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IU's path to Sweet success

     Indiana vs. Syracuse.  East Regional, Sweet 16 at Washington, DC.  A rematch of a scintillating title game between the two in 1987.  People remember Keith Smart winning it in the last second, but how many remember Indiana trailed by four with around a minute to go?  Rather reminiscent of this year, don't you think? 
     Here's the question... does Indiana have any more rabbits left?  Michigan State in East Lansing... Michigan in Ann Arbor... a late rally against a Temple team that actually was a great dress rehearsal for Syracuse... all magical escapes where Indiana took advantage of opportunity, and found a way to win.  Exactly like 1987-- a freshman Derrick Coleman misses a free throw late, and Indians wins the title-- their last national title, to be exact. 
      Don't think Jim Boeheim has forgotten it, either.  Revenge is a great motivator-- and don't think Boeheim hasn't brought up 1987 to his players.  Mind you, all these kids playing weren't born when that game happened-- which makes Boeheim's longevity all the more remarkable. 
       This is the 26th year since Indiana got Smart.  Can Indiana taste "Sweet" success against Boeheim's Orange?  Yes... with some "if's"...

-- IF Indiana can get its outside shooting together.  The Hoosiers looked awful from 3 range against Temple.  The key man here?  Jordy Hulls.  He HAS to regain his mid-season form if Indiana is to win tonight.  I think Indiana has to shoot at least 40 percent from 3 range tonight...

-- IF Indiana can get its transition game going of misses.  Don't think Boeheim doesn't know about Indiana's speed, and will find a way to counter it.

-- IF Indiana doesn't give up a slew of offensive rebounds.  I lost count of the second-chance opportunities Temple had against the Hoosiers.

and finally....

-- IF Indiana can go into Big East territory and pull it out.  They won over A-10 member Temple on an A-10 floor; now they have to beat Syracuse on a Big East floor.  The floor inhabitant?  Georgetown-- whom Indiana defeated themselves on a neutral Big East area floor-- at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. 

      Can Indiana get themselves to the Elite 8 for the first time since 2002?  They CAN-- IF they channel their inner toughness.  They made the Sweet 16 and played a great game agaisnt Kentucky a year ago... now it's time for them to do it again.  Here's to hoping for Sweet success tonight....

                                                                  That's my take... I'm Tom Lee.

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Locations : Ann ArborGeorgetownIndianaKentuckyMichiganSyracuseWashington, Dc
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03/28/2013 7:35AM
IU's path to Sweet success
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