Syracuse-Marquette: The matchups, numbers and what to watch for in the Elite Eight Big East duel

first_imgBig number24Points scored by point guard Michael Carter-Williams in Syracuse’s 61-50 win over Indiana, a career high.Free throwSyracuse forward James Southerland’s sister, Sabrina, was named 2013 Girls Athlete of the Year by the Armory Track and Field Center on Thursday.These two teams last met in the NCAA Tournament in 2011 when the Big East had 11 schools selected, forcing a second-round matchup between the No. 3-seed Orange and the No. 11-seed Golden Eagles.The MatchupsStats in 2013 postseason playAdvertisementThis is placeholder textPoint guardMichael Carter-Williams6-6 185 So.10.1 ppg 6.7 apgJunior Cadougan6-1 205 Sr.8.8 ppg 1.0 apgCarter-Williams is as hot as he’s ever been while Cadougan’s tapered off in terms of raw production since the postseason’s started. If the Syracuse point guard shows the same range he did last game, the Orange becomes nearly impossible to defend.Shooting guardBrandon Triche6-4 210 Sr.13.4 ppg 2.9 apgVander Blue6-4 200 Jr.17.8 ppg 1.3 apgUnlike Jordan Hulls, Blue can matchup physically with Triche. That doesn’t mean Triche should stop driving, though. When he does, SU’s offense transforms from predictable pass-and-shoot to a dynamic maze of slashes, dumps and kicks.Small forwardJames Southerland6-8 215 Sr.12.9 ppg 5.5 rpgTrent Lockett6-5 210 Sr.7.0 ppg 8.5 rpgSoutherland’s quiet showing against the Hoosiers hints he’s due to drop a few 3s on Marquette. Ability to stretch the opposing defense aside, this matchup is most crucial on the boards where Southerland is severely underrated.Power forwardC.J. Fair6-8 215 Jr.14.0 ppg 6.4 rpgJuan Anderson6-6 210 So.0.5 ppg 1.8 rpgAnderson’s likely to give way to Jamil Wilson as he only played six minutes against Miami in the Sweet 16. The struggle for either player will be to keep track of Fair around the lane and limit his deadly mid-range jumper.CenterRakeem Christmas6-9 242 So.2.8 ppg 2.6 rpgChris Otule6-11 275 R-Sr.7.0 ppg, 5.3 rpgWhile Otule plays more significant minutes than Christmas, the real center battle will be fought by Baye Moussa Keita and Davante Gardner where Keita, and Christmas, will be tested by an even stronger physical presence than Indiana’s Cody Zeller.CoachesJim Boeheim919-31337 seasonsBuzz Williams136-706 seasonsThe two coaches are no strangers and the Orange zone will surprise no one. Both teams roll about eight-deep. Boeheim’s biggest game planning will have been done on shutting down Davante Gardner and Williams will push his player to hit the defensive glass and keep SU out of the transition play it revels in. Comments Published on March 30, 2013 at 12:48 am Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

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