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IU falls in Sweet 16

WASHINGTON – Indiana had no answers for Syracuse's 2-3 zone, and just as few solutions against the Orange's offense Thursday night.

The result was the No. 1 seed Hoosiers bowing out of the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 for a second year in a row, this time with a 61-50 loss to the No. 4 seed Orange.

Indiana (29-7) was eliminated in the regional semifinals last season by eventual champion Kentucky.

Syracuse (29-9) will play No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday in the East Regional finals with a chance to advance to the Final Four in Atlanta next week.

The Golden Eagles (26-8) advanced with a 71-61 win over No. 2 seed Miami (29-7) in Thursday night's first semifinal game.

The Hoosiers were baffled by the Orange's defense.

Indiana committed 18 turnovers, leading to 15 Syracuse points. The Hoosiers went 16 of 47 from the floor and 3 of 15 on three-pointers. They also struggled on free throws, going 15 for 24.

Victor Oladipo led IU with 16 points, and Christian Watford and Cody Zeller added 13 and 10.

Syracuse, which had 11 blocks and 11 steals, had few problems on offense.

The Orange went 21 of 48 from the floor and hit 4 of 10 three-pointers. Michael Carter-Williams scored 24, and Brandon Triche and C.J. Fair added 14 and 11.

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