Score: No. 4 Syracuse 61, No. 1 Indiana 50
Star(s):Syracuse:Michael Carter-Williams 24 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Stl. CJ Fair 11 Pts, 8 Reb.
Story: Syracuse wasn't afraid of the No. 1 seed designation that stood beside Indiana's name as it took the floor on Thursday night in the Sweet 16 matchup. Michael Carter-Williams was the least afraid of all the Orange, as he started the game by driving to the hoop and taking advantage of the undersized Indiana guards. But the first half, or even the game, wasn't decided by offense, but lack of it. The Orange held the Hoosiers to just 22 first-half points, a season-low for that team, and led by 12 at the break.
Syracuse is known for blowing leads in the second half of the game, which is why many Orange fans were uncomfortable even with a double-digit lead at halftime. But Indiana was never able to solve the vaunted 2-3 zone and struggled to get its offense going. Indiana is a team that averages around 80 points a game, so to hold that team to 50 is a big deal. Not only had Indiana never seen anything quite like Jim Boeheim's zone, it didn't have the personnel to solve it. The small guards couldn't get by the lengthy Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche at the top. Cody Zeller played like he was 6-foot-5, shooting just 3-for-11 from the field and suffocated every time he touched the ball. Syracuse registered 10 blocks and forced the Hoosiers into 18 turnovers.
Orange Nation is excited for another trip to the Elite Eight, but will face a team that's very familiar with the 2-3 zone, Marquette, who took down the Orange earlier this season.
">March 29, 2013
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