Syracuse Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Syracuse Orange

ACC (20-13, 10-8)

Syracuse has not had a great season; at least by their standards. However, Coach Jim Boeheim has a history of sneaking into the NCAA Tournament and doing a lot of damage once they get there. Last year the Orange had to play in the First Four, but still managed to reach the Sweet Sixteen. In 2016 the tenth seeded Syracuse squad reached the Final Four. This year they could see similar success.
Big Wins: 1/9 Clemson (61-53), 1/14 at Duke (95-91), 2/20 Louisville (69-49)
Bad Losses: 11/15 vs Connecticut (76-83), 12/15 Old Dominion (62-68), 1/12 Georgia Tech (59-73)
Coach: Jim Boeheim
Why They Can Surprise:
The Syracuse zone defense is tough to prepare for in such a short period of time and that is why the Orange keep making deep tournament runs. That is the case again this year. The opposition shoots just 39.5 percent from the floor and much of the time they are lucky to even get a shot off. The big, lanky Syracuse team forces nearly 16 turnovers and 4.8 blocked shots per game. Tyus Battle, Elijah Hughes and Oshae Brissett are the best scorers on the team and do plenty of work on the defensive end too. Frank Howard leads the team in steals, while Paschal Chukwu is the most dominating force in the paint.
Why They Can Disappoint:
When Syracuse is knocking down shots, they are difficult to beat. As is always the case with Syracuse, it comes down to their ability to create turnovers versus their inability to rebound and shoot consistently. Hughes is the team’s most prolific outside shooter, but the team as a whole connects on just 33.0 percent of their attempts from long range. Even with their shutdown defense, it will take a better team effort than that to reach the Sweet Sixteen or beyond.
Probable Starters:
Frank Howard, Senior, Guard, 8.9 ppg, 2.9 apg
Tyus Battle, Junior, Guard, 17.2 ppg, 2.5 apg, 3.3 rpg
Elijah Hughes, Junior, Forward, 13.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg
Oshae Brissett, Sophomore, Forward, 12.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Paschal Chukwu, Senior, Center, 4.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Key Role Players:
Marek Dolezaj, Sophomore, Forward, 4.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg
Buddy Boeheim, Freshman, Guard, 6.9 ppg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 69.5 (261st in nation, 11th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 65.3 (38, 4)
Field-Goal Percentage: 42.2 (285, 12)
Field-Goal Defense: 39.5 (15, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.8 (168, 8)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.3 (289, 10)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.3 (261, 15)
Rebound Margin: -2.2 (271, 12)
Assists Per Game: 12.1 (275, 13)
Turnovers Per Game: 12.3 (100, 5)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAAOpening Round win over Arizona State
2018NCAARound of 64 win over TCU
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Michigan State
2018NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Duke
2017NITFirst Round win over North Carolina-Greensboro
2017NITSecond Round loss to Mississippi
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Dayton
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Middle Tennessee State
2016NCAARegional Semifinal win over Gonzaga
2016NCAARegional Final win over Virginia
2016NCAANational Semifinal loss to North Carolina
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Western Michigan
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Dayton
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Montana
2013NCAARound of 32 win over California
2013NCAARegional Semifinal win over Indiana
2013NCAARegional Final win over Marquette
2013NCAANational Semifinal loss to Michigan
2012NCAARound of 64 win over UNC Asheville
2012NCAARound of 32 win over Kansas State
2012NCAARegional Semifinal win over Wisconsin
2012NCAARegional Final loss to Ohio State
2011NCAARound of 64 win over Indiana State
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to Marquette
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Vermont
2010NCAARound of 32 win over Gonzaga
2010NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Butler
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Stephen F Austin
2009NCAARound of 32 win over Arizona State
2009NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Oklahoma
2008NITFirst Round win over Robert Morris
2008NITSecond Round win over Maryland
2008NITQuarterfinal loss to Massachusetts
2007NITFirst Round win over South Alabama
2007NITSecond Round win over San Diego State
2007NITQuarterfinal loss to Clemson
*all team stats through 3/10