"There’s no feeling like winning the national championship," he declared … and, of course, he did just that back in 2003. "It’s everything you could ever hope for. It’s the pinnacle. To be the last man standing, the last team standing, says a lot. There’s nothing like the ultimate high of winning a national championship.
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Dauster was quick to add that when taken in context, Triche's comments weren't as bad as they might sound, but they still aren't words Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim wants to hear with barely 24 hours left before tip-off on Saturday. That's especially true of a talented opponent in Michigan, which has scored at least 71 points in all four NCAA Tournament wins so far, and won their regional final against Florida by 20 points last Saturday.
Murray led a balanced attack for Syracuse (6-3, 2-0) as seven different players found the back of the net. She tied her season high with five goals to go along with two assists. Freshman Kayla Treanor also tied her season high in points (6) and goals (5), while senior Michelle Tumolo had a team-high three assists to go along with one goal.
"I think I can try to take him to the basket and get on the block a little bit," Carter-Williams said. "You know, I’m a lot taller than him. … They do play man-to-man, so we just want to exploit some matchups. I think we have a lot of size against them, so maybe we can create some mismatches. Just go hard and just be aggressive."
"For a team that probably had the least chance to be a Final Four team and we get there,’’ Triche said. "I just think it’s been an incredible experience.’’
"I don't like to take credit, but I was the lead (recruiter) for a lot of those guys," Murphy said. "I communicate with Coach Boeheim throughout the year. He's my mentor. He entrusted me to help build it.
"Going to the NBA, you got to be ready. There's no time to get ready," Fair said in Washington, where fourth-seeded Syracuse (30-9) beat the top-seeded Hoosiers in the regional semifinals, 61-50, and the third-seeded Golden Eagles, 55-39, in the final last Saturday. "It's a business as well, so teams are not going to just pick you because they like you. You've got to prove yourself."
"What we saw from Syracuse University, we saw a team that employed a zone defense that scratched and clawed and trapped [opponents] in the corners and did everything they could to bottle up the opposition," Earnest said.
"He has this innate spirit about him, and he's always had that. He makes friends very quickly, he's just really easygoing," said Christmas' aunt, Amira Shiraz. "I think people can sense that type of energy."
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