Joseph (6-7/215) becomes Brooklyn's second NBA D-League Call-Up of the season, joining the Nets from the Springfield Armor. In 27 combined games for Springfield and Maine this season, Joseph averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.0 minutes per game. Acquired from Maine on February 11, 2013, Joseph has started 15 games for the Armor, averaging 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.7 steals in 34.1 minutes per game.
"The first time he texted me he was like, 'Sweet 16,' " Christmas said. "Then he said something like dunking on people, and I was like I try to stop doing that as much and then we started laughing. Then 'Final Four.' We've just been joking around."
Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports that the Buffalo Bills, Cleveland Browns, and Jacksonville Jaguars will be in Syracuse to work out Nassib.
"We're going to try and paint this town orange," said Ian Thompson, president of the SU Alumni Club of Atlanta and a 2001 graduate. "I have not gotten any work done the past couple of days. The excitement, I'm like so pumped right now that everyone is coming down. We're going to bring back the trophy to Central New York. I'm just here day-dreaming."
It’s a coin toss. I think Syracuse can slow down Michigan a little bit. Syracuse is a better defensive team, in a nutshell.
No. 8 SU already has wins over No. 10 St. John's, No. 11 Johns Hopkins and No. 19 Virginia. Barring a disastrous collapse, Syracuse (6-2) has positioned itself nicely for a tournament bid. The Orange knows these next two games -- Saturday at No. 7 Princeton and next Wednesday against No. 2 Cornell in the Carrier Dome -- will play a major role in its seeding when the bracket is set on May 5.
"As a junior, I know I have a big role to play. I'm the oldest we have," said Keita, whose effervescent smile can light up any room. "I knew I'd have to play big minutes in big games. I was ready for that. I just decided to pick up the energy and play hard."
"I’ve thought all year that they were the best offensive team I’ve seen this year. They have so many guys that can shoot it and pass it. They have the best point guard in the country (Trey Burke) probably and the big freshman center (Mitch McGary) is playing at a whole different level now. They were really good in the regular season and now they are at a completely different level."
Eric White joins the Syracuse football program as the director of recruiting operations. Head coach Scott Shafer hired the 2012 graduate of the University of Kansas to coordinate the program's recruiting efforts. White worked in the same role at the University of Arkansas and the University of Wisconsin.
The PFT guys run down the best QBs available in the 2013 NFL Draft, and Mike Florio declares Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib as the most NFL-ready, while Ross Tucker thinks USC’s Matt Barkley is the best QB available.
The game with Michigan is considered a coin flip, and the Orange, thanks to their familiarity with Louisville, may have a slightly better chance in a hypothetical final than Michigan. That means the Orange may have, modestly, the second best chance to win the national title this weekend, but their (and Michigan’s) chances are well lower than Louisville, which has the team playing the best and the much easier (relatively speaking) semifinal draw.
"Both jobs I recommended him highly because I thought he was a great coach and would do a great job at both places," Boeheim said. "Especially when the West Virginia athletic director called me, I told him to hang up the phone and call John Beilein back and hire him without waiting another minute because he’s a great coach and he’s won every place he’s been. He’s just a tremendous guy and a great basketball coach."
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