C.J. Fair put up some like he hadn’t in a while, and the Orange finished with offensive statistics that Wisconsin just doesn’t allow in a 64-63 victory in the East Regional semifinals Thursday night that wasn’t secure until the final buzzer.
“Offensively, we played very, very well and we had to play very, very well,” Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said.
Fair finished with 15 points — five fewer than he had in the past six games combined — on 7 of 9 shooting. The Orange scored 11 more than the Badgers allowed on average in leading Division I.
Syracuse shot 55 percent from the field, well above the 38.5 percent Wisconsin gave up this season, and the Orange were 5 of 9 from 3-point range, much better than the 28.8 percent the Badgers allowed.
All those numbers mean the Orange (34-2) will play Ohio State in the regional final Saturday with a trip to New Orleans at stake.
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