The No. 4 Syracuse Orange clearly have a great defense, only allowing under 50 points per game in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but will their offense be a cause for concern against the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines in the Final Four?
Syracuse is only averaging 64.8 points per game in the dance. However, that average is a little inflated, thanks to an 81-point scoring performance against No. 13 Montana in the second round. Other than that game, the most the Orange scored was 66 points against the No. 12 California Golden Bears in the third round.
Michigan, on the other hand, is putting up 78.8 points per game in the tourney. You could definitely say that is a little more than what Syracuse has done on the offensive side of the ball.
Defense wins championships and all of that good stuff, but even championship defenses have off games. Syracuse cannot afford to have an off game against the Wolverines. Not only does Michigan have a better offense, but there is no way that the Orange can keep up with the Wolverines if this game turned into a shooting battle.
Other than the top four scorers on Syracuse, there is not really a true threat on the offensive side of the ball. The Wolverines have five scorers that can drop 20 or more points at any given time.
Although Syracuse has been amazing on the defensive side of the ball, thanks to that famous 2-3 zone, the Orange will really have to be great in that department because their offense is not as good as Michigan’s.