Syracuse forward James Southerland 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.
As a freshman, current Syracuse assistant coach Gerry McNamara helped the Orange win the â??03 title. When asked if this yearâ??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara said, "I think this team has a shot."As a freshman, assistant coach McNamara helped the Orange team win the NCAA Championship in â??03. When asked if this yearâ??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara said, "I think this team has a shot."Fans across the country have cheered on the Orange as they climbed to the Final Four. Three cousins from Central New York performed a Syracuse Final Four themed â??Cup Songâ?? on â??Today in Central New York,â?? the City of Syracuse lit up itâ??s landmarks in Orange, and even NBCâ??s Jimmy Fallon says he is rooting for the Orange to win it all.(Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.)