Baye Kaita, a Syracuse reserve, went up to block a Cody Zeller shot, but left his feet too early, and Zeller ducked. Then Zeller, the All-American, shot up like a dolphin leaping out of the water, and down went Kaita. His head bounced off the court like a flat basketball.
He remained down for a few moments before leaving the game with blood on his face.
Syracuse, amazingly, leads Indiana 34-22 at halftime. It was one of the most surprising halves of the NCAA tournament. Indiana looked as if it didn’t practice playing against a 2-3 zone, and had more turnovers (11) than baskets (7).
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