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

No. 4-seeded Syracuse matches up against 12th-seeded California in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at HP Pavilion on Saturday. It gets started at 9:40 p.m. ET and you can catch it on TBS. The Orange defeated the Golden Bears 95-73 the last time they met (Nov. 19, 2009).

In an 81-34 beatdown of Montana on Mar. 21, Brandon Triche put up 20 points for the Orange. He is putting up 13.9 points per game while also averaging 3.6 assists per game. For the Golden Bears, Allen Crabbe put up 19 points and nine rebounds in the 64-61 win 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.

California StatSmack

  • Rakeem Christmas is ranked 48th nationally in blocks.
  • Syracuse has more wins over the last 5 years than California (164 vs. 125).
  • The Syracuse rebounding leader (C.J. Fair, 229 rebounds) has more rebounds than the California rebounding leader (David Kravish, 210 rebounds).
  • Be afraid. Syracuse has blown out more teams than California this season (12 blowouts vs. two).
  • Syracuse has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than California (eight vs. five).
  • Over the past 10 years, Syracuse has had more players drafted by the NBA than California (10 vs. three).
  • Syracuse is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Syracuse is 79.1 inches compared to 78.0 inches for California.
  • Syracuse has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (74.5 percent to 57.0 percent).
  • The Syracuse basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than California (54 percent vs. 30 percent).
  • Syracuse has more NCAA Tournament wins over the last 10 years than California (16 vs. two).
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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