifiably so. But Hancock saw past his own horror and realized a teammate was in need.
That’s not why I’m picking Louisville. But I am. Cardinals 76-66.
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