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Syracuse's D, Carter-Williams beat Indiana 61-50

Friday - 3/29/2013, 3:54am  ET

Syracuse guard Griffin Hoffmann (13) blocks a shot by Indiana forward Cody Zeller (40) during the second half of an East Regional semifinal in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 28, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

HOWARD FENDRICH
AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- An hour after his team finished a dominating defensive performance to close in on the Final Four, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim stood in a hallway and talked on and on about his trademark 2-3 zone.

Proud as can be. And rightly so.

"You have to know what to do against it," Boeheim said.

Indiana most certainly did not.

Limiting the top-seeded Hoosiers to their lowest output of the season while forcing 19 turnovers and blocking 10 shots, No. 4 seed Syracuse used Michael Carter-Williams' 24 points to upset Indiana 61-50 Thursday night and reach the East Regional final.

"Our perimeter defense was tremendous," Boeheim said, his arms crossed across his purple tie, the way he stood for much of the lopsided game. "This is one of our best defensive teams ever. They play it well."

The last time these two schools faced off in the NCAA tournament, Indiana won on a late shot -- and it took winning a national title for Boeheim to get over it. This meeting, 26 years later, was never close enough to come down to the final seconds.

After getting past preseason No. 1 Indiana, Syracuse (29-9) will face No. 3 seed Marquette on Saturday night in an all-Big East matchup, assuring the soon-to-be-reconfigured conference a berth in the Final Four. Boeheim and the Orange haven't been to the national semifinals since Carmelo Anthony led them to the 2003 championship.

Marquette beat No. 2 seed Miami 71-61 in Thursday's first game in Washington.

Syracuse, which is leaving for the Atlantic Coast Conference this summer, lost at Marquette 74-71 during the Big East regular season on Feb. 25.

"We're much better when we play teams that don't know us," Boeheim said. "Marquette knows us. They know how to play against us, so it will be very difficult."

Less than a half-minute into Thursday's game, as Indiana star Victor Oladipo headed to the free-throw line, the arena's overhead scoreboard showed a replay of "The Shot," as it's come to be known -- Keith Smart's baseline jumper in the final seconds that lifted Bob Knight's Hoosiers past Boeheim's Orange in the 1987 national title game.

Boeheim said he wasn't able to put that behind him until 16 years later, when he got his title. He entered Thursday with 50 wins in the tournament, fourth-most in history, and more than 900 victories overall, with so much of that success built on his unusual zone defense, 40 minutes of a puzzle for opponents to try and solve.

Indiana (29-7), like most teams outside the Big East, isn't used to seeing that sort of thing, and it showed right from the outset. Didn't matter that Indiana ranked third in the country this season in scoring, putting up 79.5 points per game -- and never fewer than 56 -- while making 48.6 percent of its shots.

"Not too many teams are used to our zone," said Brandon Triche, who scored 14 points Thursday and whose uncle, Howard, was on Boeheim's 1987 squad. "That's what we play. Other teams that play zone, they (also) play man, they switch up defenses. But our main (thing) is zone. ... We're very long, and we're very active, and when we're active like we were today, we're hard to score on."

The Orange held Indiana to 33 percent shooting and frustrated the Hoosiers -- from the players down to the coach, Tom Crean.

"Let's face facts. We haven't seen a zone like that," Crean said. "They're very good. They're where they're at for a reason."

Cody Zeller was held to 10 points on 3-of-11 shooting. Victor Oladipo scored 16 for Indiana, none easily.

"Credit them," Oladipo said. "They did a great job with their zone. They're well-coached."

At one point early on, Crean scanned a sheet of notes, then shoved it into his navy blue suit jacket's inside pocket.

No help there.

Then, more than 5
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