The Hoosiers had no answer for Carter-Williams, who scored a game-high 24 points on 9 of 19 shooting. Carter-Williams, who is usually a poor perimeter shooter, also knocked down three shots from beyond the arc. One of the main questions about the Hoosiers entering the season was whether small guards Ferrell and Hulls could play together in the same backcourt.
For most of the season, the answer was ‘yes.’
But versus the Orange, both guards struggled against Syracuse’s length. Ferrell committed four first-half turnovers and himself on the bench to start the second half. Neither he nor Hulls scored a single point.
Hulls was 0 of 3 from the field and had a hard time staying in front of Brandon Triche on the defensive end. Hulls was just 7 of 31 from the field in Indiana’s five postseason games, including 4 of 24 from beyond the arc.
“It’s a terrible way to go out,” Hulls said. “It will haunt me the rest of my life.”
Oladipo led Indiana with 15 points on 5 of 6 shooting, and Cody Zeller added 11 points and nine rebounds.
With the loss, the Hoosiers say goodbye to seniors Christian Watford, Derek Elston and Hulls. There has also been a great deal of speculation that Oladipo and Zeller may leave school early for the NBA Draft.
Both Oladipo and Zeller said they hadn’t yet thought about their futures.
"I have no clue,” Zeller said. “I don't know how it goes, I don't know what happens from here. I was putting everything into this team, this tournament. I haven't thought about it at all."