7:15 PM ET, March 22, 2012
TD Garden, Boston, MA
BOSTON -- Syracuse will be playing for a spot in the Final Four because of numbers.C.J. Fair put up some like he hadn't in a while, and the Orange finished with offensive statistics that Wisconsin just doesn't allow in a 64-63 victory in the East Regional semifinals Thursday night that wasn't secure until the final buzzer.
Orange Control the Paint
Syracuse outscored Wisconsin 30-10 in the paint during its win over the Badgers on Thursday. The Orange are now 33-0 this season when they score at least 20 points in the paint. Wisconsin only scored two paint points in the second half and did not attempt a shot in the paint in the final 14 minutes of the game.
Syracuse-Wisconsin in the Paint
|Percent of FG attempts||51.0||24.5|
|*0 FG attempts in final 14 minutes|
NCAA Mens Tournament
BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22: Rakeem Christmas #25 of the Syracuse Orange tips the ball against Jared Berggren #40 of...(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-49 (.429)||27-49 (.551)|
|3P Made-Attempted||14-27 (.519)||5-9 (.556)|
|FT Made-Attempted||7-12 (.583)||5-9 (.556)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
|» Mar 22, 2012||@SYR 64, WIS 63||Recap|
Syracuse outscored Wisconsin 30-10 in the paint during its win over the Badgers on Thursday. The Orange are now 33-0 this season when they score at least 20 points in the paint. Wisconsin only scored two paint points in the second half and did not attempt a shot in the paint in the final 14 minutes of the game.[+]
Syracuse-Wisconsin in the Paint
Syracuse beat Wisconsin, shooting 55% from 2-pt range and 55.6% from 3-pt range. Wisconsin shot 51.9% from 3-pt range but just 31.8% from 2-pt range.[+]
Balance Better? - Syracuse vs Wisconsin
Syracuse had 52 possessions in this game. That is the fewest possessions for a Syracuse team in any game in the last 15 seasons. Previous low was 54, done twice (1999 vs Princeton and 2006 vs West Virginia, both wins).
The Orange finally breakthrough in the Sweet 16....snapping a 3-game losing streak in the round. The last time they won a game in the Sweet 16, they won the National Championship in 2003.[+]
Syracuse in Sweet 16 - Men's Basketball Championship Since 2004
Syracuse allowed 14 3-pt FG vs Wisconsin, the 2nd-most the Orange have allowed in a Men's Basketball Championship game. The most is 15 in a 1995 win over Southern Illinois.
Wisconsin took 3-point lead with 7:05 left at 59-56 on a Jordan Taylor 3-pointer. Syracuse finished the game on an 8-4 "run" on the strength of taking the ball to the paint while Wisconsin settled for 3-pointers. The Orange had a 5-1 rebound advantage as well in the closing stretch.[+]
LAST 7:05 OF GAME
Syracuse shot 50 percent outside the paint on Thursday and is 11-for-18 (61.1 percent) from 3-point range over its last two games. In its previous two Sweet 16 games, the Orange shot under 30 percent from outside the paint and lost both games. Five players combined to make all 12 of Syracuse's field goals from outside the paint against Wisconsin.[+]
Syracuse Shooting Outside the Paint
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