Indiana vs. Syracuse: 5 Keys for Hoosiers to Win Sweet 16 Showdown

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Indiana vs. Syracuse: 5 Keys for Hoosiers to Win Sweet 16 Showdown
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Not many schools are as steeped in NCAA basketball postseason tradition as Indiana and Syracuse. It's quite surprising, then, that the last time the teams faced each other in the NCAA tournament was the immortal 1987 National Championship Game.

Thursday night, the two schools will finally wage a rematch that's more than a quarter-century in the making when they tip off in a Sweet 16 matchup at Washington, D.C.'s Verizon Center.

While Syracuse crushed Montana and held Cal at arm's length to reach this point, IU was running away with its opener against James Madison and rallying to win a virtual brawl with Temple.

What can the Hoosiers do to ensure another win, preferably a less stressful one than the late-game victory over Temple? Let's examine five angles that can turn the tide red instead of orange.

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