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2013 NCAA Tournament: Syracuse Orange Final Four Preview

The No. 4 Syracuse Orange have made it to the Final Four by playing great defense. Although the concept is that simple, the Orange D is clearly not.

In four NCAA Tournament games, Syracuse has allowed just 45.8 points per game. No, that is not a typo. It is not like the Orange have played easy opponents either. The No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers had arguably the best offense in the nation and Syracuse allowed them to just 50 points. Not too shabby, considering that Indiana was averaging 80 points per game on the year.

In two games, Syracuse has given up less than 40 points. The most this team gave up was 60 points. You can definitely say that this defense has been dominant during the 2013 NCAA Tournament.

What to Watch For

Other than its defense, Syracuse has a great point guard in Michael Carter-Williams. In the tourney, Carter-Williams is averaging 13 points per game and 4.8 assists per game. Carter Williams is going to have to be big in this game if Syracuse plans on outscoring the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines.

However, there are plenty of other scorers on this team that can get the job done, like C.J. Fair, Brandon Triche and James Southerland. All four of the players mentioned above are averaging 12 or more points on the season, with Fair leading the team at 14.3 points per game.

Syracuse Wins If

Its defense continues to dominate. What the Orange have done so far on defense in the tourney is pretty crazy, but they will be playing another high-powered scoring team from the Big Ten Conference in Michigan. If Syracuse can limit what Trey Burke does, then it will be in the championship game.

However, no matter how much Michigan is trailing by, no lead is safe with its hot shooters. Syracuse can not leave players open from behind the arc or else the Orange will lose this one. If Syracuse limits the three-pointers from the Wolverines in this game and plays its famous 2-3 zone defense like it knows how to, the Orange will go on to win this game.


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