Looking to watch the Syracuse-Wisconsin game, but with no TV at hand? Don't worry, we've got you covered with a few live stream options so that you don't miss the first of four Sweet 16 games on Thursday night.
The game will be broadcast on CBS at 7:15 p.m., but there is an easy way to watch the game through your favorite electronic device. All you have to do is go to CBSSports.com on your computer, phone, or tablet and click Watch Live on the Syracuse-Wisconsin game. Once you have clicked on that option you should get HD-quality video of the Badgers taking on the Orange.
Syracuse versus Wisconsin should be one of the more interesting games of the night. Many wrote the Orange off after center Fab Melo, the team's leading rebounder and shot blocker, was ruled ineligible for the entire NCAA Tournament, but the team played well in its first two games.
It was tough losing Fab, don't get me wrong, but we've got a lot of guys that work just as hard and with an opportunity can play just as well, Syracuse guard Scoop Jardine told reporters this week. For the most part we try to go out there and stay together no matter what happens and who's out on the court, and I think we've done it earlier in the year, and that's what helped us to this point. Guys had to step up, and I think we've done it.
Syracuse's length proved to be quite the issue for Kansas State in the Round of 32 and could affect the slow-playing Badgers. Scoop Jardine has played smart basketball; James Southerland has been huge off the bench adding 15 points in each game; and Rakeem Christmas has proved to be a good Melo replacement with eight points and 11 rebounds in the last game.
How Syracuse's guard-oriented offense fares against Wisconsin's man-to-man defense, which frequently gets the Badgers in low-scoring games, could be the key to the game. Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan is one of the best in the college ranks at slowing things down to a crawl to always give his team a chance against more athletic teams, which is just the case with Syracuse.
The Badgers will try to neutralize Jardine and fellow backcourt mates Brandon Triche and Dion Waiters with a smothering man-to-man defense, while hoping they are in the game late for guard Jordan Taylor to take over.
Taylor struggled a bit at the beginning of the season after many put lofty aspirations on the senior guard, but has really come on strong of late. He played extremely well in Wisconsin's opening round victory over Montana with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and most importantly, zero turnovers. He followed that strong performance with a clutch 14 points effort in a close victory over Vanderbilt.
The Badgers will need Taylor and junior forward Ryan Evans to have big games if they hope to get past Syracuse on their way to an Elite Eight appearance. They do have some history on their side though -- Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has never defeated a Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament.