California vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview
|California||A Crabbe 18.7||D Kravish 7.0||J Cobbs 4.8|
|Syracuse||C Fair 14.3||C Fair 7.0||M Carter-Williams 7.8|
12th-seeded California matches up against No. 4-seeded Syracuse in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at HP Pavilion on Saturday. Tipoff occurs at 9:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TBS. The Golden Bears last played the Orange on Nov. 19, 2009 and lost 95-73.
The 19 points and nine rebounds by Allen Crabbe helped the Golden Bears to a 64-61 victory over UNLV on Mar. 21. With 18.7 points per game and 1.2 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. For the Orange, Brandon Triche put up 20 points in the 81-34 blowout of Montana on Mar. 21. He is averaging 13.9 points and 3.6 assists per game. A key area of strength for Syracuse is offensive rebounding percentage at 39.5, which ranks second in their conference (and eigth nationally).
- California has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than Syracuse (No. 9 vs. No. 57).
- California has a better record in close games than Syracuse this season (6-3 vs. 3-4).
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? California currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (950 to 936) than Syracuse, per the NCAA.
- California players are more experienced than Syracuse players (14,357 minutes played vs. 13,497 minutes played).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, and free throws made are in the Pac-12.
- The California scoring leader (Allen Crabbe, 559 points) has more points than the Syracuse scoring leader (C.J. Fair, 462 points).
- California is ranked higher than Syracuse in their conference (No. 2 vs. No. 5).
- California has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Syracuse ($27,562 vs. $50,460).
- California has a much lower average debt at graduation according to Kiplinger than Syracuse ($14,493 vs. $28,358).
- The Pac-12 has had two more NBA Draft picks than the Big East over the past 5 years.