Tim Welsh: Syracuse will play Louisville in the NCAA Finals

SNY/ESPN college basketball analyst Tim Welsh calls in to talk about Syracuse’s remarkable turnaround and give a preview of the Final Four. Follow Coach Welsh on Twitter.

Here are some highlights from the interview:

TJO.: Tim, what’s been the biggest difference since Syracuse lost to Georgetown to finish the regular season? Has it been the offensive improvement?

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Welsh: Syracuse will play Louisville in the Finals

TW: There’s no question about it, they’ve got their offense in rhythm. Their defense has been very, very good all year long but their defense has taken another step forward because of their offense. Their offensive improvement with better ball movement, better playment movement and a little more patience and Michael Carter-Williams not turning it over as much, making that extra pass on the offensive end, that’s helped their defense. They’re been more solid offensively. They were dreadful for a while, but now they’re back. Their defense right now is as good as any I’ve seen in a long time.

TJO: What do you see happening in the Final Four?

TW: It’s going to be a tremendous weekend. All the teams deserve to be there. It’s been a great tournament as well. The cream rose to the top and you’re going to see a great weekend. All four teams can score. Great, tough defense. Any of the four teams could win the tournament this weekend. But I look to see an All Big East final on Monday night. I look to see Jim Boeheim and Rick Pitino battling for the fourth time this season. Old friends. The old Syracuse staff. Monday night for the national championship. That would be fun.

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Rundown:

1. Intro
2. Former Providence coach and current SNY Analyst Tim Welsh calls in
3. What’s the difference in the Orange since Georgetown?
4. Is this the best version of The Zone that you have seen?
5. How does Syracuse attack Michigan?
6. How does Michigan guard Cuse?
7. Prediction
8. The Juice Online Senior Columnist Nate Federman calls in
9. Syracuse / Michigan Match Up
10. Michigan and Indiana Big 10 comp
11. Prediction
12. Closing Thoughts and Wrap Up

» Related: A look at the Sweet 16 with Indy Star’s Terry Hutchens

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About Wes Cheng

Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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