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Syracuse Daily Links - Adversity, Resilence & Other Such Things

Mar 21, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during practice the day before the semifinals of the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at TD Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 21, 2012; Boston, MA, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim during practice the day before the semifinals of the east region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ivins-US PRESSWIRE

Syracuse still fighting in year of adversity - Sports - The Boston Globe
"Life’s about facing adversity,’’ said guard Brandon Triche. "I think we did that. I think it’s made us a better team. It’s kind of been a blessing in disguise because those things happened, it made us a really good team. "It’s almost like, ‘What’s next?’ But you can’t really think like that. You have to just think positive about every situation.

Syracuse Orange Basketball - Overcoming Adversity Makes Syracuse Stronger
If anything, the first 35 games have gone more successful than most people could have predicted, as Jim Boeheim’s squad has amassed a remarkable 33-2 record. What is more impressive than that almost flawless play is how the team has, and still is overcoming so many adversities.

Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim leads a tumultuous, successful season -- NCAA tournament - ESPN
"He's a good friend of mine, but I will tell you I have been fascinated by this," Saint Joseph's coach Phil Martelli said. "I'd read a headline and think, 'That's the one. That's going to crack him.' Not one time has that happened. I couldn't do it. Some of these blows would bring you to your knees, but not him. Maybe 5 percent of coaches could handle what he's handled."

Commentary: Jim Boeheim is the emperor at Syracuse
Syracuse is the Green Bay of college sports and his team is the Packers. With little competition from pro teams (there's minor league baseball and hockey) and Syracuse's football program not up to the par of its glorious past, college basketball is king. And Boeheim is its emperor.

The Eight Factors: Wisconsin-Syracuse - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
I say this with a heavy heart, because I was reared in upstate New York rooting for Syracuse, but the town is a complete dump. It's literally one of the most depressing American places on earth, and I'm pretty sure it's not safe, either.

Syracuse Vs. Wisconsin Odds: Trends Work Against Orange -
"They are 8-1 straight up in their past nine, but just 2-7 ATS in those games," said Mark Presley of "They are also a money-losing 2-7 ATS in their past 9 games as chalk."

Syracuse Pre-game: B5Q grills Nation of Orange - Bucky's 5th Quarter
Joining me today for a deep cut of pre-game grilling is Michael McAllister of Syracuse hoops website Nation of Orange.

Sweet 16 intrigue keeps college basketball on top perch - College Basketball News | FOX Sports on MSN
"I think we're one of the hottest teams, especially coming in with so much doubt, the way the media was doubting us, and I'm sure other teams were as well," senior forward Kris Joseph told reporters Wednesday, the day before Syracuse will take on fourth-seeded Wisconsin in Boston. "The way we've been playing, the way we've been executing, especially after our last win against Kansas State, I think we're on pace to do something real special right now."

Syracuse Orange Basketball - #1 Seed Orange Set To Battle The Badgers In Boston
The Badgers are led by their floor general and Point guard Jordan Taylor, who scores 14.7 points per game and adds 4 assists per game in nearly 36 minutes of action. The senior takes care of the ball and boasts an impressive assist to turnover ratio of 2.5 to 1. Small forward Ryan Evans and big man Jared Berggren also score in double figures and haul in 5+ rebounds per game.

Home cooking boosts Michael Carter-Williams -
While Carter-Williams was one of the top recruits in this year’s Syracuse class, a good friend is going through the same process. Nerlens Noel, a 6-10 center from Everett, now playing at the Tilton (N.H.) School, has narrowed his college choices down to Syracuse, Kentucky and Georgetown. Sources indicated the Syracuse coaching staff was to meet with the Noel family last night. "A lot of times we don’t even talk about basketball," Carter-Williams said. "I just tell him what I went through. Just don’t trust everyone and be careful."

MBB | Orange will look to push tempo against patient Badgers team - Sports - The Daily Orange
"This isn’t the first time we’ve faced a team like that, but obviously they are extremely good at (fast breaking) and extremely athletic, and they run with the best of them," Wisconsin forward Jared Berggren said. "So we are going to have to do a good job of sticking to our system, taking care of the ball, getting good shots and that’s the things that help us be successful."

MBB | Christmas finding comfort zone as Syracuse's anchor in paint - Sports - The Daily Orange
"Basically, they told me to keep doing the same thing," Christmas said. "Scoop, Kris (Joseph), telling me to keep getting rebounds, get putbacks and set screens for them. Help the team win."

Syracuse Bible study to go on despite conflict with SU basketball game |
"We’re not going to pray for them to win," he said. "We will pray that they do well and hope they do win."

Orange Scouting Report NCAA Tournament Edition: Syracuse vs. Wisconsin |
"Wisconsin is not going to turn it over, so Syracuse is going to have to score in its half-court offense. Wisconsin will play man-to-man. Can guys like Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters get past their defenders?"

Mike's Mailbox: Is Syracuse's record against Sweet 16 teams the best in the field? |
In addition to Syracuse, Kentucky and Michigan State each have six wins over teams still alive in the tournament. Kentucky’s wins came against Florida (three times), Louisville, North Carolina and Kansas. Michigan State’s wins were at the expense of Wisconsin (three times), Ohio State (twice) and Indiana.

Recipe for NCAA hoops success | Basketball | Sports | Calgary Sun
It takes a real man to wear Orange. And there will be a lot of real men in Boston. Syracuse fans travel in the east as well as any team. The Cuse’s allotment of tickets for the regional finals was sold out by Monday, less than 48 hours after being released. With Fab Melo out of the lineup, I think the Orange’s only advantage in a potential matchup against Ohio State is the fans.

An inspirational message for the Syracuse Orange as they enter the Sweet Sixteen.