Syracuse 87, Gonzaga 65
Gonzaga was trying to become the second West Coast Conference team to upset a Big East opponent in two days. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, that didn't happen. And it wasn't even close. Syracuse completely dominated the entire game at both ends of the floor. Like fellow one seed Kentucky, the Orange are peeking at the right time as they work their way towards the championship game.
All of the talk coming into this game was how Syracuse would fare without its big man Arinze Onuaku. Without the senior center, 'Cuse uses a six man rotation with a big hole down low. Syracuse's lack of depth and a post presence without Onuaku was exposed in the second half of their loss to Georgetown, but not today. No Onuaku? No problem.
Wes Johnson is a stud
Johnson is back to playing like the superstar he was in the beginning of the season. He scored a career-high 31 points and grabbed 14 rebounds against the Bulldogs. When he plays like he did today, Syracuse is nearly impossible to defeat.
Orange Firing On All Cylinders
Wes Johnson's 31 points was a game high but he wasn't the only one lighting it up on Gonzaga's defense. Andy Rautins went 5-9 from deep and scored 24 points, while freshman Brandon Triche scored 13 to spark the Orange. On the opposite end, Syracuse's treacherous zone defense held Matt Bouldin to 8 points and forced Gonzaga into shooting three pointers. The 'Zags never really found a rhythm and shot a dismal 3-21 from the behind the arc.
Leo Rautins is always on TV
I really thought we could see an upset in this one. Boy, was I wrong. The Bulldogs return home to the west coast where they'll be unheard of until next March when we all question how far they are capable of going in the 2011 NCAA tournament. See you then, Zags.