The No. 4 Syracuse Orange are advancing to the Final Four after defeating the No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles 55-39 in the East Regional final at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.
The Orange completely neutralized the Golden Eagles offensively, holding Marquette to 23 percent shooting from the field and 13 percent from behind the arc. This allowed Syracuse to win handily despite only shooting 38 percent from the floor themselves.
James Southerland led the Orange in scoring with 16 points, while C.J. Fair added 13 points, playing the entire 40 minutes in the game. Michael Carter-Williams filled the stat-sheet with an impressive all-around performance with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and five steals. Vander Blue and Davante Gardner each scored 14 points in the losing effort for Marquette.
Syracuse will face the winner of the South Regional final, which features the No. 3 Florida Gators and the No. 4 Michigan Wolverines. The Final Four starts on Saturday, April 6 in Atlanta, GA.
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