"Today felt rough just because I wasn't playing the way I could have," Fair said. "And then a lot of things get to your head."
Cuse Nation is still enjoying the thrilling overtime victory against Duke on Saturday. Enjoy a behind the scenes visit showing what transpired from sunrise to the final buzzer on the historic day in Syracuse.
Alin has come to call his family's climb through life "The Struggle." "I have to say struggle," Alin said when asked about his life. "When you struggle a lot it makes you think so much. Sometimes you want to cry. But crying isn't enough. Action is enough. I cried so many times, and it helps, but your actions will prove everything."
"This is a season and there's always another game to be played," Baye Moussa Keita, the senior Syracuse center, explained in his team's tepid locker room. "Whether you play No. 1 in the conference or No. 9 in the conference, it doesn't matter. You have to go play. And we did."
At just 24 years old, White is the Orange’s director of recruiting operations and has helped put together one of the program’s top classes in recent memory. On Wednesday, that will become official when at least 20 recruits sign letters of intent on national signing day.
Kayton Samuels will pick between Syracuse, Ball State and Boise State. He did mention on Twitter last week, however, that Syracuse and Ball State are his top two, after visiting Ball State two weekends ago. The 2-star DT decommitted from Georgia State last week after receiving an offer from the Orange. At 6’2", 310 pounds, Samuels would join Chris Slayton and recently committed Jalen Harvey on the defensive line.
Syracuse moves to the No. 1 overall spot thanks to a combination of the Orange's thrilling win over Duke and Arizona's loss to Cal hours later. The Wildcats remain a one seed despite the defeat, while Florida and Wichita State rise to the top line.
The last time two teams started February undefeated, a Jameer Nelson-led St. Joseph’s team and Stanford were both 18-0 at this stage of the season. What can Syracuse and Wichita State expect for the remainder of the season? In all likelihood, a loss. The Shockers have the easier schedule, but they also haven’t won the Missouri Valley Tournament since 1987.
As February begins the Orange is 22-0 with eight games remaining in the regular season. It's time to assess where this season is going. What will that final record be? Which game will be the last for Syracuse?
"The visit went very well," Pope John coach Jason Hasson told SNY.tv. "Moustapha said it was the best college basketball game he was ever at. He loved the atmosphere of the game and excitement of the crowd. He was happy that his Mother and his Coach from Senegal got to see the campus and meet the coaching staff as well. Overall, it was a very good visit."