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Michigan plays for NCAA National Championship title

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The Michigan Wolverines will play for the NCAA men's basketball title on Monday night after knocking off the Syracuse Orange 61-56.

Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Wolverines in scoring with 13 points, and Mitch McGary registered a double-double by scoring 10 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. McGary also dished out six assists.

Michigan (31-7) shot less than 40 percent as a team and just 55 percent from the free-throw line, but they held on to advance to their first NCAA championship game since the infamous Chris Webber timeout call in the 1993 NCAA championship game.

Louisville advanced to the NCAA championship game by beating the Wichita State Shockers 72-68.

Michigan and Louisville have only met two times in the past. The teams played each other in back-to-back years with Louisville winning both meetings. The Cardinals beat Michigan 88-85 on December 7, 1977 and also won 86-84 on December 6, 1978.

The game could include the reunion of the famous Fab Five. Former Michigan guard Jalen Rose says he has reached out to Chris Webber to come to the game. Rose says he, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson will all be on hand for the game. The Fab Five led the Wolverines to two straight final fours, but lost in both championship games.

Those seasons were vacated due NCAA violations involving Webber.

The University of Michigan will have a title game watch party at Crisler Center. Admission is free for all students with a valid ID card. Otherwise, It'll cost you 5 dollars to get in. Proceeds go to the athletic department scholarship fund. Seating is first-come, first served.

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