The Orange fade on college basketball's biggest stage, letting the chance slip away of returning Syracuse's first national championship since 2003.
Many phrases received six foot burials leading up to the Final Four:
Nobody expected Syracuse to make the Final Four.
The Syracuse 2-3 zone gives teams fits if they can’t shoot three pointers.
Jim Boeheim is retiring after this season.
The truthiness in each is debatable (except for the last one after tonight’s press conference—he is not). But one obvious point that few expected to come to light before Syracuse’s 61-56 loss to Michigan in the NCAA Championship semifinal proved to be the straw that broke the donkey’s back:
Alumni, fans and students reveled in all things Syracuse at Hudson Grille on Friday, located in the center of the Final Four weekend events.
The corner of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street Parkway brings Centennial Olympic Park, the CNN Center and the Georgia Dome together in one cohesive neighborhood that screams Atlanta. For one weekend, Syracuse owns that corner.
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.
The Orange are moving on to the Final Four. Here's a recap of the weekend's games and reactions for the fans.
A weekend full of tough defense and tougher shots culminated in Syracuse’s first Final Four berth in ten years.
After a disappointing finish to the regular season and its last Big East tournament, Syracuse looked poise to prove itself on the biggest stage: the NCAA tournament. It wasn’t an easy road for the fourth-seeded Orange, who needed to push its way through Big Ten and Big East powerhouses Indiana (29-7) and Marquette (26-9) before finally re-living the Final Four dream.
Fourth-seeded Syracuse rolled through thirteen-seeded Montana en route to an 81-34 thrashing in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
They are who we thought they were.
Montana is severely undersized, especially in comparison with Syracuse. The Orange were able to dominate the Grizzlies in every facet of the game. Be it shooting (52-percent vs. 20-percent), free throws (22 vs. 8), assists (21 vs. 5), turnovers (8 vs. 17), fouls (8 vs. 22) or overall points (81 vs. 34), Syracuse completely controlled this game, from tip to buzzer.
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.