Syracuse’s defense too much for No. 1 Indiana in East Regional 

click to enlarge Syracuse guard Brandon Triche (20) elevates toward the basket as Indiana forwards Will Sheehey (0) and Cody Zeller (40) watch during the second half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament. - PABLO MARTINEZ MONSIVAIS/AP
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  • Syracuse guard Brandon Triche (20) elevates toward the basket as Indiana forwards Will Sheehey (0) and Cody Zeller (40) watch during the second half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA Tournament.

WASHINGTON — It took winning a national title for Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim to get over a late-shot loss to Indiana the last time the schools faced off in the NCAA Tournament.

This meeting, 26 years later, was never close enough to come down to the final seconds, thanks mostly to Boeheim’s trademark 2-3 zone defense. Now he has the Orange one victory from getting back to the Final Four.

Limiting Indiana to its lowest output of the season while forcing 19 turnovers and compiling 10 blocks, fourth-seeded Syracuse used Michael Carter-Williams’ 24 points to upset the No. 1 seed Hoosiers 61-50 Thursday night to reach the East Regional final.

After getting past preseason No. 1 Indiana, Syracuse (29-9) will face No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night in an all-Big East Conference matchup for a berth in the Final Four. Boeheim and the Orange haven’t been to the Final Four since Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 title.

Marquette 71, Miami 61

Jamil Wilson scored 16 points, Vander Blue and Davante Gardner had 14 apiece, and Marquette advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2003. The third-seeded Golden Eagles took a double-digit lead in the first half and never relinquished it, quite the contrast from their nail-biters earlier in the NCAA Tournament. They shot 54 percent from the field and held the Hurricanes to 35 percent. Miami missed 18 of 26 3-point attempts.

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Ohio State 73, Arizona 70
LOS ANGELES — LaQuinton Ross hit the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 2 seconds to play, and Ohio State advanced to the brink of its second straight Final Four appearance with a win over Arizona. Ross, the Buckeyes’ remarkable reserve, scored 14 of his 17 points in the second half for the second-seeded Buckeyes (29-7), who rallied from an early 11-point deficit and weathered the sixth-seeded Wildcats’ late charge for their 11th consecutive victory since mid-February.
Deshaun Thomas scored 20 points for Ohio State, and Aaron Craft added 13 before ceding the Buckeyes’ final shot to Ross.
Mark Lyons’ acrobatic three-point play for the Wildcats (27-8) had tied it with 21.8 seconds left.

Wichita State 72, La Salle 58
Wichita State went from sweet to elite, beating La Salle to reach the final eight of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 32 years.
Malcolm Armstead scored 18 points, Carl Hall added 16 points and freshman Ron Baker 13 for the ninth-seeded Shockers.

Coaches headline Michigan St.-Duke

INDIANAPOLIS — Michigan State coach Tom Izzo and Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski have been teaching young men how to play basketball for decades.

Today, they demonstrated why they’re so good. They stay loose.

Instead of getting tense and out of sorts the day before the Midwest Regional’s well-hyped coaching matchup, the pair took turns praising one another’s styles, their loyalty to their schools and their teams’ penchant for limiting mistakes. Then they turned around and poked fun at themselves and their families.

It was basketball at its most polite.

“I consider him a great friend. There’s nothing about Tom that I don’t think is good. If we lose to them, believe me, I’ll hug him and shake his hand, and he’ll do the same for me. I like that,” said Krzyzewski, the NCAA Division I record-holder with 956 career wins.

There may not be a more compelling coaching duel in this year’s tournament.

In 33 seasons at Duke, Krzyzewski has gone to 11 Final Fours, the most among active coaches. Izzo’s done a pretty darn good job in his own right. He owns a school-record 439 career wins in 18 seasons at Michigan State and won his only national title in 2000, also in Indy.

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