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WHEN THE WOLVERINES HAVE THE BALL
The key for Syracuse will be to limit transition and set its 2--3 zone. Everything revolves around Trey Burke: He's their distributor, playmaker, scorer. Tim Hardaway Jr. is a catch-and-shoot guy; his percentage goes up when he doesn't dribble. One place Michigan shoots well from is the corner, and that's where you can get open looks against Syracuse.
ATTACKING THE WOLVERINES' DEFENSE
John Beilein is known for his 1-3-1 zone, but he's only played that about 10% of the time this year as a change of pace, to get you out of a rhythm and make you think. Burke will defend sometimes, but not all the time. Nik Stauskas is not a great on-ball defender. They're excellent at taking charges, but they're not a shot-blocking team.
Domes. Syracuse is used to playing in one, so it's really good for the Wolverines that they played in a dome last week in Texas—the raised floor and backdrop make a huge difference.