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Syracuse vs. Wisconsin: A Contrast of Styles

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Wisconsin and Syracuse have played only twice in their long basketball histories, and the Badgers’ victory came in 1927. The score was 31-24. Sounds like Bo Ryan’s kind of game.

Fourth-seeded Wisconsin enters its East Region semifinal Thursday night against Syracuse, the No. 1 seed, with the stingy defense that has been the trademark of Ryan’s teams. Unlike Syracuse, which plays a 2-3 zone, the Badgers have had great success with their tough man-to-man defense.

The matchup presents a contrast in styles at both ends of the floor. Wisconsin allowed an N.C.A.A.-low 52.9 points a game during the regular season and has allowed an average of 53 in victories against Montana and Vanderbilt in the N.C.A.A. tournament.

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