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Michigan and Louisville survive cliffhanger games

By Greg Botelho and Lateef Mungin, CNN
updated 5:24 AM EDT, Sun April 7, 2013
Jon Horford of the Michigan Wolverines drives for a shot against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, April 6, in Atlanta in the second of the day's semifinal matchups in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Michigan beat Syracuse with a final score of 61-56. Check out the action from the Final Four and <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/06/us/gallery/final-four-louisville-wich-st/index.html' target='_blank'>look back at the Wichita State-Louisville game</a>. Jon Horford of the Michigan Wolverines drives for a shot against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday, April 6, in Atlanta in the second of the day's semifinal matchups in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Michigan beat Syracuse with a final score of 61-56. Check out the action from the Final Four and look back at the Wichita State-Louisville game.
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NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
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NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
NCAA Final Four: Syracuse-Michigan
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Louisville rallies in the second half to defeat Wichita State 72-68
  • The underdog Shockers led for much of the game, only to falter late
  • Cardinals will face Michigan in the NCAA title game on Monday
  • Michigan beat Syracuse 61-56

Atlanta (CNN) -- Michigan and Louisville will meet Monday in the NCAA men's basketball championship game in Atlanta after both survived close games Saturday.

Michigan was up by 11 points at halftime leading the Syracuse Orange 36-25.

But the Orange went on a furious comeback in the second half, getting the game to within three points with a little more than 7 minutes left.

Peyton Siva of the Louisville Cardinals goes up for a layup against the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday, April 6, in Atlanta in the first of the day's semifinal matchups in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Louisville beat Wichita State with a final score of 72-68. Check out the action from the Final Four and look at the second game between Syracuse and Michigan. Peyton Siva of the Louisville Cardinals goes up for a layup against the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday, April 6, in Atlanta in the first of the day's semifinal matchups in the 2013 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Louisville beat Wichita State with a final score of 72-68. Check out the action from the Final Four and look at the second game between Syracuse and Michigan.
NCAA Final Four: Wichita State-Louisville
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Photos: NCAA Final Four: Wichita State-Louisville Photos: NCAA Final Four: Wichita State-Louisville

The Wolverines handled Syracuse's tough zone defense down the stretch, winning 61-56. Michigan's backcourt of Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke led the way against Syracuse's pesky defenders.

Photos: Michigan holds off Syracuse

Two crucial foul calls at the end of the game helped the Wolverines secure the win.

They advance to play Louisville, who beat Wichita State earlier Saturday.

The Shockers and Cardinals battled through a tight, low-scoring first half that ended with Wichita State going into the intermission with a slim 26-25 advantage.

Louisville's 72-68 win means that its head coach, Rick Pitino, still is in contention to win his second national championship -- the other coming in 1996, when he coached the Cardinals' archrival, the University of Kentucky.

The game also ended Wichita State's remarkable tournament run. The No. 9 seed in the West region beat top-seed Gonzaga and then Ohio State to earn a spot in the Final Four.

Photos: Louisville outlasts Wichita State

Despite being a heavy underdog, the Shockers led for much of the game -- leading 47-35 with 13 minutes to go in the contest. But the Cardinals were able to chip away, before finally going ahead with about five minutes remaining.

Louisville, which won the national title in 1980 and 1986, will face Michigan Monday night.

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