WASHINGTON (Sporting Alert) — Another No. 1 seed, Indiana were beaten in the NCAA March Madness Tourney on Thursday night. The Following are the results from March Madness on March 28.
Syracuse (29-9) jumped out to an early lead and Indiana (29-7) struggled to keep up as they went down 61-50 in the sweet 16 at the Verizon Center.
Michael Carter-Williams was the main destroyer for Syracuse with 24 points, six rebounds and four steals, while Brandon Triche added 14 points and C.J. Fair finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.
The Orange, which took a 22-9 lead in the opening 14 minutes of the game, kept the Hoosiers offense very quiet with Jim Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone.
In fact, the score was Indiana’s lowest of the season.
“Our perimeter defense was tremendous,” Boeheim said. “This is one of our best defensive teams ever.
“They play it well.
“We’re much better when we play teams that don’t know us,” Boeheim said. “Marquette knows us. They know how to play against us, so it will be very difficult.”
Victor Oladipo finished with 15 points, while Cody Zeller was held to 3-of-11 from the field for 11 points and nine rebounds.
Christian Watford added 13 points and seven rebounds in the defeat for the top-seeded Hoosiers who were tipped to make the Final Four.
“Let’s face facts. We haven’t seen a zone like that,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean, after his team was held to 34 percent on 16-47 shooting from the floor.
“They’re very good. They’re where they’re at for a reason.”
Also on Thursday night, No. 2 seed Miami failed to find their shots in the opening minutes and suffered a 71-61 defeat to the energetic Marquette side that gave the Hurricanes little room to breathe at the Verizon Center.
Jamil Wilson and Davante Gardner combined for 30 points and 12 rebound off the bench in helping the third-seeded Golden Eagles (26-8) to take a place in the elite eight.
Wilson collected 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, while Gardner added 14 points and four rebounds for the winners, which also had 14 points from Vander Blue.
“It’s fantastic,” said Wilson after his team dominated early to save any late drama.
“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?”
“To have a cushion like that, these guys played with tremendous heart, and we did it all game.”
Shane Larkin finished with a team-high 14 points, but his struggles in the early going was one of the main reasons Miami were not able to get going.
Kenny Kadji scored 11 points and Durand Scott had 10 in the defeat.
Elsewhere on Thursday night, second-seeded Ohio State, on a last second three-pointer from LaQuinton Ross, beat Arizona 73-70.
“It feels great, man,” said Ross, who finished 17 points for the Buckeyes. “I think this is what every player grows up looking at on TV, wanting to hit that big shot for an NCAA tournament team.
“It just feels great right now.”
But it was Deshaun Thomas, who did all the early work in helping his team get back into the contest after falling behind early – leading the way with 20 points, while Aaron Craft added 13 points five assists and five rebounds.
Mark Lyons led the Wildcats with a game high 23 points.
In the night’s other game, La Salle failed to find the spark that helped them to this point of the competition and in the end suffered a disappointing 72-58 defeat at the hands of Wichita State at Staples Center.
“It took us a half to kind of adjust to the level they were playing at,” said La Salle coach John Giannini.
“The second half was pretty evenly played, but we were in just too deep of a hole.”
Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points and six rebounds, Carl Hall finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocks and Ron Baker added 13 points in the win for Shockers, which had dumped No. 1 seed Gonzaga in the third round.
“We need one more win to seal this deal and go back home and get ready for the Final Four,” Baker said.
“We’re just going to grab this opportunity the best we can.”
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