Coach Jim Boeheim
Team scoring 72.7(FG%: 44.7) (3-pointers: 181-575, 31.5%)
Opponent scoring 63.0 (FG%: 38.9)
Rebound margin +4.7
Team FT% 66.5
Whom not to foul
Damone Brown (75%), Jason Hart (74%)
Whom to foul
Etan Thomas (58%), Tony Bland (60%)
Indiana 76-63, at Villanova 74-52, at UConn 59-42
The Orange won't have to worry about that two-in-a-row thing. Syracuse will fall to Oklahoma State in the first round.
9 Oklahoma State
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The Cowboys won six of their last seven games to make it all the way to the Big 12 title game thanks largely to guard Adrian Peterson, who can make threes (39.5%) and score off screens or off penetration. He led the Big 12 in scoring, with a 18.1 average.
Oklahoma State has come together since midseason, when frustrated coach Eddie Sutton publicly asked whether he should retire. Since this is a Sutton-coached team, you know the Cowboys play a man-to-man defense that will clean out an opponent's belly-button lint. With a three-guard offense, they pass well (assists on 68% of their field goals, and point man Doug Gottlieb led the nation with 8.6 a game), but they can be beaten on the boards by a team with size. Keep in mind, though, that Oklahoma State is 6-0 in the first round under Sutton.
Coach Eddie Sutton
Team scoring 71.5 (FG%: 44.1) (3-pointers: 216-605, 35.7%)
Opponent scoring 62.6 (FG%: 41.9)
Rebound margin -0.1
Team FT% 70.0