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Friday, 20 March 2009 11:51
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 You could say Syracuse and Stephen F. Austin weren't in the zone because they were in zones.
The teams combined for a total of four 3-pointers in 37 attempts in Syracuse's 59-44 first-round victory Friday, but that should have been expected when teams that play zone defenses face each other.
Stephen F. Austin, making its first NCAA appearance, came into the game second in the nation in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 27.1 percent. The Orange, who missed the tournament the last two years, was eighth in the same category at 29.4.
Syracuse is known for its 2-3 zone, a staple for years under coach Jim Boeheim, while the Lumberjacks add a pretty good 1-3-1 to its man-to-man defense.
The Orange finished 2-for-16 from beyond the arc Friday, while Stephen F. Austin was 2-for-21, missing its first 15 attempts.
when they went zone we looked like we didn't know what we were doing,'' Boeheim said. ``That was a little disappointing. We play some zone ourselves, so we should have been a little bit better.''
Lumberjacks coach Danny Kaspar second-guessed himself after the game.
``Where I might look in the mirror and say if I had to do it again I might go to that 1-3-1 zone earlier,'' he said. ``We were so successful with our man defense all year, I didn't want to send a message to our kids that I'm going to give up on it early. But the 1-3-1 did bother them. I don't think they prepared any for it, and perhaps we should have gone to it a little sooner.''
The other end of the 3-point spectrum in the NCAA tournament was last year's first-round game between Drake and Western Kentucky when the teams combined for 30 3-pointers. Drake, which lost 101-99 in overtime, had 16 3s, which tied for fifth on the all-time list.
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FIRST-TIMERS: North Dakota State lost 84-74 to Kansas and Stephen F. Austin lost 59-44 to Syracuse, meaning the four schools making their first NCAA tournament appearances went 0-4. Morgan State and Akron both lost Thursday.
argo to Minneapolis, but they weren't enough to hand the defending champion Jayhawks a first-round loss.
``That's something that I will never forget in my entire life,'' Ben Woodside, who had 37 points for the Bison, said of taking the court at the Metrodome. ``I remember walking out there. We were doing layup lines, and I couldn't even hear my teammates who were standing right next to me it was so loud.
``You have to give the community, the Fargo fans credit. They came down, and they supported us well. You know, it's very fulfilling when you look up in the stands and all you see is green and yellow. And it definitely helped us, but it is something myself and the rest of this team I think will never forget.''
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ITCHING IVY: Cornell's 78-59 loss to Missouri on Friday extended the Ivy League's first-round losing streak to 11 years. The last Ivy team to win a game was Princeton, which beat UNLV 69-57 in 1998. This was Cornell's second straight year in the tournament; the other losses in the streak belonged to Penn (7) and Princeton (2).
Two years before the current streak started Princeton beat UCLA 43-41, the last time a defending champion lost in the first round.
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SEVEN BIDS: None of the three conferences that received seven bids made it through the first round unscathed.
n's games, the Big East was 5-1 with West Virginia the team that lost, while the Atlantic Coast Conference was 3-1 with Clemson falling. The Big Ten split its first four games with Minnesota and Illinois both going down Thursday.
 

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