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Things are heating up in Atlanta. Nick Baumgardner talked to players from both teams this afternoon. A war of words? Maybe not quite yet. But this is some fun stuff.

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Final Four 2013: A war of words between Syracuse and Michigan? It's getting interesting down there |

Things are heating up in Atlanta. Nick Baumgardner, who covers Michigan basketball for our sister site, talked to players from both teams this afternoon. A war of words? Maybe not quite yet. But this is some fun stuff.

Final Four 2013: Breaking down Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, Michigan's Trey Burke |

"You don’t get to where you are at without having really superb point guard play,’’ ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. "We are seeing two really blue-chip point guards.’’

Syracuse basketball cartoon: Riding the 2-3 zone all the way to the Final Four |

Thanks to a 2-3 zone defense that has baffled the previous four opponents, the Syracuse Orange are on their way to the Final Four for the first time in 10 years!

Opposing coaches weigh in on Final Four teams

How Villanova beat them: "Honestly, we got lucky. We got lucky in that game. They missed some free throws down the stretch and we hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put it into overtime. … They led the entire game." – Wright

Is Boeheim the most consistent coach in college basketball? -

"I was hoping to make it to 38," Boeheim told me Thursday during a media session here at the Georgia Dome. "That's really the thought I had: Can I make it to 38?" As you know, Boeheim made it to 38. And 48. And 58. And 68.

Poliquin: Mike Hart has rooted for Syracuse, but he'll be cheering for Michigan in Final Four |

"Listen, for the whole Tournament so far I’ve been for Syracuse," Hart said over the telephone Thursday evening. "I grew up a Syracuse fan. I went to games all the time in the Dome. It’s my childhood team. But I live in Michigan and I went to Michigan, so I’ve got to be for Michigan, man. No question about it."

Final Four 2013: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim keeps winning in same spot |

"When you can win anywhere like John has and Rick has, when you can take programs to the NCAA (tournament) that never go there, you’re a really good coach,’’ Boeheim said. "I might not be. I can only win at Syracuse. That’s all I ever proved. But when you can win anywhere that means something.’’

Final Four 2013: Syracuse plans on making Michigan's Nik Stauskas uncomfortable |

"My confidence is real good," Stauskas said Friday, as Final Four players met with reporters. "Just seeing the ball go in after struggling for a few games, that was great. But really my confidence just comes from reps in practice, just getting a lot of shots up. And this week, I’ve been shooting the ball pretty well so just carrying that over into the game would be nice."

The Daily Orange’s Final Four special edition: ‘Final Faceoff’ | The Daily Orange

With Syracuse in the Final Four for the first time in a decade, pick up a copy of The Daily Orange’s Final Four special edition, on newsstands Friday through the weekend. Look inside for insight and information about the teams in the Final Four, the atmosphere in the Atlanta area where the games are being played, and a look through the archives at Syracuse’s lone national championship, in 2003. The theme for the edition is the ‘Final Faceoff,’ as the Orange, Michigan, Louisville and Wichita State battle to be crowned national champion.

The Syracuse basketball All-Final Four team |

The rules are simple. Make a starting five of Syracuse players based on the performances in their respective Final Fours. Two guards, two forwards, one center. Let's start in the back court.

10 things you should know about the Final Four -

4. Syracuse's Defense Has Been Ridiculous (in a Good Way) In four games, the Orange have allowed point totals of 34, 60, 50 and 39, good for an insane average of 45.8 ppg. Syracuse has also held all four of its tournament opponents below 28 percent shooting from outside the paint.

CBS analyst Clark Kellogg breaks down the Final Four with Brent Axe (podcast) |

Clark Kellogg of CBS Sports, who will call the Final Four along with Jim Nantz this weekend, says as much as some would like to see those two square off, you can't force a storyline.

2013 Final Four: A Guide To Atlanta Food, Drink, & Entertainment - From The Rumble Seat

As the collegiate nation turns its eyes to Atlanta this weekend, here's a guide on where to go to fulfill all of life's needs.

Jim Boeheim has no plans to end his reign at Syracuse. | : Shaun Powell Article

"Somebody said you could've won more, and that's OK," said Boeheim, who sounded like it isn't OK. "Very few coaches get to the final and even fewer win it. The biggest problem with any coach is when you have a good team and people think you have an even better team. You don't get to have bad years at Syracuse or some other schools. They expect you to win and when you don't win, then you're too old or something else they come up with."