ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – It was busy and loud inside bars and restaurants throughout metro Detroit, as the Michigan Wolverines men’s basketball team defeated Syracuse, and will be heading to the championship game.

The Wolverines advanced to the national championship game with a 61-56 victory over the Orange in the Final Four on Saturday night.

Jeffrey Cannell was catching the game at a popular nightspot in Ann Arbor. He says Michigan is a stronger team for several reasons:

“Just making it rain threes, I mean, unbelievable and obviously the bench spike, you know Nik has been kind of iffy but the fact they’ve been able to take the 3-2 zone and go to the outside constantly – over and over,” said Cannell. “Really exploit the weakness of the Syracuse defense – it’s been something special to see.”

People were lining up outside bars in Ann Arbor well ahead of the big game — and continued the party well after the big win.

WWJ stopped by Ashley’s Pub in Ann Arbor and spoke to exchange student Landon Pacque it’s a dream come true.

“Go Blue all the way, it was the greatest night I ever had in my life,” he said.

Michigan will be going for its first national title since 1989 when it faces Louisville on Monday at the Georgia Dome. Despite the big win, Michigan scored just 25 points in the second half after leading by 11 at halftime.

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