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The ball was swatted away, Michigan snatched up the rebound and Morgan scored on a thunderous dunk with just over a second remaining.

“It was a close game throughout the whole game,” Burke said. “I just kept telling the guys, coming out of halftime, `Syracuse is a really talented team, and they’re going to go on runs.’ This is a game of runs.

“A lot of people would crack under pressure when you’re in that type of situation.”

Now Michigan will face a different kind of pressure against Louisville _ the Cardinals’ stingy press.

“Louisville is going to be a difficult game,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We’ve played against Rick’s teams and Kentucky one time, when I was at Canisius, and at West Virginia a few times. He’s a great coach with great schemes and it’s going to be very difficult.”