2013 Final Four Preview: Syracuse Orange
Road to Atlanta:
81-34 over Montana
66-60 over California
61-50 over Indiana
55-39 over Marquette
Last Final Four Appearance: 2003
Figurehead: Jim Boeheim is in his 37th season as the Orange’s head coach and has led them to an appearance in the Final Four for a fourth straight decade (1987, 1996, 2003, 2013).
Star Player: Michael Carter-Williams may be the best all-around point guard in the nation. He put up a stat line of 12 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 5 steals against Marquette.
X Factor: Brandon Triche is their streakiest shooter. He scored 20+ points in seven games this season, but also failed to make a three point shoot on 12 occasions.
Four Famous Alumni: Joe Biden, Dick Clark, Jim Brown, and Steve Kroft.
Key Stat: Syracuse’s 2-3 zone has limited opponents to a .154% (14 for 91) shooting percentage from three point line in the NCAA Tournament.
Legacy: Another national title for Syracuse would further establish the program as one of the best in college basketball. Jim Boeheim is already a Hall of Famer, but another championship ring would place him even further in the upper echelon of coaching legends.
Why Syracuse Will Cut Down the Nets: The 2-3 zone will shut down Michigan’s starting five with the same result occurring in the national championship game against Wichita State or Louisville.
Why the Orange Will Come Up Short: The 2-3 zone meets its match on Saturday against the Wolverine’s up tempo offense. Nik Stauskas is once again lights out from beyond the arc and Glenn Robinson III dominates the Syracuse frontcourt in the paint.