TCU Falls To Syracuse In First Round Game Of NCAA Tournament

TCU Falls To Syracuse In First Round Game Of NCAA Tournament

TCU Falls To Syracuse In First Round Game Of NCAA Tournament

Prior to Friday night's highly anticipated matchup between the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs and No. 11 Syracuse, many were quick to dismiss the Orange's chances of making the round of 32 and called their magical 2016 Final Four run a fluke.

The last time Syracuse made the NCAA Tournament as a bubble team, it got hot and put together a Final Four run, so do not doubt Jim Boeheim. It was the second game in three days for the Orange.

The Spartans are a big favorite to win many brackets, especially with Virginia and Arizona off the board.

The team itself has had major success since Coach Jamie Dixon took over. It was his fifth loss in his last six NCAA Tournament games.

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Dixon said part of TCU's problems in the last four games could be attributed to good defense.

"As I told them (in the locker room), this must be part of the process to play in the NCAA Tournament and not playing to your level, " Dixon said.

Howard and Tyus Battle (15 points) played all 40 minutes and Brissett played 37, par for the course. The Horned Frogs shot 39.6 percent from the floor and were just 3 of 17 (17.6 percent) from behind the 3-point line.

Syracuse's strongest suit is its free-throw shooting, though you wouldn't have known that from watching on Wednesday. It shot 35 percent from the field and missed all eight of its 3-point attempts in the second half.

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Dolezaj had 13 points in the first half to lead the Orangemen. That will have to change against a very efficient TCU team.

Dixon also talked about the second-half shooting woes. Many of his Pittsburgh teams excelled in those areas, and his TCU team this season does as well.

Vladimir Brodziansky, a 6-11 senior, leads the Horned Frogs with a 15.1 scoring average and 6-7 forward Kenrich Williams is averaging 13.1 points, a team-high 9.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists.

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Can it grind out one more win and get to the Sweet 16? But Dixon has proven that he can go up against Boeheim and win like few others can, and his team stacks up well with the challenge that Syracuse brings to the table.

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