Montana vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview
|Montana||M Ward 14.8||K Jamar 6.0||K Jamar 4.1|
|Syracuse||C Fair 14.3||C Fair 7.1||M Carter-Williams 7.7|
No. 4-seeded Syracuse battles 13th-seeded Montana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at HP Pavilion on Thursday. Tipoff is at 9:57 p.m. ET and it can be seen on truTV.
In spite of 21 points and seven rebounds from C.J. Fair, the Orange came up short 78-61 against Louisville on Mar. 16. A crucial part of the team, he leads the way with 14.3 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game. For the Grizzlies, Kareem Jamar finished with 20 points and five rebounds in the 67-64 win over Weber State on Mar. 16. He leads the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game and assists with 4.1 per game.
Syracuse appears to have a key statistical advantage in two areas. The Orange have the upper hand over the Grizzlies in blocked shots, 6.2 per game to 3 per game. Syracuse also has an advantage in rebounding, 38.7 per game to 31.2 per game. Montana ranks second in their conference in effective field goal percentage at 54.2, which also places them 20th in the country.
- Diaper Dandies love Syracuse. Syracuse has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Montana (17 vs. 0).
- Since 1998, Syracuse has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Montana (22 vs. zero).
- The Syracuse assist leader (Michael Carter-Williams, 249 assists) has more assists than the Montana assist leader (Kareem Jamar, 119 assists).
- Syracuse is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Syracuse is 210 lbs compared to 203 lbs for Montana.
- Over the past 10 years, Syracuse has had more players drafted by the NBA than Montana (10 vs. zero).
- Syracuse has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Montana (one vs. zero).
- The Syracuse three-point leader (James Southerland, 63 three-pointers) has more three-pointers than the Montana three-point leader (Jordan Gregory, 37 three-pointers).
- The Syracuse blocks leader (Rakeem Christmas, 64 blocks) has more blocks than the Montana blocks leader (Kareem Jamar, 20 blocks).
- The Syracuse rebounding leader (C.J. Fair, 229 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Montana rebounding leader (Kareem Jamar, 170 rebounds).
- Even computers respect Syracuse more. Syracuse has a better RPI this season than Montana (RPI: No. 15 vs. No. 95).
- Michael Carter-Williams is ranked 2nd nationally in assists and 3rd nationally in steals.