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Syracuse-Kansas State matchup

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MATCHUP

No. 1 Syracuse (32-2) vs. No. 8 Kansas State (22-10)

12:15 p.m., CBS

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider (sideline)

Tournament history: Syracuse defeated Kansas State, 95-87, in overtime in the 1975 East Regional Final to reach its first Final Four.

ABOUT SYRACUSE

Last game: Defeated No. 16 UNC Asheville, 72-65

Coach: Jim Boeheim, 36th season (46-27 NCAA Tournament)

Shining star: James Southerland came off the bench to score a game-high 15 points, 13 coming in the second half. He also tied for the team lead with eight rebounds.

Question mark: Starters Scoop Jardine and Kris Joseph combined for only two points in the first half, one reason that Syracuse trailed by four points at halftime.

On the line: Jardine, a 49 percent free-throw shooter, went 4 of 4 in the second half against Asheville.

Stat watch: Syracuse is trying to reach the Sweet 16 for the 17th time in 35 tournament appearances.

Coach speak:  “He can shoot it. He can drive. He’s a terrific player, he really is. Tremendous player. Those kind of guys are always difficult to play against.” – Boeheim, on K-State guard Rodney McGruder.

Starting five

No.         Name    Ht. Pos.                Ppg.

05           C.J. Fair 6-8 F      8.5

32           Kris Joseph         6-7 F      13.8

25           Rakeem Christmas          6-9 C      2.6

11           Scoop Jardine    6-2 G     8.4

20           Brandon Triche 6-4 G     9.3

ABOUT KANSAS STATE

Last game: Defeated No. 9 Southern Mississippi, 70-64

Coach: Frank Martin, fifth season (6-3 NCAA Tournament)

Shining star: Guard Rodney McGruder shot 11 of 16 from the field and scored a game-high 30 points, accounting for nearly 43 percent of his team’s scoring.

Question mark: Scoring depth could be an issue. Kansas State got only nine points from its reserves.

On the line: Jordan Henriquez, a 56 percent foul shooter, went 9 of 10 against Southern Miss.

Stat watch: The Wildcats are 2-1 against No. 1 seeds, but haven’t faced one since 1988.

Coach speak: “I’m tired of watching Syracuse. It’s been a long night, but that’s our job.” — Martin, on scouting the top-seeded Orange.

Starting five

No.         Name    Ht. Pos.                Ppg.

21           Jordan Henriquez            6-11 F    7.4         

32           Jamar Samuels  6-7 F      10.0

13           Angel Rodriguez               5-11 G   8.2

22           Rodney McGruder          6-4 G     15.9

55           Will Spradling     6-2 G     9.3

– By Joe Rutter

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