Field Goal %
- SYR 43.8
- 33.3 IND
Three Point %
- SYR 36.4
- 20.0 IND
- SYR 14
- 19 IND
- SYR 35
- 38 IND
- Washington, District of Columbia 20599
- Line: IND -6.0
- 0th Half
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.
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 vs Syracuse - In Sweet 16
Season Worst? Points 50 Yes FG pct 34.0 Yes 3-pt FG pct 20.0 Yes (Minimum 15 attempts)
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.
Indiana scored 50 points vs Syracuse, tied for the 4th-fewest points by a 1 seed in the 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.
Just as teams who are vulnerable to upsets come NCAA tournament time share certain characteristics, sturdy favorites, such as North Carolina, share statistical similarities.
The Jayhawks haven't finished outside of the class rankings' top 10 since 2012. Landing point guard Trae Young would assuredly keep that streak alive.
Northwestern coach Chris Collins has his team in line for its first-ever NCAA tourney berth. Does that make him deserving of coach of the year?