Joe D's NCAAB Syracuse/Marquette East Regional Final's Winner
Syracuse vs. Marquette,
03/30/2013 16:30 EDT,
Score: 55 - 39
Point Spread: -4/-110 Syracuse
Today's winner is Syracuse over Marquette.
Marquette's last loss was in Conference Tournament play against Notre Dame. They had easy matchups in the rounds 1 and 2, facing Davidson and Butler. Now, the Golden Eagles did just beat a strong Hurricanes team by 10 to advance to this round but caught some luck in that contest. They haven't had to face a defensive team as strong as the Orange possesses in quite a while. In their regular season meeting, Marquette's back court of Blue and Cadougan were shut down, shooting 6 of 16, while overall. the team made just 5 of 21 from beyond the arc. Syracuse's zone "D" forces opponents to shoot from the outside, where Marquette ranks 308th at 30.5%. The Orange rank #3 on defense in FG's at 37.2%, #4 against 3-pointers at 28.7%, and allow a mere 59.1 PPG. In the Tourney, Syracuse is even tougher, holding foes to 48 PPG and completely shutting down the nation's top-scoring team in Indiana. On offense, they have four starters posting 12 or more PPG as 6'8" Fair, 6'8" Southerland, 6'7" Carter-Williams, 6'9" Christmas, 6'0" Keita, 6'8" Grant, an 6'9" Coleman will take over the paint and the glass as Marquette's 6'9" Otule and 6'8" Gardner are the teams only big men. the Eagle's Guard's are all between 6'1" and 6'4". They have problems against physical teams that can rebound. The back court of Triche and Carter-Williams combine for 25.9 PPG but tallied 414 assists TY and will set up Forward's, Fair and Southerland (27.8 PPG combined) who each have lit up the scoreboard this post-season. With Tournament wins over Pitt, G'Town, and Indiana, Syracuse has proven that they are a well-balanced, well-coached, and very talented squad that can beat you at either end of the court. Marquette has no overwhelming presence on the boards and shoot poorly from the perimeter. Take Syracuse. Thank you.