No. 4 Syracuse Orange’s James Southerland can flat out shoot. Although Syracuse is all about the 2-3 zone and Michael Carter-Williams gets a lot of credit for this team on the offensive side of the ball, Southerland can be the most lethal in the scoring department for Syracuse.
Other than the fact that Southerland is averaging 13.5 points per game on the season, which is not too far behind leading scorer C.J. Fair, Southerland is by far the best three-point shooter on this team.
His 83 made shots from behind the arc speaks pretty loudly in his favor. That is easily the most threes made by any Syracuse player on the year. However, he has only made 7-of-19 from behind the arc in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. This has been under Southerlands 40.3 percent mark from threes on the season.
With that said, Southerland is averaging 11 points per game, which is also below his season average.
Playing good defense is awesome and everything, but a team is eventually going to have to make some shots. That is where Southerland comes in. The No. 4 Michigan Wolverines are lethal from behind the arc and the only one that can match them in the Final Four is Southerland.
See where I am getting at? Southerland needs to knock down his threes and be a threat in the scoring department to help the Orange make it to the championship game. If Michigan gets ahead by a lot it is going to be hard for Syracuse to get back into the game by banging it out in the post or knocking down twos.
Now is your time to shine Southerland.