It wasn’t always (if ever) pretty, but the Syracuse Orange won a defensive slug-fest today against Big East rival Marquette, 55-39. The Orange defense was suffocating the golden Eagles all night long, holding to them 12/53 from the field, (22%). Syracuse sophomore-sensation Michael Carter-Williams led the way with 12 points, 10 assists, and five rebounds.
Marquette simply could never find any rhythm against the vaunted Cuse 2-3 zone, missing open jumper after open jumper, and the Cuse’s length prevented the Golden Eagles from getting anything in the paint. Coming into the game, Marquette hadn’t scored fewer than 47 points this season.
Syracuse has the lowest scoring defense (45.75 PPG) through a team’s 1st 4 games of a NCAA Tournament since 1984 Georgetown (43.25 PPG).
Syracuse’s 4 NCAA opponents have shot 20%, 39%, 33% & 23% against the Orange.
Opponents have shot a combined 14-92 from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament.
This will be the fourth Final Four for Jim Boeheim, and he’s made it to championship game in previous three appearances.
Boeheim and the Orange haven’t been to the national semifinals since Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 championship.
The Cuse now await the winner of tomorrow’s Florida Michigan winner in the National Semifinal.