By The Hair On Kris Joseph's Chinny Chin Chin: Syracuse 72, UConn 67

Syracuse is undefeated all-time when wearing their Nike Hyper Elite uniforms.  Barely.  Thank God the new unis are 70% lighter than previous ones.  If Syracuse is wearing uniforms 70% heavier, they lose.  I think. 

The Orange survived, and I mean survived UConn 72-67 on Wednesday night to improve to 24-1.  The loss drops UConn to 14-10 and puts them squarely in the sights of the NIT.

After squandering all of a 16-point, second-half lead, the Syracuse Orange pulled out of its skid for a 72-67 victory over Connecticut on Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse led 50-34 with just under 14 minutes left in the game. However, Connecticut rallied all the way back to tie the game at 65-all with two and a half minutes remaining.

A big reason the Orange squandered their lead?  Foul trouble.  Namely that of Andy Rautins.  The Orange iced the win with critical free-throw shooting, going 7-8 from the line in the closing minute.  A couple of those fouls were considered questionable by some folks.  I suppose if the opinion of that person had any credibility in the public forum, we'd consider it more strongly. 

More recap tomorrow.  In the meantime, breathe easy.  The Orange, who usually have their bad half first before getting it together, simply did the opposite tonight.  You can say they should have lost.  Or I suppose you could also say any other year, they lose that game.  But this team just keeps winning.  It's what they do.

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