I saw an interesting stat on Syracuse during the broadcast of the game. They are number one in the country in field goal percentage. Number one. But they are 224th in free throw percentage out of 347 teams. With as important as free throws are in tournament games in March, Syracuse could be in trouble in a close game during the tourney. Their field goal percentage may overcome their lack of free throw shooting. Their defense and rebounding are usually terrific, though Louisville, which runs a zone of its own and knows how to work against it, played a great game offensively against the Orangemen's two-three zone. Syracuse fell to 28-3, 15-3, and the 'Ville moved to 20-11, 11-7. That victory got the Cardinals into the Big Dance.
The 'Cuse was 10-of-19 from the line (52.6%), and was four-of-16 from trifecta. Andy Rautins, the 'Cuse's catalyst, was 1-of-nine from the field and one-of-eight from trifecta. Louisville jacked up 40 threes sinking 12; 30%. But the story of the game was Kyle Kuric, who was taking the place of starter Jerry Smith who got hurt in the game. Kuric scored 22 points all in the second half, connecting on four-of-six threes and sinking nine-of-11 shots. He had a couple of beautiful alley-oop dunks.
Big win for the 'Ville. Gives them momentum heading into the tournament at Madison Square Garden. Looks like the Big East will have seven teams in NCAA's as Connecticut has faded. UConn's only shot is at least making it to the finals of the tourney, and there's a good chance they have to win it. It should be a classic Big East Tourney. I guess you'd say the 'Cuse is the favorite, but not by much. It's pretty bunched up at the top. I like West Virginia and Gtown to do some damage. The 'Ville may have some new life. Rick Pitino was making fun of Joe Lunardi, the bracketologist. He said there was no way the bracketologist could keep him out now.