TALE OF THE TAPE

NCAA Tournament Round Of 16: #1 Indiana Vs. #4 Syracuse

#1 Indiana
#4 Syracuse
Temple v Indiana
California v Syracuse
Coaching
Tom Crean has done a sensational job restoring the Hoosier program from the gutters of Kelvin Sampson, and he made a Final Four with Dwyane Wade and Marquette. This year looks to be his coming-out party.
Winner With three Final Fours and a national championship, Jim Boeheim has been around longer and has more success to show for himself. In terms of in-game tactics, it’s pretty close.
Offense
Winner The Hoosiers play fast, and they find the bottom of the hoop often, tallying a fantastic 80 points per game on 48.6 percent shooting. Cody Zeller is a college superstar with a versatile game, and Victor Oladipo is freakishly efficient.
C.J. Fair, James Southerland and Brandon Tiche are all capable scorers, but Syracuse is prone to offensive cold spells, such as the 12-minute field goal drought in the second half against Cal.
Defense
Despite the virtuosity of the Hoosiers offense, the defense also made plenty of noise this year. This is especially impressive considering how much they push the ball forward, and it’s a testament to how well-organized they are.
Winner The Orange’s specialty, Boeheim’s crew keeps opponents in check by forcing bad shots through the 2-3 zone. Had it not been for the D, Syracuse would have surely crumbled against Cal in the second half.
Bench Depth
Winner Will Sheehey plays an integral role in the Hoosier rotations, and he definitely made his presence known in the tourney; so far, he’s averaging 12.5 points in 24 minutes per game.
In the Cal game, it was backup center Baye Keita who delivered in a big way, tossing in seven huge free throws and pulling down four offensive boards. Cuse is counting on him far more than any other bench player.

We'll Just Call it a Tie

Temple v Indiana California v Syracuse

Syracuse has a knack for winning games it’s not supposed to win, but this Indiana team is extremely good. The Orange’s best chance is to slow things down the way Temple did and hope to close things out late.
-Adam Spunberg, College Basketball Contributor

MORE TALES OF THE TAPE

  1. (credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
    Which Team Wins, The Wild Or Blackhawks?

    Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks is in Chicago Friday night and Game 2 is Sunday night. The series comes to St. Paul on Tuesday. So which team will advance? Which team has the edge? Here’s a preview at a glance.

  2. (credit: Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)
    Our Fortune-Telling Ball Predicts 2015 Vikes’ Season

    The full NFL schedules were released this week, and a lot of experts are going to have a lot of things to say about what these schedules mean for their teams. On behalf of the shall we say non-diehards, I feel like that ubiquitous prediction-telling 8 ball on my desk at work has about as good a shot at making the correct calls as the experts.

  3. Frank Kaminsky #44 of the Wisconsin Badgers (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
    NCAA Championship Tale: #1 Wisconsin Badgers Vs. #1 Duke Blue Devils

    Two No. 1 seeds battle for the national title. Here is a look at the matchup between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils.

See All Tales of the Tape