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Syracuse and its devastating 2-3 zone are headed to the Final Four. And for an old-school defense, it's really something else.


Syracuse's 2-3 zone in the Final Four - Grantland

Syracuse and its devastating 2-3 zone are headed to the Final Four. And for an old-school defense, it's really something else.

Former Syracuse Star Dion Waiters Gets The ‘Popcorn In The Car’ Prank | College Spun – Social. Local. Consumable. College Sports.
Cleveland Cavaliers player and former Syracuse Orange guard Dion Waiters has put together a pretty nice first season in the NBA. But he’s still a rookie, meaning that regardless of how well he plays, he’s going to get hazed.

Pitoniak: Orange men have nothing to lose

Regardless what happens, the Orange men clearly have redeemed themselves in this tournament. Anything from here on out is gravy for Jim Boeheim's 30-9 squad.

SU fans – and their pets – buying up Orange merchandise - NewsChannel 9 WSYR

"This week is pretty much going to be a blowout. Every year March Madness is crazy here. Obviously the more they win the more people are rushing in," said Canines Unleashed owner Ann Liberati.

CBS analysts: 'Incredibly skilled' Wolverines will test tough Orange 'D' | The Detroit News |

"The biggest thing with them, they're incredibly skilled," Kerr said of Michigan. "This is a team with probably four NBA players on the roster. Even though they're going into the weekend maybe the third-most talked-about team after (No. 1 overall seed) Louisville and Syracuse, they probably have the most future NBA talent, and that's pretty significant."

10 things to know about Michigan, Syracuse's opponent in the Final Four |

10. Michigan and Syracuse played four common opponents (Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Pittsburgh and Arkansas). Michigan went 3-2 against those teams; Syracuse went 4-1.

Syracuse football looking to fill holes on offensive line left by Pugh, Chibane |

"The more we can scrimmage and get close to game action, the better it’s going to be for all the players’ maturities," offensive line coach Pat Perles said. "Game experience, there’s nothing that can replace that. And we only have a couple guys that have played."

Carmelo Anthony winning bets thanks to Syracuse's run in the NCAA Tournament |

Anthony told AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney that he's making teammate Steve Novak, who went to Marquette, wear orange on the Knicks' flight to Miami on Monday as payment for their bet on the Sweet 16 game.

Syracuse men's lacrosse senior David Hamlin named Big East Defensive Player of the Week |

Hamlin led a dominant defensive performance by the Orange, tallying a career-high five caused turnovers and scooping up four ground balls in SU's victory. He covered Canisius' attack Sam Connors for most of the game and didn't allow the sophomore to get off a shot.

Doug Gottlieb in his own words on being on the air in Syracuse |

"My relationship (with Syracuse fans)? I generally think it is a lot like, it is weird it is a lot like how a lot of college basketball fans view things. At first they think, you have some problem with Boeheim, some problem with Syracuse, but the more you listen to me, fans think he is complimentary when it is deserved, he is negative when it is deserved. His opinion is his own and is not based on any pre-concieved bias. That is really what it is."

Final Four 2013 -- Final Four primer: Louisville Cardinals, Michigan Wolverines, Syracuse Orange, Wichita State Shockers - ESPN

Syracuse will win the national title because this zone is still a mystery that some of the best teams in the country haven't been able to decipher in recent weeks. That trend could continue in Atlanta.

Video: Syracuse-Michigan preview - Men's College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN

Seth Greenberg previews the Final Four matchup between Syracuse and Michigan.