Michigan vs. Syracuse LIVE Score, Updates: Trey Burke, Wolverines Must Face Orange 2-3 Zone Defense

04/06/2013 08:50 pm ET

It will be a matchup of strength vs. strength when No. 4 Michigan and No. 4 Syracuse tip off in the second national semifinal on Saturday night. The multi-faceted Wolverines' offense led by Trey Burke, the AP player of the year, will need to unlock the stingy 2-3 zone defense of the Orange.

The offenses of Indiana and Marquette broke against the 2-3 like waves on the shore. Marquette managed just 39 points in the Elite Eight, a record low for an NCAA tournament regional final in the shot clock era. Indiana was held to a season low 50 in the Sweet 16.

"We've just got to try to find different ways to attack the zone," Burke said ahead of the Final Four, via The Associated Press. "They play a really good 2-3. It's tough. We've got to make sure we knock down uncontested 3s."

If three-point shooting is the key, then Michigan may have the right player hot at the right time. Freshman guard Nik Stauskas scored 22 points against Florida in the regional final, sinking all six attempts from three-point range.

Can Michigan handle Syracuse's zone just like it did VCU's vaunted "Havoc" defense? Will Orange scorers C.J. Fair and James Southerland be able to keep pace even if it does?

Stay tuned for live updates and tweet @HuffPostSports to join in the conversation:

04/06/2013 11:41 PM EDT

@ rushthecourt :

Michigan has the nation's best offense; Louisville the nation's best defense. It'll be a deserving Monday night championship bout.

04/06/2013 11:39 PM EDT

@ ESPNDanaOneil :

Trevor Cooney?

04/06/2013 11:39 PM EDT

@ ESPNAndyKatz :

Wow. What a night. Two thrilling games. Michigan vs. Louisville for title. Big Ten gets a shot to win a title. Should be a good one.

04/06/2013 11:38 PM EDT

@ SIPeteThamel :

John Beilein is 1-9 against Jim Boeheim. Pretty good time to get that one. Louisville vs. Michigan in the final. Great game Monday.

04/06/2013 11:38 PM EDT

@ MedcalfByESPN :

People are throwing things at the Georgia Dome. ... NCAA: Never give college basketball fans 50,000 seat cushions, OK? They will be thrown.

04/06/2013 11:38 PM EDT

@ AdamZagoria :

Michigan is back in the NCAA Championship game after a 20-year drought...and Syracuse is off to the ACC

04/06/2013 11:37 PM EDT

@ GoodmanCBS :

Michigan vs. Louisville for the national title game. Perfect.

04/06/2013 11:37 PM EDT

15.7 Seconds

Cooney forced up a wild shot and missed. Michigan turned it into an EASY fast break and Morgan threw down a two-handed dunk. MICHIGAN WINS 61-56.

04/06/2013 11:35 PM EDT

@ JonRothstein :

Southerland time.

04/06/2013 11:34 PM EDT

Free Throws

Morgan went 1/2 from the free throw line. 17.9 seconds left. Michigan leads by THREE. Syracuse calls timeout.

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