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Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams
Two of the better programs in the history of college basketball will faceoff with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line. Syracuse and Indiana are both very evenly matched teams that were ranked highly throughout the season.
Jim Boeheim leads the Orange as he tries to add another Final Four appearance to his Hall-of-Fame resume. His squad this year is stacked with quality playmakers like Michael Carter-Williams, Brandon Triche and James Southerland. The Orange have looked decent so far, blowing out Montana and holding on to defeat Cal.
Indiana, for the better part of the year, was ranked first in the nation. The Hoosiers are led by big man Cody Zeller and explosive guard Victor Oladipo. Similar to Cuse, Indiana rolled in the first round and won a hard-fought battle with Temple.
This game will be one of best matchups we see all tourney long. With there being such a slight difference of skill between the two teams, I turn to another factor that could determine the outcome. Coaching is more important during this time of year than at any other point in the season. For this reason I think Boeheim and the Orange advance past Tom Crean’s Hoosiers in a thriller.
Prediction: Syracuse 72, Indiana 69