The Sweet Sixteen will be whittled down to the Elite Eight by Saturday and the Syracuse Orange will need to defeat an old enemy, the Indiana Hoosiers, in order to get there. What do we need to know before Thursday? Let's fine out.
Date: Thursday, March 28th
Time: 9:45(ish) P.M. EST
Location: Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Rachel Nichols
Records: Syracuse (28-9), Indiana (29-6)
Seeds: Syracuse (4), Indiana 1
Odds: Indiana, -5
Indiana's Last Game: Down four with three minutes left, it looked like Temple might score the upset. Then Indiana scored the game's final ten points and put no doubt that they were the better squad, winning 58-52.
Series: 3-1, Syracuse
Last Meeting: Preston Shumpert scored 19 and the Orangemen cruised to a 76-63 victory in the finals of the Maui Invitational.
Indiana This Year: The preseason No. 1 team in all the land, the Hoosiers did have two sizable stints at the top of the rankings before ending up No. 4 before the NCAAs. They won the Big Ten regular season title and were the fourth-overall team and No. 1 seed in the East when the tourney seed were announced.
Indiana Last Year: The Hoosiers finished 31-8 overall in a season highlighted by a win over No. 1 Kentucky. They made the NCAAs as a four-seed and made it to the Sweet Sixteen before Kentucky got their revenge.
Indiana Coach: Tom Crean (5th year) - Crean has rebuilt the Indiana basketball program from the ground up. A 6-25 disaster in his first season, he's put them back in the NCAAs two years in a row. You may remember Crean from his 9-year stint at Marquette. He was 0-2 against Syracuse while there.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds Of Timelords": Cody Zeller is the big fish, scoring 16.7 PPG and grabbing 8.0 RPG. However, don't forget about Victor Oladipo (13.6 PPG) and Christian Watford (12.3 PPG). In fact, the Hoosiers have five guys who average over nine points every game. They can score and they can spread it around.
Best Tourney Finish: Indiana has won the NCAA Tournament five times (1940, 1953, 1976, 1981 & 1987). You may have heard of that last one.
Fun Fact: This game will be played in Washington, D.C. That's where Georgetown is located. Georgetown lost in the first round. Fun!
Fun Fact 2: The 1987 game featured a Triche and a D. Coleman. The 2013 game will feature a Triche and a D. Coleman. That's either fun or foreboding.
Indiana Blog: The Crimson Quarry
Tweeterers Worth Following: @crimsonquarry, @indianambb