Syracuse Daily Links - Et Tu, Nicki Minaj?

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 05: Singer Nicki Minaj performs during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Nicki Minaj upsets Syracuse students, disses 2012 SU Block Party rumors | syracuse.com
Rapper Nicki Minaj has started a beef on Twitter -- with Syracuse University students.

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse Orange still rolling despite scandal-tainted season - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
"It’s like it’s its own little world," said senior point guard and team leader Scoop Jardine. "They do a great job of keeping us well-protected up here, in our own little community. That’s what you want."

Does Kris Joseph transcend the basketball border? | Basketball | CBC Sports
Asked after Syracuse's 58-49 win over the Cards on Senior Day -- his last game in front of 30,000-plus at the Carrier Dome -- whether he is another inspiration for the Canadian kids who want to and can play basketball at a high level, Joseph didn't mince words. "I think kids look up to me in Canada, and it just gives them hope," he said, knowing full well he's another piece in the explosion of Canuck basketball talent currently taking place.

Syracuse's Kris Joseph among 15 finalists for Wooden Award | syracuse.com
Joseph was one of three players from the Big East to make the final 15, along with Jae Crowder, of Marquette, and Kevin Jones, of West Virginia.

Syracuse University's defense was exploited by Virginia's midfield, which produced 12 goals | syracuse.com
"We have to come out and learn from it," junior close defender Brian Megill said. "Thank God it was early in the season and not later on. We’re going to get better. We’re going to progress."

NCAA Basketball Conference Tournament Predictions: SB Nation Bloggers Make Their Picks - SBNation.com
With the madness before the madness on the verge of being kicked into full gear, we asked SB Nation's elite college hoops bloggers for some expert predictions on how things are going to play out in their respective conference tournaments. As might be expected, there wasn't a whole lot of parity, with the exceptions being the Big East bloggers' fondness for Syracuse and Marquette and the folks in the Big Ten expecting an Ohio State/Indiana final.

Big East Tournament 2012 Primer: Five Days And Streaky Guards - SBNation.com
According to Ken Pomeroy's projections, the Orange have a 39.5 percent chance of winning the tournament, better than the next two most likely teams (Marquette and Georgetown) combined. It is not difficult to see why.

Big East Conference Power Rankings 3/4: And so it's come to this - The UConn Blog
Syracuse, of course, is in first, and DePaul is in last, like they have been so many times over the past few years. I actually feel sorry for DePaul. Saturday's blowout of Seton Hall might have been their best-ever Big East win but Providence managed to keep them in the basement by edging out UConn last Tuesday.

Just in case you didn't get a chance to appreciate the Big Heads in the Dome this past weekend:

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