March Madness 2011 Predictions: Can Indiana State Stop the Syracuse Orange?
March Madness 2011 Predictions Continue; Do the Sycamores of Indiana State Stand a Chance Against the Mighty Orange?
It looks like a mismatch, doesn't it? On paper, the East Region's 3-14 seed clash between the Syracuse Orange, who battled to the Big East semifinals, and the Indiana State Sycamores, surprise winners of the Missouri Valley Conference, looks like it shouldn't even be close.
The Orange are the more balanced, more effective team, while Indiana State is an upstart in a conference full of them. What hope do they have against the likes of Kris Joseph, Rick Jackson, Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche?
The answer is: More than you'd think. Led by guards Dwayne Latham and Jake Odum, the Sycamores are a tough team, who love to slow things down a bit. They prefer to play on the outside, and knock down 36 percent of their threes. Can they bang? Sure; they average 37 boards per game. If Syracuse sleeps on this team, expect the Trees to stay on the perimeter of the Orange's vaunted zone and go bombs away from downtown, and possibly score the upset.
Even is Syracuse doesn't sleep on ISU, look for them to knock down some threes and keep swinging, hoping to land a haymaker or two, in the form of a key bucket.
But, in the end, the fact is that Syracuse can score with anyone, with their combination of interior bangers and three-point gunners.
Final Score: Syracuse 67, Indiana State 60. The Sycamores put up a good fight, but in the end, the Orange are too much for them here.
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