Photos: Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – When the Syracuse University men’s basketball team takes on Indiana in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night, they will be looking to shake off some the ghosts of the past.
The Orange leads the all-time series against the Hoosiers 3-1, but the lone loss arrived in the NCAA Tournament final in 1987 when Keith Smart’s baseline jump shot sunk SU.USA Today’s Mike Lopestri said he called Smart
as soon as he knew the Orange would face the Sacramento Kings’ coach’s alma mater.
"No matter what, for the rest of my days, I'm going to be attached to that moment," Smart told Lopestri. "I'm glad that shot did go in, because I'd be the one who missed it, rather than the other way around."
For the complete interview, visit the USA Today website
It will be a different era for the two programs on Thursday night at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC.
Their most recent meeting was 15 years ago, when SU defeated Indiana 76-63 in the 1998 Maui Invitational.
The Orange is seeded No. 4 in the East Regional, while the Hoosiers are the top seed in the region. Indianapolis Star writer Terry Hutchins stressed
that the Hoosiers will need to contend with an Orange defense that has held down opponents’ 3-point shooters.
Despite Indiana’s basketball pedigree – which includes four national championships to SU’s one – the Orange boast a better tournament record in recent years.
After beating Cal, SU is making its third NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in four years. The Hoosiers advanced to the Sweet 16 last year as well.
Indiana is led by All-Big 10 First Team honorees Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo.
On Tuesday, SU’s Michael Carter-Williams and CJ Fair were both second-team All-Big East selections.
Brandon Triche was selected to the conference’s second team.