The Orangemen's vaunted 2-3 zone kept the Sooners guessing all day as the Orangemen held superstar guard Hollis Price to just eight points on 3-of-17 shooting. Overall, the Sooners shot just 31 percent while hitting only 5-for-28 from 3-point land.
Meanwhile, Syracuse shot 52 percent and dominated Oklahoma on the glass, 40-28.
The Orangemen will be headed to their fourth Final Four in school history. The last time Syracuse advanced this far, it lost to Kentucky in the national championship game in 1996. Syracuse was also in the 1987 championship in New Orleans when Keith Smart's shot in the waning moments elevated Indiana over Syracuse.
Syracuse struck early, establishing Carmelo Anthony inside. The freshman scored 10 points in the first 12 minutes. The Sooners could only manage three points in the final 8:30 of the half as the Orangemen jumped to a 30-20 halftime lead.
Syracuse would never relinquish its cushion.
Oklahoma misfired going into the second half, missing its first seven shots. It then turned the ball over four times before Price scored his first points of the game to make it 38-23.
The Orangemen will face Texas, the winners of the South Regional final, next weekend.
Syracuse advances to Final Four
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