ATLANTA — Anybody seen James Southerland?
The Syracuse forward has gone missing against Michigan, missing his first five shots and being a total non-factor on both ends of the court in the national semifinals.
Southerland has been key to the Orange's late-season run. He was suspended in mid-January, struggled when he was cleared to return in February, but has been splendid over the past eight games – back-to-back 20-point efforts in the Big East tournament, and 16 points in a regional semifinal win over Marquette that sent Syracuse back to the Final Four.
Not only was Southerland scoreless with 7:14 to go against the Wolverines, the senior from Bayside, N.Y., also had as many fouls as rebounds – three – and he had committed a pair of turnovers.
_ Dave Skretta – http://twitter.com/@APdaveskretta
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