Sunday, March 17, 2013

A Quick Primer on Syracuse

There will be much more to come this week, but let's take a brief look at Syracuse and what they have accomplished this year.

In case you have somehow missed, Montana is a 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and they will be taking on Syracuse.

The Orange finished the Big East tournament with a record of 26-9. During the regular season, they went 11-7 in the Big East, which earned them the number five seed in the Big East tournament. Once there, they made it to the final of the tournament, before running into a buzzsaw in Louisville in the second half.

They are 16th in the country in offensive efficiency, at 114.2 (by comparison, Montana is 129th at 103.5). They are 23rd in the country in defensive efficiency at 89.8 (by comparison, Montana is 175th at 101.6). Syracuse is first in the country in block percentage, at 19.1%. They also excel on the offensive glass, which could be an issue for Montana.

Last, Syracuse is known for playing probably more zone defense than anyone in the country. The Grizzlies will have to be ready to play zone offense, and will need to be hitting their shots.

Much more as the weekend continues.

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