Much of the pregame attention on Saturday's Syracuse-North Carolina national semifinal has focused on the scandals that have embroiled both programs, but the game itself also has some compelling storylines. A look at three keys to the upset hopes of the 10th-seeded Orange:
1. Can Syracuse force North Carolina into jump shots?
Passing the ball around the perimeter of Syracuse's trademark two-three zone is seldom the right approach to attacking it, however, that's especially true this season. Opponents are shooting only 30 percent from behind the arc against the Orange but the unusual lack of length among Syracuse's frontcourt players has made it easier to score around the rim against this team.
For North Carolina in particular, the importance of not settling for jump shots cannot be overstated. The Tar Heels' biggest weakness offensively is that they're 285th in the nation in 3-point percentage, though they've been a bit better lately as Marcus Paige has emerged from a late-seasonRead More »from Three keys to Syracuse's upset hopes against North Carolina