9:52 PM ET, March 28, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- An hour after his team finished a dominating defensive performance to close in on the Final Four, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stood in a hallway and talked on and on about his trademark 2-3 zone.Proud as can be. And rightly so."You have to know what to do against it," Boeheim said.Indiana most certainly did not.Limiting the No. 1-seeded Hoosiers to their lowest output of the season while forcing 19 turnovers and blocking 10 shots, fourth-seeded Syracuse used Michael Carter-Williams' 24 points to upset Indiana 61-50 on Thursday night and reach the East Regional final.
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The Hoosiers were completely outplayed, dominated in the first half like they hadn't been all season, unable to solve Syracuse's zone, Andy Katz writes. Home Court
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MVP: Syracuse sophomore Michael Carter-Williams finished with 24 points on 9-for-19 shooting. He also grabbed six rebounds.
X factor: The Orange's 2-3 zone. Indiana struggled with it early, committing 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes and falling behind by as many as 18 points in the first half. The Hoosiers never recovered and Syracuse never let them, as Indiana cut its deficit to six points with about 14 minutes left, but never got any closer.
That was ... crushing, on the part of Syracuse: The Orange finished with 11 blocks while holding the Hoosiers to 34 percent shooting and forcing 17 IU turnovers. It was a particularly tough day for Indiana 7-footer Cody Zeller, who was 3-for-10 with 10 points against the Orange's lengthy, tenacious, smothering defense.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-48 (.438)||16-48 (.333)|
|3P Made-Attempted||4-11 (.364)||3-15 (.200)|
|FT Made-Attempted||15-20 (.750)||15-24 (.625)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||17 (0/0)||18 (0/0)|
|» Mar 28, 2013||SYR 61, @IND 50||Recap|
Syracuse's starting backcourt, Michael Carter-Williams and Brandon Triche, had 22 points in the paint, two fewer than Indiana had as a team. Carter-Williams and Triche were a combined 11-for-17 in the paint, while the Hoosiers were 12-for-29.[+]
Syracuse Backcourt Gets to Basket
Cody Zeller was 3-for-11 from the floor in Indiana's loss to Syracuse, his lowest shooting percentage in any game in which he had at least 10 attempts. Zeller had five of his 11 attempts blocked, with all of his attempts coming in the paint.
Indiana averaged 78.1 points per 100 possessions in its loss to Syracuse Thursday, its worst offensive efficiency in the last two seasons. Entering the Round of 16, the Hoosiers had averaged 117.4 points per 100 possessions, the second-most efficient offense in the nation. Indiana's effective field goal percentage and turnover percentage Thursday were also season worsts.[+]
Indiana Offense - Thursday vs Syracuse
What a big performance for Michael Carter-Williams on both ends of the floor. No player has ever scored a higher percentage of his team's points in a win vs a 1 seed while picking up at least 4 steals than Syracuse's sophomore point guard.[+]
Highest Pct of Team Pts in Win vs 1 Seed - With 4 Steals
Indiana scored 50 points vs Syracuse, tied for the 4th-fewest points by a 1 seed in the shot clock era.[+]
Fewest Points by a 1 Seed - Men's Basketball Championship, Shot Clock Era
Syracuse and Marquette will play for a spot in the Final Four on Saturday. They are the 1st schools from the same conference to meet in the Elite 8 since another pair of Big East schools in 2009. That year, Villanova beat Pittsburgh in the East Region final.
Indiana shot 28.6 percent and had 16 turnovers against Syracuse's zone. The Hoosiers had nine of their 42 field goal attempts against the zone blocked. They entered the game shooting 52.8 percent against zone defenses this season, fourth best in the nation.[+]
Indiana Zone Offense
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