Syracuse vs Indiana St: Tournament Preview & Prediction

    
March 15th, 2011
(3) Syracuse vs. (14) Indiana State

East Region - Cleveland

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All four games in Cleveland are part of the East region, allowing teams to get a look at who they may possibly run into in Newark in the Elite 8. Syracuse has their active 2-3 zone that can give teams unfamiliar with its nuances fits, and the Orange will begin their run with Missouri Valley tournament champion Indiana State. Point guard Scoop Jardine needs to make sound decisions with the basketball because when their other weapons are neglected the Orange can struggle offensively. ISU beat the top two MVC seeds on consecutive days to grab the automatic bid. The Sycamores did achieve their best finish in the MVC in over a decade but they lack the quality shooting required to deal with Syracuse's zone.

 

CHN Team Capsules (w/ stats, records, and rankings):

Syracuse

Indiana St

 

Stars to Watch:

F Rick Jackson (Syracuse)

G Jake Odum (Indiana State)

 

Vegas Odds:

Syracuse -11.5

 

Predictions:

RealTimeRPI - Syracuse 71-Indiana St 62

KenPom: Syracuse 72-Indiana St 59

CollegeHoops.net Betting Pick: Indiana St

 

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