Duke stops Syracuse's Sweet run, 69-65

As per usual, the team was led offensively by Marvin Bagley III.

Bagley scored 13 of his 22 points and had all eight of his rebounds in the second half.

Meanwhile, Grayson Allen was quick to shoot the three in the second half.

Syracuse is no typical 11, and this was a zone-centric battle of wits between two of the most renowned coaches in the game.

Ten of the Orange's first 15 shots went it. The team shoots 38.3 percent for the season from behind the arc, with its starting backcourt Gary Trent Jr.

It was on full display early in the second half of Duke's 69-65 victory vs. Syracuse in the Sweet 16.

Duke used a 10-0 run to end the first half with a 34-27 lead.

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 30 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Orange won the half on the boards, out-rebounding the Blue Devils 19-12, but they coughed up 12 turnovers to Duke's five. Freshman forward Wendell Carter finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. In that pre-tournament matchup, Syracuse faced Arizona State in a 60-56 winning battle.

Steve spoke with SU Athletic Director John Wildhack on Thursday about Cuse's run in the NCAA Tournament. Both Duke and Syracuse play the now highly discussed 2-3 zone.

"It's amusing, everybody just keeps missing against us; we just must be really lucky", Boeheim said, tongue in cheek.

West Virginia is 335th in the country in fouls per game and Villanova is 14th in the country in free-throw shooting percentage, so the Mountaineers will need to be smart about when it fouls to avoid giving the Wildcats free points.

Guterding, with 56 total points on the season, highlights an emerging Blue Devil attack that looks risky going into ACC play. "That was the most physically demanding, mentally draining 40 minutes we've played in a long time".

Kansas enters the game coming off a nice win against a hot Clemson team. Duke's offense will look to exploit the soft spots of the Syracuse defensive unit. He did note that his team's last regular-season game was at Syracuse, a 55-52 loss, and that it had only been five weeks since a home game against Duke, a 66-57 loss. After the game, Coach K talked about playing under the pressure this game created and he said he hoped the experience would serve the team well in the Elite Eight. "They've changed and we've changed".

In an unforgettable NCAA tournament that has delivered unprecedented upsets (UMBC stole our hearts) and unbelievable last-shot drama (Loyola-Chicago has kept them beating), we finally have a main event.

That February meeting resulted in the lowest scoring output of the season for Syracuse. "They made it tough on us".

Both teams barely getting into the tournament, the stars have shown out for Cuse. The lobs, Allen said, had helped loosen the zone as much as that zone will ever loosen.

Just like Gregg Popovich, Bill Belichick and Pat Summitt, there are just some coaches that you know won't let you down.

And I want a few of the sport's best teams in every Final Four.

Despite missing four games during the season with a knee sprain, Marvin Bagley is now almost in a league of his own statistically among all freshmen to ever play for Duke.

Syracuse has received a huge postseason boost from freshman forward Oshae Brissett, who has 13 double-doubles this season.

"When the whistle keeps blowing it really takes away your aggression", he said. "He makes big plays".

  • Julie Sanders