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Wisconsin Badgers know Syracuse is still dangerous without Fab Melo | Green Bay Press Gazette |
"Personally, I don’t buy into it," UW senior Rob Wilson said on Monday. "It’s just one less player they have. They’ve still got guys who can come off the bench and contribute. They’ve still got a good athletic big guy down there in (Rakeem) Christmas."

The Badger Herald: Connections between Ryan, Boeheim extend beyond court
Syracuse’s head coach, Jim Boeheim, and Bo Ryan are no strangers off the hardwood, as the two have crossed paths numerous times in the past. Both are active members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) board for college basketball. "We both love the game and want to do stuff in the best interest of the game," Ryan said. "We have the same opinions and want to express them. I am glad Jim is on the board because he has good information and expresses it in an intelligent way. Jim likes to tell it like it is."

NCAA Tournament 2012: Scoop Jardine continuing to lead the way for Syracuse - NCAA Basketball - Sporting News
"How are No. 1 seeds supposed to play?’’ he asked, with an are-you-serious smirk on his face. "We won. We won the game. It don’t matter. It don’t matter if we played good or bad. We won and advanced. That’s what this tournament is about."

Wisconsin coach says Syracuse has 'a lot of different weapons' | Democrat and Chronicle |
"They've got so many talented players," Ryan said simply on Monday, as he contemplated facing the top-seeded Orange in the East semifinals of the NCAA tournament. "They're just good. They have a lot of different weapons and they do have depth."

MBB | Getting to know Wisconsin - Sports - The Daily Orange
Wisconsin is led by point guard Jordan Taylor, who averages a team-high 14.7 points and four assists per game. The All-Big Ten point guard has scored 15.5 points per game in UW’s first two tournament contests against 13th-seeded Montana and Vanderbilt. The Badgers have three starters who average five or more rebounds per game. Ryan Evans, a 6-foot-6 forward, leads the team with 6.8 boards per game. Junior center Jared Berggren, who is 6 feet 10 inches, patrols the paint and blocks about two shots per game.

In the N.C.A.A. Tournament, It’s Kentucky and a Pack of 15 -
The field in the men’s basketball tournament has evolved to the point where it would be surprising if Kentucky did not win the national title.

Football taken from Ernie Davis' gravesite found | Democrat and Chronicle |
"They were visiting the grave and decided to walk around the cemetery like they normally do, and they spotted the ball under a bush about 50 yards from where Ernie Davis is buried," he said. "They found it Saturday and left it on my porch, which is where I found it when I returned home Saturday afternoon."

Vote: Coolest name in NCAA tourney - SportsNation - ESPN
Vite for one-seed Scoop Jardine and two-seed Rakeem Christmas.

NCAA Tournament 2012: Why the Key to a 'Cuse Run Is Not the Big Men | Bleacher Report
The Orange's outside shooting presence needs to continue to impress as Syracuse moves forward. James Southerland is leading the charge by being the Orange's main three-point specialist, but surprisingly the only.

MBB | Beasts of the East: A look at the 4 teams vying to advance from Boston to New Orleans - Sports - The Daily Orange
What Syracuse needs to do to win: Win the tempo game. Wisconsin has the least amount of possessions per game among Division-I teams. The Badgers also have the second-least amount of turnovers per game. Syracuse has to speed the game up and take Wisconsin out of its comfort zone in the half court. The Orange’s ability to turn Kansas State over 14 times helped it get out in front.

STAFF | Ross earns 400th career win as Syracuse softball sweeps 4 games on weekend - Sports - The Daily Orange
With a 2-0 win over Jacksonville on Friday, Syracuse coach Leigh Ross earned her 400th career win early in the FAU Parents' Weekend Tournament. Ross’ win total continued to climb throughout the weekend, as Syracuse won four consecutive games to win the tournament title.

Mark Ennis (3/19)
Ty and Dan talk with Mark Ennis from about the state of the Big East, Pitt’s coaching carousel, UConn’s free fall, the addition of Temple, and more.

Six bold Sweet 16 predictions - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Jordan Taylor hits a big shot to beat Syracuse -- Hard to peg this one. Both teams like to dictate the tempo. Wisconsin will work the shot clock and try to slow the game down. Syracuse is one of the best transition teams in the country. They force turnovers with that stubborn, lengthy zone and they run. It’s a great contrast in styles by two programs who’ve found ways to force teams to play at their preferred pace. This will be a tug-of-war. A battle for 40 minutes. And at the end of the day, it’s going to come down to crucial plays in the final minutes because I expect a tight game.

Syracuse freshman feels growing pains - Sports - The Boston Globe
"It definitely is humbling,’’ Carter-Williams said. "Last year, I was at almost like the top of the top. Now, I’m almost at the bottom of the bench. It’s just humbling to know that I’ve got a lot of work to do. I’ve just got to go out there and work every day. It is a process.’’

How sweet is the Sweet 16? Depends on who you ask -- NCAA tournament - ESPN
After his team had dispatched of Kansas State, Jim Boeheim met with a small group of reporters in a hallway at the Consol Energy Center. Eventually a manager came by to tell the Syracuse coach that he had to go. The bus was waiting. Boeheim turned to leave, then stopped to add one more thought. "By the way, it still matters,'' he said. "Getting to the Sweet 16.''

Syracuse University lacrosse team's offensive production is down a goal a game this season |
"There are so many more opportunities for the other team and fewer for us," coach John Desko said following Saturday’s 11-7 loss at Johns Hopkins, referring to the ailing faceoff performance. "We’re going to have to be very efficient offensively . . . maybe even play like some other teams as far as working for good shots and holding the ball to rest our defense. But we’re just going to keep plugging at it."

Alternate NCAA Tournament 2012: Who do you love to hate more, Michigan or Syracuse? - The Early Lead - The Washington Post
The final matchup of the first round pits Michigan against Syracuse. Check out the breakdown and vote for your (least) favorite.

Syracuse struggling to find elite form | The Juice Online
We knew coming into the season there would be some growing pains as the team tried to recover from losing seven All-America seniors. No team, not even the reload-and-rebuild Orange, can lose that much talent and experience without some bumps and bruises. So, what’s plaguing this group one-third of the way through the season? Too many things.

Eye on the ball: March madness drives Orange supporters to new feats of fandom - Feature - The Daily Orange
March Madness brings out the best and worst of college basketball fans. They make, bet on and anguish over brackets. The lucky pack arenas to cheer on the Orange in person. Here’s four ways that some Syracuse University fans spent their opening weekend of the Big Dance.

Mike Lindsley would rather see Cincinnati than Ohio State in the Elite 8: