Fair announces he will return for his senior year instead of declaring for the NBA draft.
It looks like the Syracuse basketball team won’t be losing a fourth starter to graduation and the NBA. CJ Fair decided Wednesday to stay for his senior year at Syracuse, according to SU Athletics.
“After talking it over with my family and my coaches, I decided another year at Syracuse was best for me,” said Fair. “I'm excited about working hard with my teammates to put together another great season and graduating has also been a goal of mine.”
After running through the East region, the fourth-seeded Orange face the Michigan Wolverines, who won the South region.
It’s been 10 long years since the Orange played for a spot in the championship game. But this week, Syracuse heads to Atlanta for the Final Four. In a season featuring a suspended star player, a late season swoon and a Big East tournament thrill, the Orange is ready to take on the Michigan Wolverines.
“Every time you get there its special, but there’s nothing like the first time,” head coach Jim Boeheim said.
Two similar teams face off in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
The Syracuse Orange will take on a tough opponent in the California Golden Bears in the third round of the NCAA tournament on Saturday, after being handed a 48-point victory over the Montana Grizzlies Thursday night.
The Bears (20-11, 12-6 Pacific 12) have a very similar team to the Orange. California is similarly sized, has similar records, employs a successful zone defense and has an almost identical shooting percentage. Syracuse shoots slightly better from beyond the arc, but Cal shoots marginally better from the charity stripe.
A breakdown of No. 4 Syracuse's first game in the NCAA tournament against the No.13 Montana Grizzlies.
March Madness is upon us and the Syracuse University men’s hoops team (26-9) received the No. 4 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament East region. The Orange play the No. 13 seeded University of Montana Grizzlies (25-6) Thursday in San Jose, Calif.
As far as Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is concerned, he said he thought his team jumped four lines with its performance at the Big East Tournament.
“I think the Big East Tournament had a big effect in our seeding,” Boeheim said. “Pittsburgh is a No. 8 seed and we beat Pittsburgh.”
In the final Big East tournament for No. 19 Syracuse, the Orange could not hold on to a halftime lead, eventually falling to the No. 4 Cardinals, 78-61.
The No. 4 Lousiville Cardinals (29-5) won the Big East Championship for the second straight year and third since 2009. This time, it was a 78-61 victory over No. 19 Syracuse. The Orange (26-9) came out swinging in the first half, coasting to a 35-22 lead at halftime. However, the second half was all Louisville, who outscored the Orange 56-26, including a 44-10 run.
“I thought that they were the best team in the league from the beginning of the year,” head coach Jim Boeheim said. “They proved that today.”
On the heels of a 20-point performance against Seton Hall, James Southerland scored another 20 in a 62-59 victory over No. 17 Pittsburgh
After beating Seton Hall just a day earlier, it was unclear how No. 19 Syracuse (25-8) would fare against the extremely physical No. 17 Pittsburgh Panthers. The last time the two teams met, the Orange was without James Southerland, leading to an Orange loss. But Southerland’s presence played a major role in Thursday afternoon's 62-59 victory.
Despite a horrid first half, the Orange rallied to beat Seton Hall, 75-63, and move on to play Pittsburgh.
After an incredibly slow start, Syracuse pulled out the victory over Seton Hall in the second round of the final Big East tournament.
The No. 19 Orange (24-8) won 75-63, but were down by as many as 10 in the first half, before mounting a comeback to tie the game up at halftime. The tie allowed for a reset for the second half, which turned out to be all Syracuse.