And, no one will be excited about facing that zone defense.
The 11th-seeded Orange now find themselves in the Sweet 16 following a 55-53 victory over No. 3 Michigan State at Detroit. "We played with confidence". "We got beat because we couldn't make a shot". That's why nothing surprises me with our defense.
The Spartans missed their last 13 shots.
"It's one of those shots you shoot as a kid", he said softly. The Spartans had just 1 basket on a fast-break opportunity. The Spartans responded with a handful of desperation 3-point misses.
More than seven million people had Michigan State going to the Elite Eight.
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The Syracuse Orange were the last team selected to the NCAA Tournament and had to take on Arizona State in a First Four game just to make the field of 64. They overcame playing three games in five days and essentially playing a road game, matching up with Michigan State about 75 miles from its campus with green-and-white clad fans packing the stands.
They call the NCAA's annual tournament March Madness because teams like Syracuse continue to justify the name by upsetting some of the NCAA's scariest teams, year after year.
"We didn't want Langford and McQuaid to shoot the ball", Boeheim said. "I've seen too many guys when the guy makes a 3 and it goes into overtime".
Syracuse took the lead for the first time in the second half with 4:22 left.
Bridges' college career likely is ending with a performance he would like to forget. "I could've made some plays, got some rebounds", Bridges said. That reasoning may sound a bit arbitrary, but the statistics will back it up, and so did head coach Tom Izzo after the game.
Winston scored 15 points and Nick Ward added 10 for the Spartans, who shot just 26 percent. The Spartans shot at least 50 percent 17 times. The entire team was in foul trouble but Syracuse still went to the line twice as often as the Spartans.More news: JM Smucker Co (NYSE:SJM) Holdings Lowered by Eaton Vance Management
Michigan State may have a rough offseason because it will likely lose Bridges and freshman Jaren Jackson to the National Basketball Association draft and the school's crisis on campus isn't going away anytime soon.
Syracuse was badly outrebounded by Michigan State's frontcourt, especially while on the defensive end.
"We had 29 offensive rebounds?" asked Tillman.
"That's the difference in the game", Izzo said.
Winston had a team-high 15 points for Michigan State, which shot a miserable 8-for-37 from 3-point range. And I thought we had some good shots. Almost five million of these people had the Spartans going to the Final Four.More news: Macy will let shoppers use mobile app to skip the sales clerk