Syracuse Daily Links - C.J. Fair's Dunk Up For Play Of The Year

LOUISVILLE, KY - FEBRUARY 13: C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange shoots the ball while defended by Gorgui Dieng #10 of the Louisville Cardinals during the Big East Conference game at KFC YUM! Center on February 13, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Syracuse University Athletics - Fair Advances to Finals of GEICO Play of the Year
C.J. Fair’s monster dunk against Pittsburgh on Jan. 16, 2012 has advanced to the finals of the GEICO Play of the Year. The winner will be announced March 25 at 1:00 p.m. on CBS.

Who Deserves To Win College Basketball's Coach Of The Year? It's A Close Race - SBNation.com
This isn't your standard "best team, best players" scenario, because while just about everyone thought the Orange would be good this season, I'm not sure anyone believed they would only have one loss come mid-February. Even in a down year, a 17-1 record in the Big East is an absurd accomplishment, and that's what Syracuse is four winnable games away from doing. Boeheim is really doing it without next-level talent; Kris Joseph, Fab Melo and Dion Waiters all have NBA potential, but I have yet to see a single mock draft projecting any of them to be taken in the first round this spring.

Melo Center celebrated for LEED certification - News - The Daily Orange
LEED is the nation's premiere program for the construction, design and operation of high-performance green buildings. The center is the latest addition to SU's list of LEED-certified buildings, which include Ernie Davis Hall, the Syracuse Center of Excellence and two Near Westside "From the Ground Up" homes, according to the release.

Notre Dame's Turnaround: How Have The Irish Done It? - SBNation.com
In Notre Dame's case, however, their Jan. 21 win over No. 1 Syracuse was apparently organic enough, a product of both solid (but unspectacular) play and minimal luck (other than the simple fact that Fab Melo was suspended, of course), that it could be replicated. And there's no question that, following that huge win, their season has turned.

Your Comments: Should quarterback Ryan Nassib start for Syracuse next season? | syracuse.com
One aspect of the offense that Marrone would like to change is getting quarterback Ryan Nassib more involved in the running game. That led to a debate among some syracuse.com users about whether Nassib should be the starter for the Orange next season, and if so, if another quarterback should be worked into the rotation.

Orange::44: UConn & Louisville Postgame Reactions
The basketball gods have this thing they call "Rivalry Week." This required Syracuse to play three games in six days: two of them against top-20 teams, two of them against arguably the most hated teams from a Syracuse fan's perspective, and one of them on the road. Just how Syracuse would get through this stretch would help dictate the rest of the season.

Apologies, and no apology - Cuse Country
I am sorry that someone told Rick Pitino it would be a good idea to wear this suit

Syracuse University Athletics - Otto's Army into Semis of Naismith Student Section of the Year
By visiting www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoops, Orange fans can vote for Otto’s Army to advance to the finals. Semifinal voting is open from Feb. 13-24. Fans are allowed to vote once per day.

Syracuse University lacrosse attack unit perked up in preseason victory over Maryland | syracuse.com
Senior Collin Donahue started in Maltz’s absence and scored a goal. True freshman Kevin Rice came off the bench and scored two goals, including the game-winner with 16 seconds to play off a nice feed from Matt Pratt. Starter Tim Desko also scored a goal. The best performance of the game, though, came from senior Tommy Palasek, who quarterbacked the unit and finished with a goal and two assists.

Ready or not, here comes new-look Syracuse lacrosse team | The Juice Online
Expect junior captain JoJo Marasco to run mostly with the first-line midfield after bouncing between attack and midfield in his first two seasons. As current owner of the fabled No. 22 jersey, Marasco will be counted on for his on-field leadership, goal-scoring ability and distributor. He tied for the team lead in points last year with 41 (23 goals, 18 assists). He’ll need to be even better.

MLAX | First-midfield line works to fill departure of vaunted trio - The Daily Orange
After the Orange graduated its entire first line after last season, head coach John Desko was forced to assemble a group to replace it entering this season. It wasn't an easy task, considering last year's line consisted of All-Americans Jovan Miller, Josh Amidon and Jeremy Thompson.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Nerlens Noel Discusses Syracuse Visit
It's no secret that Syracuse is really going after Noel hard, as is everyone else involved. He's an unbelievable talent who can step in and make a difference right away. Most likely, he's a one and done type of player. Noel is going to want to play right away. So do the Orange's chances lie in the hands of Fab Melo? If he leaves, there's a gaping hole in the middle.

Kentucky Basketball: Five Teams That Could Beat the Wildcats - A Sea Of Blue
Syracuse is a deep, talented, and well-coached basketball team that can run and defend with the best of them. They have great length, shot blocking, and outstanding athleticism. They are one of two teams in America that actually matches up equally to Kentucky at every position. But Syracuse lacks consistent 3-point shooting, and remind me very much of 2010 UK. They are going to go cold sometime late in March from outside, and that's likely to be their undoing. They also rely on a zone defense, which rarely wins championships.

Shouldn’t Syracuse Be the No. 1 Overall NCAA Tournament Seed Over Kentucky? | The Big Lead
For the sake of argument, let’s bring the Ken Pom numbers into this. Ken Pom has Kentucky 2nd (Ohio State is 1st) and Syracuse is 6th. Very close. Toss in the fact that the Big East is better than the SEC this year, and I think you have to go with Syracuse as the top overall seed in the tournament.

Big East Power Rankings 2/14: Things start to sort themselves out, but not really - The UConn Blog

It seems the Big East has finally settled into a nice rhythm with four tires. The first tier, the elites, is pretty easy. It's Syracuse and only Syracuse. Yes, they've been given scares (including last night), but they've assured themselves a nice spot in the Big East tournament and it'll be a shock if they don't win the regular season title outright.

Syracuse reacts to the latest Jim Boeheim defamation suit affidavit.

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