Throughout Indiana and Syracuse’s histories, the teams have only met four times with the Hoosiers’ only victory coming in the ’87 title game. The Orange won its games in 1990 and twice in ‘98.
In IU’s past two games against Big East opponents, they defeated Georgetown 82-72 in overtime in Brooklyn earlier this year and beat Pittsburgh 74-64 in 2009 at the Jimmy V Classic in Madison Square Garden.
All-American sophomore center Cody Zeller (16.9 points, 8.2 rebounds per game) will be key to the Hoosiers’ success against Syracuse’s zone defense. If Zeller is able to get in the middle and create for himself and others successfully, Indiana’s chances of winning will greatly increase.
If Indiana were able to beat Syracuse and advance to the Elite Eight, they would meet the winner of the No. 2 seed Miami and No. 3 seed Marquette where intriguing storylines lay with each pairing.
The Hurricanes’ matchup would pit the ACC and Big Ten champions against each other. Oladipo would also most likely garner the responsibility of slowing down star sophomore guard Shane Larkin (14.6 points and 4.4 assists per game).
A meeting against the Golden Eagles would be Crean’s first contest against the team he coached for nine years (1999-2008) before leaving to come to IU.
The East region is the only section of the bracket that still has all four of its top seeds left.
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