NCAA Tournament roundup: Orange zone out Hoosiers, draw Marquette in Elite 8
It took winning a national title for Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim to get over a late-shot loss to Indiana the last time the schools faced off in the NCAA Tournament.
This meeting in Washington, 26 years later, was never close enough to come down to the final seconds, thanks mostly to Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone defense.
Limiting Indiana to its lowest output of the season while forcing 19 turnovers and compiling 10 blocks, fourth-seeded Syracuse (29-9) used Michael Carter-Williams’ 24 points to upset the No. 1 seed Hoosiers 61-50 Thursday night to reach the East Regional final.
The Orange held Indiana to 33 percent shooting and frustrated the Hoosiers – from the players to coach Tom Crean. Cody Zeller was held to 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Victor Oladipo scored 16 for Indiana, none easily.
At one point early on, Crean scanned a sheet of notes, then shoved it into his navy blue suit jacket’s inside pocket.
No help there.
No. 3 Marquette 71, No. 2 Miami 61: Also in Washington, Vander Blue and Marquette figured out how to put one away early.
The Golden Eagles (26-8) earned their first trip to the Elite 8 since 2003 with a victory over Miami after sweating through a pair of edge-of-your-seat comebacks in their first two tourney games.
Blue, who spurred the rallies that beat Davidson by one and Butler by two, finished with 14 points. He wasn’t Marquette’s leading scorer – that was Jamil Wilson with 16.
“It feels good not to have to worry about, are you going to lose on a last-second shot or are you going to win on a last-second shot?” Wilson said.
Miami (29-7) made only 35 percent of its field goals and missed 18 of 26 3-pointers. Shane Larkin scored 14 points to lead the second-seeded Hurricanes, whose NCAA run to the round of 16 matched the best in school history.
Marquette shot 54 percent.
No. 9 Wichita State 72, No. 13 La Salle 58: The Shockers took a 38-22 halftime lead in Los Angeles and didn’t look back en route to a date with Ohio State in the West Regional final, their first Elite 8 appearance since 1981.
Malcolm Armstead led Wichita State (29-8) with 18 points, six rebounds and four assists. Tyrone Garland and Jerrell Wright scored 16 apiece for La Salle (24-10).
The Shockers dominated the rebounding battle 47-29. It took nearly 8 minutes for Sam Mills to grab the first rebound for the Explorers.