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Pitoniak: Jardine becomes a leader
I believe the majority of Orange fans have begun to figure out that Jardine is a big reason - perhaps the biggest reason - SU is unbeaten and has been atop the national rankings for six consecutive weeks. The fifth-year senior from Philly has matured into the type of self-less leader you need in order to put together the type of special season that's unfolding beneath the Carrier Dome Teflon big top.

Poliquin: Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim catches the Baron, Adolph Rupp, on the all-time Division I wins list |
"I remember when he had the 876 wins and I had about 40," Boeheim said after watching his club repel the Panthers time and again. "And I thought to myself, ‘I’ve got to win 20 games a year for 40 years to catch him. And I can’t do that.’ I mean, come on. Adolph Rupp was a legend."

Syracuse avoids the trap | The Juice Online
Don’t look now but Syracuse actually isn’t such a bad free throw shooting team this season. They’re shooting 70-percent and if that were to hold up it would be the first time since 2000-01 that the Orange have shot 70-percent or better from the stripe. Last night, free throws were quite possibly the difference in this game. SU hit 20-of-23 and Pitt went 12-of-23. That’s an 8-point swing which ended up being the margin of victory.

Syracuse's Kris Joseph one of 25 finalists for the Wooden Award |
Senior forward Kris Joseph is the only Syracuse player on the list. Joseph is averaging 13.7 points per game and leads the Orange.

Syracuse Orange aim to maintain postseason momentum - college softball - ESPN
"This is probably the strongest team that we've had at Syracuse, and I thought instead of facing [just] Arizona and two solid teams, let's go to the toughest tournaments we can find and let's get used to that, facing those kind of teams."

All about the Big East: The Orange keep rolling - College Basketball -
Senior forward Kris Joseph is the nominal "star," but super-subs Dion Waiters (guard) and C.J. Fair (forward) are the No. 2 and 4 scorers, respectively. Fair is one of five players at least 6 feet 8 who plays important minutes, and Waiters’ emergence gives Syracuse a great three-man trio at guard with Scoop Jardine and Brandon Triche. Waiters’ 16 points led five players in double figures Monday night.

King's Court hails Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim while North Carolina Tar Heels fail - Men's College Basketball - ESPN
At 20-0, Syracuse is off to its best start in school history. And while the Orange have taken some jabs for their schedule -- they faced just one ranked nonconference team and didn't play outside of New York until Dec. 17 -- it's impossible for anyone to deny that they are deserving of their spot atop the top-25 poll.

Bracketology 2012: Ohio State Grabs Fourth No. 1 Seed, For Now -
Three of the top four seeds in this week's bracket remain the same as in last Monday's edition. Syracuse, one of two unbeatens remaining in college basketball (alongside sixth-seeded Murray State), once again heads up the field, while Baylor is now a one-loss No. 1 seed, joining Kentucky, as new No. 2 seed Kansas simply crushed the Bears in Lawrence last night.

Syracuse recruiting update: Noah Vonleh, Jaylen Brantley, Ricardo Gathers and others at the Hoophall Classic |
The top-ranked college basketball team in the country had its eyes on the events taking place at the Hoophall Classic this past weekend. Here's a recap of Syracuse recruits at Springfield College for the Hoophall Classic.

Four Syracuse University football commits named to Class AA first team |
In Class AA, Tottenville receiver Alvin Cornelius, Christian Brothers Academy offensive lineman Ben Barrett, Longwood offensive lineman Omari Palmer and Rochester East defensive lineman Pancho Barnwell all were named to the first team So was Brooklyn Erasmus Hall defensive back Wayne Morgan, a big recruiting target for the Orange this year. Morgan hasn't announced a college choice yet, but SU coaches have made him a priority recruit.

Via, Antonio Jardine Sr., father of Orange basketball senior standout Scoop Jardine, takes time out before watching his son take the court against Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome, to talk about the experience of being Scoop's Dad during his time at Syracuse University.