Although the No. 4 Syracuse Orange made the Big East tournament championship game, no one gave them much credit going into the 2013 NCAA Tournament. Hence the No. 4 seed. Well, none of that matters now because Syracuse has made it all of the way to the Final Four. Let’s take a look at how they got this far.
Syracuse opened up the tournament quieting many doubters with a blowout victory against No. 13 Montana. Sure, the Orange were expected to win this game, but not by 47 points.
The Orange then took on a pesky No. 12 California team and just managed to escape by six points. Syracuse still managed to win that game, despite going on a 12-minute drought without scoring a field goal. A team can pull things off like that when it has a good defense and you can definitely say that about Syracuse.
Syracuse then took on No. 1 Indiana in the Sweet 16. No way is the Orange’s defense going to shutdown Indiana, let alone beat them. Wrong. The Orange held the Hoosiers to just 50 points. Coming into this game, Indiana was the third ranked offense in the nation when it came to points per game. Apparently, Syracuse could care less.
Okay, Syracuse is in the Elite Eight, but there is no way that they were going to beat another Big East opponent in the No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles, which is the same team that already beat them this year. Well, this team looked very impressive in the Elite Eight and held Marquette to just 39 points.
Holding one team under 40 points in the NCAA Tournament is one thing, but doing it twice in the span of four games is unheard of.
Syracuse will now take on the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four. Although Syracuse has proved a lot to this point, there are probably still many doubters out there that think Trey Burke and the Wolverines will walk all over the Orange. That is probably just fine by Syracuse because they have been doubted a time or two this season already.