The last time Indiana attempted to solve Syracuse's vaunted 2-3 zone in the Sweet 16 last March, it took the Hoosiers six minutes to score their first field goal, 10 minutes to score their second and more than 18 minutes to sink their first three-pointer.
Indiana fared no better eight months later in Tuesday night's rematch.
Unable to efficiently score inside against Syracuse's long, athletic front line or to knock down shots from the perimeter with any consistency, the Hoosiers fell out of striking distance early in the second half and lost 69-52 in a Big Ten-ACC Challenge matchup. The ferocious Orange defense held Indiana to 36.6 percent shooting and 34 points shy of its season average.
Not having success against the zone had to be especially frustrating for an Indiana team motivated to avenge last March's season-ending loss. Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, Jordan Hulls and Christian Watford led the high-scoring Hoosiers to a Big Ten title and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, butRead More »from Just like last March, Indiana again has no answers for Syracuse’s zone