2013 NCAA Tournament: Is Syracuse Capable of Winning the National Championship?

By Dan Parzych

Prior to the start of the Sweet 16 in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, there was plenty of talk about how Indiana should be considered one of the most overrated teams remaining–especially after their third-round scare against Temple. However, there’s one thing that nobody was talking about that much heading into the Sweet 16–which is how Syracuse may be one of the most dangerous teams left in the tournament.

The Orange pulled off the upset over the Hoosiers on Thursday as they went on to win the game 61-50 to advance to the Elite 8 for a matchup against Marquette. The Golden Eagles pulled off an upset of their own against the Miami Hurricanes on Thursday and it should be intense to see which one of these Big East schools advances to the Final Four next weekend.

Despite being one of the top teams in the country throughout the regular season, nobody could have expected Syracuse to display the type of defensive performance they did against Indiana on Thursday. It’s one thing to pull off the upset over one of the top teams in the country, but to force 19 turnovers while blocking 10 shots is impressive for any team at the collegiate level.

The Hoosiers had no chance against the Orange’s 2-3 zone in the Sweet 16 and there’s no reason why they can’t do the same against the Golden Bears or any other team they may face for the rest of the tournament. They may be a No. 4 seed, but don’t sleep on Syracuse with the Elite 8 taking place this weekend because as Thursday’s game against Indiana showed–they certainly are talented enough to win the National Championship.

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