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The @cuse Team also got to meet @ConanOBrien after the Knicks game!

Video: Jim Boeheim, Syracuse back in Final Four - ESPN

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim talks to Andy Katz about his team's first Final Four appearance in 10 years.

Syracuse University teammates from the 1960s will reunite at Final Four in Atlanta |

George Hicker, who played from 1965 to 1968 and is tied for 37th on SU's all-time scoring list, said he will catch the Final Four action in Atlanta this weekend with a bunch of former teammates.

Final Four 2013: Syracuse Basketball Players' Motto for the Week |

Basketball writer Donna Ditota asked Syracuse University basketball players to write down their motto for the week as they prepare for the Final Four in Atlanta.

For Syracuse players, Final Four is another stage on which to display their ... shoes? |

A recent poll of players confirmed that Brandon Triche and Rakeem Christmas have the biggest shoe habit, with Dajuan Coleman lurking as a potential contender.

Marshall Street: Where did all the bars go (and will that mean a less rowdy Final Four weekend)? |

Today, Konrad's location at 113 Marshall is a Verizon Wireless store. The brew served in the old Maggie's location now comes from local coffee roaster Cafe Kubal. Does their absence -- and an overall reduction in the number of bars in the area -- mean less chance of mayhem following the games?

Louisville coach Rick Pitino takes good-natured jab at thriftiness of Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim |

"Jim is coaching a long time because he’s extremely frugal," Pitino said. "He’s just a cheap guy that money means everything to him and he’s going to coach until he’s 90 and hoard away every penny he’s ever made."

Four facts you didn't know about each Final Four team
Carrier Dome-ination. More than 75 teams have played multiple games against Syracuse at the Carrier Dome. Only one of those teams -- Massachusetts -- has a winning record there.

Final Four Basketball Agent Selection Scenarios | Sports Agent Blog
Syracuse has two players with a decent chance of being selected in the 2013 NBA Draft: Michael Carter-Williams and James Southerland. Southerland is a senior, so whether or not he is selected in the Draft, he will not be returning to school. Carter-Williams is only a sophomore, but many scouts believe he will be a first round pick.

Sleeping with our Friends: The Wolverines of Michigan - Casual Hoya
I hate to interrupt the usual offseason flow of Casual Links and Open Threads but stupid Syracuse is playing in the Final Four and desperate times call for desperate measures. To quote the great Lewis Skolnick in Revenge of the Nerds 2: Nerds in Paradise, "there's something I've gotta do about it", and we're here today with a very special edition of Sleeping with the Enemy. Here with us to dish on all things Michigan is our buddy Zach Travis from Maize N Brew, the ultimate Michigan site on all the internets.

Final Four 2013: Syracuse guard Michael Carter-Williams follows similar path as Lazarus Sims |

The Syracuse University basketball team will head to the Final Four thanks in part to the outstanding play of a point guard who spent most of the previous season riding the bench. Sound familiar?

Destiny USA to show SU-Michigan basketball game on giant TV screen |

Destiny USA and CNY & Syracuse FunFlicks are partnering to show the Final Four game on a 21-foot, high-definition inflatable screen on the first level of the mall's Canyon area.

We break down the Syracuse 2-3 zone because the Orange's opponents haven't been able to |

Syracuse's zone is special. We all realize that at this point. You don't set NCAA Tournament records on defense without something unique going on. So while coach Jim Boeheim acts as if this version of the 2-3 zone is nothing unique, the same thing he's been doing for 30 years, he's not quite being honest.

Burke, MCW create rare elite PG matchup - Stats & Info Blog - ESPN

This will be just the second time since assists became an official stat in 1983-84 that two players who averaged at least 12 points and six assists per game for the season will meet in the Final Four.

Lamolinara excels in goal with help of jokester, erratic Daly | The Daily Orange

Daly did not oblige. He rarely does. Daly, who Lamolinara called "the John Belushi of the team," is always making a wisecrack or pulling a prank. "He hit me and he hit me like three or four times," Lamolinara said. "It kind of pissed me off. He was laughing. He thought it was hilarious."

Their game: Syracuse entered the 2002-03 season inexperienced, unranked but they ended it national champions | The Daily Orange

Hakim Warrick rising up to block Michael Lee’s last-ditch 3-point attempt. Jim Boeheim throwing his hands up in utter euphoria, a boyish smile on his face. Carmelo Anthony, just 18 years old, hoisting the Wooden trophy with his championship hat tilted to the side.

How Jim Boeheim helped launch the careers of Rick Pitino and John Beilein | CollegeBasketballTalk

"[Boehiem] wanted to play more man-to-man defense," Pitino said. "He was under Roy Danforth, who was strictly zone. Back then we played a lot of man-to-man. I was fortunate, I got to learn the zone."

Syracuse center inspired by grandfather - ACC Blog - ESPN

Every now and then, Syracuse center Macky MacPherson will take a look at his grandfather’s 1987 national coach of the year trophy. It’s in their Syracuse home, along with some old Sports Illustrated covers featuring the Orange, and a few other reminders of the program’s history. It also happens to be MacPherson’s family history.

Syracuse police, DPS to increase presence during game | The Daily Orange

Police are "preparing for the worst," but aren’t expecting major problems after the games, SPD’s Sgt. Tom Connellan said in the article. He added that the weekend’s nice weather could also lead to bigger crowds.

MarinoFit, a startup run by former SU star Mikhail Marinovich, enters fitness fray with Polamalu, other celebs in tow - New York Business Journal

Mikhail Marinovich and his father Marv have started a venture called MarinoFit to help train professional athletes.

Peeling the Orange: Breaking down Syracuse's game and Michigan's keys to victory vs. the Orange - Maize n Brew

All week you've heard people talk about it. The way to beat the Syracuse 2-3 zone is to shoot over it from the outside. Pretty easy for a team like Michigan, right? One would think so, but it is important to remember just how much everyone else has tried to follow this conventional wisdom and how that has worked out in the past.

UM In The Final Four: What It Means To Michigan Fans - Off Tackle Empire

The Michigan Wolverines were not expected to make the Final Four. Remember when they were ranked #1? That seems like years ago. This exciting and somewhat miraculous Final Four run has taken the UM fan base by storm and showed just how far the Michigan basketball program has come. I wanted to build on that excitement and get some reactions from my Michigan friends.

Staff, students and Elders gathered at the Oneida Nation Ray Elm Children and Elders Center to host a pep rally for Syracuse Basketball! Let's Go Orange!