Syracuse Daily Links - Orange Tough Enough For Deep Run

MBB | Cohen: Syracuse proves it has toughness to make deep run in NCAA Tournament - Sports - The Daily Orange
Another hustle play by Fair sealed the win for the Orange. Meanwhile, Lamb stood watching roughly 28 feet from the basket, providing no help. That's the difference between a team with Final Four potential and a team staring the National Invitation Tournament dead in the face. One does anything to win at any time, the other shows up when it feels like it.

Scoop Jardine's Shooting and The Reaction - YouTube
Syracuse's senior point guard Scoop Jardine may have an off game from time to time, but the rest of the team knows how to bounce back to get a win.

With one game left, Syracuse trails Kentucky in NCAA attendance race |
Kentucky currently leads the nation in attendance, averaging 23,682 fans per game through 17 home games. Syracuse is second with 23,085 fans per game in 18 home dates.

Fizz 5: We Pick Through UConn’s Carcass, Line Up Syracuse’s Reasons to Smile : Orange Fizz
As it has done all year long, Syracuse made plays when it mattered most. Jardine, Waiters and Joseph all had huge drives. Melo nabbed the game-winning tip (see below for more on that play). Dion sealed it with an unbelievable, fully extended block. It’s not a fluke when you’ve done it all season. Jim Boeheim’s squad is 4-0 in one possession games this year. Coaching matters.

Conference Power Rankings: Big East - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
1. Syracuse: The Orange clinched the regular-season crown with a win that might have been more impressive than the other 15. Syracuse needed to stave off UConn for a victory that made up in grit what it lacked in style points.

Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams plays in front of family and friends |
Carter-Williams, who reacted angrily to a Boeheim criticism during the Connecticut home game, has acknowledged that his freshman season has been humbling. He was named to both the McDonald’s and Jordan high school all-star games. But he is learning, said Jardine, that young Orange players need to apply some patience and wait their turn.

Boston Globe columnist thinks Syracuse is the best team in college basketball |
"Who's the best team in college basketball? Now most people would say Kentucky, and there certainly is a compelling argument. But in far upstate New York they hear this and say 'Well excuse me.' Fact is, 'Cuse has lost one game and that was without 7-foot center Fab Melo. I know this much, 'nobody has more legitimate depth' says a pro scout. They may not have a top 5 knock-your-socks-off guy for us, but they are loaded with good players."

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Syracuse Recruit Ja'Quan Newton To Play In Catholic League Title Game
2014 Shooting Guard prospect Ja'Quan Newton will be playing in the Catholic League title game Monday night. Newton plays for Philadelphia's Neumann-Goretti high school which produced Syracuse stars Rick Jackson and Scoop Jardine.

Fab Melo's tip-in provides winning margin for Syracuse over Connecticut |
"The ball was coming out of the rim," Melo said, "and I just put it in. That was the play. I set a screen, C.J. tried to do the layup and I just got in position to get a rebound. That was a good play."

Nerlens Noel Talks Kentucky, Carolina & Brewster Loss |
"Kentucky was good," Noel said after scoring eight points in the loss. "It was my first time down there. I got a good feeling for the program. I sat down and talked to coach Cal and Coach Orlando [Antigua]. They told me how I’d fit into the system. We talked about blocking more shots. They just said I could come in there and do similar things to [what Davis is] doing right now and they could possibly help me reach the next level in the NBA."

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