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. 4-seeded Syracuse takes on No. 1-seeded Indiana in the sweet sixteen of the NCAA Tournament at Verizon Center on Thursday. Tipoff is at 9:45 p.m. ET. The Orange have not played the Hoosiers since the 1998-99 season, when they won 76-63.
The 18 points and six rebounds by C.J. Fair helped the Orange to a 66-60 victory over California on Mar. 23. On top of his scoring average of 14.4 points per game, he delivers 6.9 rebounds per game. In a 58-52 victory over Temple on Mar. 24, Victor Oladipo put up 16 points and eight rebounds for the Hoosiers. He is averaging 13.6 points per game in addition to a team-best 2.1 steals per game.
Reviewing current performance metrics, Indiana has an edge in one significant category, scoring, where the Hoosiers have the upper hand over the Orange, 79.5 points per game to 71.5 points per game. A few of the Four Factors in which Indiana stands out are effective field goal percentage at 55.2, free throw rate at 45.7, and offensive rebounding percentage at 39.2.
- The Big East has had three more NCAA Tournament Championships than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- Syracuse has an average margin of victory of 13 over Indiana in three wins since 1986.
- Syracuse has a significantly better overall winning percentage over the last five years (80.8 percent to 50.3 percent).
- Syracuse is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Syracuse is 79.1 inches compared to 77.6 inches for Indiana.
- The Big East has 2 teams - Notre Dame (17.3) and Pittsburgh (16.7) - that average more assists per game than the Big Ten leader, Iowa (15.3).
- Syracuse has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (60 percent vs. 73 percent).
- The Big East has had 19 more NCAA Tournament teams than the Big Ten over the past 10 years.
- A for effort, but Syracuse has emerged victorious against Indiana the last three times they've played.
- Syracuse has more NCAA Championships over the last 10 years than Indiana (one vs. zero).
- Syracuse has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Indiana (one vs. zero).
- The Syracuse assist leader (Michael Carter-Williams, 249 assists) has more assists than the Indiana assist leader (Kevin Ferrell, 132 assists).