Orange and Tar Heels Final Four Match Up – Doug’s Sports Rap
March Madness heads to Houston Texas Saturday night with the Final Four teams competing for the national championship, in that group is the Syracuse Orange.
Jim Boeheim's team struggled all year with some highs and lows that included losing 4 out of their last 5 regular season games.
Many were shocked when Syracuse was given a spot in the NCAA tournament as the number 10 seed in the east bracket.
The Orange defeated Dayton in the first game, then went on to win over Middle Tennessee, next they defeated Gonzaga and last weekend, they staged an incredible comeback from a 14 point deficit and defeated the Virginia Cavaliers.
I know some will say Syracuse shouldn't have been given a spot in the tournament, but look at the excitement they have brought this years competition.
Saturday night they will meet their ACC foes the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Final Four.
The Orange have shut down their competition allowing an average of about 56 points a game
While North Carolina has been scoring an average of 89 points in the tournament.
This should be a great match up and the keys to the game will be relatively simple to break down.
Syracuse must stop North Carolina from scoring in the paint they have averaged 40 points a game through the bracket, and they have had only 8 shots blocked, this team is going to try and run with the ball so Cuse needs to slow down the pace with their defense and make it a half court game
The Orange need some big scoring from Malachi Richardson, and some big game plays from Tyler Lydon who has blocked 18 shots in the tourney.
The Tar Heels have Brice Johnson who has been almost un-guardable through the tournament and the sixth man of the year Isaiah Hicks, if Syracuse can slow them down they'll have a good chance to win this game.
The other game on Saturday is Villanova against Oklahoma.
The Wildcats just beat number seed Kansas last weekend, but lets not forget that Oklahoma blew out Villanova back in December 78-55.
Saturday night college basketball fans all over the nation will watch four teams compete for the rights to go to the biggest game of the year