California vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview

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California vs. Syracuse: Full Game Preview
California
(21-11, 7-5 away)
(16) Syracuse
(27-9, 19-2 home)
Venue: HP Pavilion
9:40PM ET / 6:40PM PT, March 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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).

Syracuse StatSmack

  • 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.
Cal Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Allen Crabbe 36 18 6 3 1 1 2
B+ Justin Cobbs 35 15 3 5 1 0 3
B David Kravish 31 8 7 1 1 2 1
B- Richard Solomon 24 8 6 1 1 1 2
B- Tyrone Wallace 28 7 5 3 1 1 2
C Robert Thurman 17 5 4 0 0 0 1
C- Ricky Kreklow 17 4 3 2 1 0 1
C- Brandon Smith 18 3 1 2 1 0 1
D C. Behrens 7 1 2 0 0 0 0
D Bak Bak 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Jeff Powers 7 1 0 0 0 0 0
D Kahlil Johnson 3 1 1 0 0 0 1
SU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A M. Carter-Williams 35 12 5 8 3 1 3
A- C.J. Fair 34 15 7 1 1 1 2
B+ Brandon Triche 33 14 4 4 1 0 3
B+ J. Southerland 28 14 5 1 1 1 1
C+ R. Christmas 22 5 5 0 1 2 1
C Baye Keita 15 3 4 0 1 1 1
C Jerami Grant 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
C DaJuan Coleman 13 5 4 0 1 0 1
C- Trevor Cooney 12 4 1 1 1 0 0
D+ Noel Jones 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Lyde-Cajuste 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Nolan Hart 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
D+ G. Hoffmann 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
D Albert Nassar 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
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