At a Glance
The NCAA features a compelling game between Syracuse and Ohio State. Both of these teams are vying for a spot in the Final Four, something that not many teams have been able to say.
Both teams have exceptional talent on their rosters as well as some of the best college coaches in Mens NCAA basketball. This game will take place at the Garden in Boston, MA.
Heading into this game, the Orange sport an overall record of 34-2 and are 17-1 in the Big East. They are the number one seed heading into this game, and are coming off a closely contested win over Wisconsin with a final score of 64-63.
For Ohio State, they come into this game with a record of 30-7 and are 13-5 in the Big Ten. They come into this game as the second seed, and are coming off dominating performance over Cincinnati with a final score of 81-66.
For Syracuse, they have relied on offensive production from Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters. Joseph is averaging 13.5 points per game with 4.8 rebounds per game. Waiters is averaging 12.7 points per game with 2.3 rebounds per game.
For Ohio State, they utilize their star players Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas, and William Budford. Sullinger is averaging 17.6 points per game with 9.2 rebounds per game. Thomas is averaging 16.2 points game with 5.3 rebounds per game. Budford is averaging 14.4 points per game with 4.8 rebounds per game.
Keys to Victory
For the Orange, they will need to have the same type of offensive production like they did against Wisconsin. They shot 55 percent against the Badgers and went 5 of 9 from the field. They will need more of the same against Ohio State today.
For Ohio State, they will need production from all of the players, but namely Sullinger. He scored 23 points with 11 rebounds in their win against Cincinnati, and they will need the same type of performance from him if they want to go on to the Final Four.