Syracuse upsets Indiana; Marquette ousts Miami
WASHINGTON (AP) – With its 2-3 zone defense disruptive from start to finish, and Michael Carter-Williams pouring in 24 points, fourth-seeded Syracuse upset No. 1 seed Indiana, 61-50, to reach the East Regional final.
Syracuse limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season, forced 19 turnovers, blocked 10 shots and held the normally efficient Hoosiers (29-7) to 33 percent shooting.
After getting past preseason No. 1 Indiana, Syracuse (29-9) will face No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night in an all-Big East matchup for a berth in the Final Four. Coach Jim Boeheim and the Orange haven’t been to the national semifinals since Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 title.
WASHINGTON (AP) – After sweating through a pair of edge-of-your-seat comebacks early in the NCAA tournament, Vander Blue and Marquette figured out how to put one away early as the Golden Eagles earned their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2003 with a victory over Miami.
Blue, who spurred the rallies that beat Davidson by one and Butler by two, finished with 14 points. He wasn’t Marquette’s leading scorer – that was Jamil Wilson with 16 – but it was Blue’s offensive and defensive energy that pushed the Golden Eagles to a double-digit lead in the first half, a spread Miami never came close to making up.
The third-seeded Golden Eagles (26-8) are aiming for a spot in the Final Foul for the first time since Dwyane Wade took them there a decade ago.
Miami (29-7) made only 35 percent of its field goals and missed 18 of 26 3-pointers. Shane Larkin scored 14 points to lead the second-seeded Hurricanes, whose NCAA run to the round of 16 matched the best in school history.
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