WHAT HAPPENED: Syracuse went on a 12-0 run early in the second-half fueled by six Indiana turnovers to take a 45-33 advantage en route to a 69-52 win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in front of 26,414 at the Carrier Dome, claiming another victory over the Hoosiers after ending their national championship hopes in the NCAA East Regional Semifinals in March in Washington D.C.
The No. 4 Orange improved to 8-0. The Hoosiers, ranked No. 23 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, fell to 6-2.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Guard Trevor Cooney scored 21 points to lead Syracuse to a 69-52 win over Indiana at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
The Hoosiers fell to 6-2 and committed 16 critical turnovers. Tyler Ennis had 17 points for Syracuse and C.J. Fair 15. Noah Vonleh led Indiana with 17 points and Yogi Ferrell had 15.
1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana gets a second chance to beat Syracuse, the team that ended the Hoosiers’ season last year, Dustin wrote.
Yogi Ferrell might have the most to prove after the previous meeting in the position-by-position breakdown, from Dustin.
Wide receiver Cody Latimer and kicker Mitch Ewald were named second team All-Big Ten Monday, Dustin wrote.
2. IT’S INDIANA
Stopping Yogi Ferrell and Noah Vonleh is a priority for Syracuse, which hasn’t been great defensively other than turnover margin this season, Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes.
Five things to watch, including the point guard battle, between IU and Syracuse, Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard writes.
IU football already has its eyes on a bounce-back season in 2014, with the main question being the defense, Sean Morrison of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette writes.
Victor Oladipo’s homecoming game against the Washington Wizards didn’t go so well for the Orlando Magic, but his family, including his father, was in the stands, Josh Robbins of the Orlando Sentinel writes.
IU basketball recruiting target Dante Exum is reportedly heading straight to the pros, according to fellow Australian Andrew Bogut, Ronnie Lerner of sportal.com writes.
Indianapolis wide receiver Dominique Booth has decommitted from Tennessee, and IU is among the schools in the hunt, Mark Ambrogi of the Indianapolis Star writes.
Former IU basketball coach Branch McCracken is the subject of a new book, Betsy Reason of the Indianapolis Star wrote.
3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
In honor of the Hoosiers’ basketball foe tonight, “Orange Crush” by R.E.M.