These opposites make for an attractive pair in the Final Four.
Earning a trip to Atlanta after confounding No. 3 Marquette and No. 1 Indiana with its 2-3 zone defense in the East Region, Syracuse will now tangle with one of the most dynamic offenses in the nation: The Michigan Wolverines.
With point guard Trey Burke leading a Maize attack that also includes Tim Hardaway Jr., Glen Robinson III and Mitch McGary, Syracuse's vaunted zone will face arguably its stiffest test yet. In the Elite Eight, No. 3 Florida had no answers for the Wolverines playmakers. Perhaps most worryingly for the Orange, Nik Stauskas was 6-6 from the three-point range. Will the Wolverines bust the zone?
Take a look at these capsule glances at the teams' 2012-2013 seasons and let us know who you predict will survive and advance.
Regular Season Record: 26-7
Conference Record: 12-6 (Big Ten)
Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Wisconsin in semifinals
Top Players: Trey Burke (Guard), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Guard)
Top 25 Wins: NC State (#18), Minnesota (#9), Ohio State (#10), Michigan State (#9)
Worst Losses: Michigan State (75-52), Penn State (84-78)
RPI Ranking: 17
Regular Season Record: 26-9
Conference Record: 11-7 (Big East)
Conference Tournament Results: Lost to Louisville in final
Top Players: C.J. Fair (Forward), James Southerland (Forward)
Top 25 Wins: San Diego State (#20), Louisville (#1), Cincinnati (#21), Notre Dame (#25), Pittsburgh (#17)
Worst Losses: Georgetown (61-39)
RPI Ranking: 13