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Top-seeded Syracuse's deep bench an NCAA savior

Published: Monday, Aug. 31 2015 5:21 a.m. MDT

Kansas State's Jordan Henriquez, center, loses the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, and James Southerland (43) defend in the second half of an NCAA men's tournament third-round college basketball game Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh. Syracuse won 75-59.  (Keith Srakocic, Associated Press) Kansas State's Jordan Henriquez, center, loses the ball as Syracuse's C.J. Fair, left, and James Southerland (43) defend in the second half of an NCAA men's tournament third-round college basketball game Saturday, March 17, 2012 in Pittsburgh. Syracuse won 75-59. (Keith Srakocic, Associated Press)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When fourth-seeded Wisconsin meets top-seeded Syracuse in the semifinals of the East Regional in Boston on Thursday, the Badgers (26-9) will face a team that relies heavily on its bench.

Syracuse (33-2) has six players averaging at least 22.5 minutes and 10 averaging at least 10.3. In its two tournament games, the Orange's bulging bench, led by 6-foot-4 sophomore guard Dion Waiters and 6-8 junior forward James Southerland, has outscored opposing reserves, 61-16.

Southerland was 5 of 6 from the field in the second half in Saturday's win over Kansas State, while Waiters was 5 of 9. Each has scored 30 in two tournament games.

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