Baylor Sends Home Syracuse In First Round Of NCAA TournamentPosted: Updated:
Salt Lake City - No. 9 seed Baylor dismantled No. 8 seed Syracuse's zone defense on Thursday night, sending them home with a 78-69 win over Syracuse in the first round of the tournament. Every basketball players knows when they're going up against a 2-3 zone they need to be consistently good behind the arc in order to have a winning chance. Baylor drained 16 of 34 attempts (47.1 percent) setting a list of records.The 16 3-pointers were the most Syracuse had ever given up in an NCAA Tournament game and also a season-high for Baylor.
"Offensively we were fine" said Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim. "We played as good offensively as we can play, for the most part. Defensively, that's where it hurt us. It hurt us on the defensive end."
The 16 3-pointers were just shy of the all-time record for a Syracuse opponent, which Virginia set earlier this season with 18 3-pointers.
Senior point guard Frank Howard's absence was missed offensively but it was especially missed on defense. His absence put even more pressure on Junior guard Tyus Battle who just came back from an injury and seemed to look extremely tired down the stretch.
Syracuse senior Frank Howard was declared ineligible after a violation of an athletic department policy.
"Frank's absence put a huge strain on Tyus who got no chance to rest" said Boeheim. "I think he got a little tired at the end because he has to do so much with the ball. But, offensively I thought we were fine without Frank."
Syracuse closes its season with a 20-14 record. Baylor (20-13) advances to play No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Saturday.