Syracuse vs. Indiana: Full Game Preview
|Syracuse||C Fair 14.4||C Fair 6.9||M Carter-Williams 7.6|
|Indiana||C Zeller 16.7||C Zeller 8.0||K Ferrell 4.2|
No. 1-seeded Indiana matches up against No. 4-seeded Syracuse in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Verizon Center on Thursday. The game gets underway at 9:45 p.m. ET. The Hoosiers have not played the Orange since the 1998-99 season, when they lost 76-63.
The Hoosiers got past Temple 58-52 on Mar. 24 with the help of 16 points and eight rebounds from Victor Oladipo. In addition to a team-leading 2.1 steals per game, he chips in 13.6 points per game. For the Orange, James Southerland finished with 14 points and nine rebounds in the 66-60 win over California on Mar. 23. He contributes 5.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 13.7 points per game.
Indiana looks to have the advantage over Syracuse in one significant area, scoring, where the Hoosiers have an edge over the Orange, 79.5 points per game to 71.5 points per game. A key area of strength for Syracuse is offensive rebounding percentage at 39.5, which ranks second in their conference (and seventh nationally).
- Indiana is ranked higher than Syracuse in their conference (No. 1 vs. No. 5).
- Indiana has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Syracuse this season (eight vs. four).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points and free throws made are in the Big Ten.
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (80.8) and Michigan (75.4) - that score more per game than the Big East leader, Louisville (73.5).
- Even computers respect Indiana more. Indiana has a better RPI this season than Syracuse (RPI: No. 5 vs. No. 15).
- Indiana has a better conference record than Syracuse this season (14-4 vs. 11-7).
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (41.8 percent) and Michigan (38.8 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big East leader, Notre Dame (37.6 percent).
- The Indiana rebounding leader (Cody Zeller, 250 rebounds) has more rebounds than the Syracuse rebounding leader (C.J. Fair, 229 rebounds).
- The Big Ten has 2 teams - Indiana (48.8 percent) and Michigan (48.7 percent) - that shoot a better field goal percentage than the Big East leader, Pittsburgh (47.9 percent).
- Indiana has a better record on the road than Syracuse this season (7-2 vs. 5-5).
- Indiana allows fewer rebounds (30.9 allowed per game vs. 34.3 allowed per game) than Syracuse this season.