Syracuse defeats Indiana 61-50 in the Sweet 16

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Indiana entered the season as the top-ranked team in many of the pre-season polls.  The Hoosiers accomplished one of their major goals in winning the Big Ten Regular Season  Championship.  Indiana earned a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament, but fell short in their primary goal of advancing to the Final Four and competing for a National Championship.

Syracuse defeated Indiana 61-50 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Thursday Michael Carter-Williams led the Orange with 24 points. Indiana was paced by All-American Victor Oladipo who scored 16 points.  Christian Watford scored 13 points in his final game with the Hoosiers.

Indiana fell behind early and trailed 34-22 at halftime.  Despite a solid spurt to start the second half, Tom Crean’s bunch could not overcome the early deficit in the East Region Semi-Finals.  Fourth-seeded Syracuse advances to face third-seeded Marquette for a spot in the Final Four.  The Golden Eagles dominated Miami (FL) 71-61 in the Thursday’s other Verizon Center contest.

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