March Madness 2011: Can Indiana State Pull off the Tournament's Biggest Upset?
March Madness is here, but can Indiana State create its own madness with an upset win over Syracuse?
Indiana State has been one of the best stories of the college basketball season. The former alma mater of the great Larry Bird, Indiana State posted a 20-13 record this year on their way to winning eight of their final nine games.
As far as NCAA Tournament experience goes, this game could not feature two more different teams. Syracuse, a Big East Powerhouse, is making it's 28th appearance under head coach Jim Boeheim, Indiana State is making just its fourth appearance in school history, and the first since 2001.
"The one thing we don't want is for the kids to go into this game against a great opponent with a 'deer in the headlights look. We'll use last week as a barometer of how we reacted to pressure, and hopefully that kind of effort will carry over. I want my kids to be at ease and just play basketball, but that's going to be very difficult against what I consider to be one of the most powerful teams in the country."
This would be a huge upset, and if it were to happen, it most likley would be the biggest upset throughout the entire tournament. Everyone outside of the state of New York and those who attended Syrcause, will probably be rooting for the Sycamores to pull off the unthinkable.
When you break it down, Syracuse is just too good of a basketball team to let this happen.
"If they make it to the regional, Syracuse is going to have a sweet home-court advantage. The always well-traveling Orange fans will certainly stuff Newark's Prudential Center. It's only four hours away."
This is the truth. The only way that Indiana State, or any team for that matter, can beat Syracuse, is if they shoot well from the outside and are able to attack that fearful zone defense.
We'd love to see it happen, but chances are that Syracuse takes care of work here against Indiana State and moves on to their next feat in their quest to make a Final Four run.
Make it: Syracuse 75, Indiana State 58
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