February 23, 2014 |
In this space last week, we thought Syracuse would suffer its first loss of 2013-14 before Wichita State did because of its difficult road schedule. But never in our wildest dreams did we see downtrodden Boston College, a team that had defeated one Division I squad (Virginia Tech) since Nov. 26, going into the Carrier Dome and recording the shocker of the season. Now the schedule really gets tough for Syracuse, which must play its next three at Duke, at Maryland, and at Virginia. "We can't think about" the loss, Orange coach Jim Boeheim said.
February 3, 2014 |
Jerami Grant scored eight points in overtime to finish with a career-high 24, and Jim Boeheim's No. 2 Syracuse stayed unbeaten, topping Mike Krzyzewski's No. 17 Duke, 91-89, on Saturday in Syracuse, N.Y., in a matchup of the two winningest coaches in Division I history. C.J. Fair scored a career-best 28 as Syracuse (21-0, 8-0 Atlantic Coast) set a school record for consecutive wins to start a season. Playing in front of a charged-up crowd of 35,446, the largest ever at the Carrier Dome, Syracuse remained one of three undefeated teams in the nation, along with No. 1 Arizona and No. 4 Wichita State.
December 29, 2013 |
Villanova coach Jay Wright used to refer to the annual "old" Big East rivalry with Syracuse as "like a love-hate," especially those trips to the cavernous and loud Carrier Dome. "We love it but the games are so tough," Wright said. "It's a really hard place to play up there, but we love going up there. You love the experience, even when you lose. Everybody up there is so nice to you, they really are. " The eighth-ranked Wildcats (11-0) will receive that same Upstate New York hospitality, and the typically tough opponent, on Saturday when they meet fellow unbeaten and No. 2 Syracuse (11-0)
December 27, 2013 |
JAY WRIGHT and the Villanova Wildcats are no strangers to the big stage. They have played and responded well in their fair share of big games, and playing No. 2 Syracuse will be no different, even if it is no longer the Big East matchup it was a year ago. Villanova is No. 8 in the Associated Press poll, thanks to a surprising 11-0 start that included wins over then-No. 2 Kansas and No. 22 Iowa. Tomorrow, the Wildcats will get arguably their biggest test of the season as they travel to the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., to battle the 11-0 Orange at 2 p.m. "This is a new test for this group, and that's really what a season is all about," Wright said.
October 31, 2013 |
HOLY FAMILY men's basketball coach R.C. Kehoe can't wait. Either, he said, can his team. On Friday, the Division II Tigers will take on Syracuse in an exhibition in the Carrier Dome. "Excited is an understatement," Kehoe said. "I don't know what the crowd will be like, but I'm expecting about 15,000. It's the largest on-campus arena in the country. " The Dome's capacity is listed at 49,250. Holy Family's Campus Center Gymnasium only seats 1,000. So, don't be surprised if Kehoe's team looks as wide-eyed as those Hickory High players did when they showed for the state championship game at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
May 11, 2013 |
Villanova and Syracuse have agreed to a home-and-home men's basketball series over the next two seasons. Syracuse will play Villanova in the Carrier Dome on Dec. 28, and the Wildcats will host the Orange at the Wells Fargo Center in 2014 at a date to be determined. Tryout for Arcidiacono. Ryan Arcidiacono, a freshman point guard at Villanova, accepted an invitation to participate in the 2013 USA Basketball men's under-19 National Team training camp. The camp will be held on June 15-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 10, 2013 |
The Cabrini men's lacrosse team will visit Rochester Institute on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament. Cabrini beat Springfield, 20-8, in the first round on May 1 and will advance to the quarterfinals Wednesday with a victory. The Division III title game will be May 26 at Lincoln Financial Field. The Linc will also host the Division I semifinals on May 25 at 2:30 and 5 p.m. and the championship on May 27 at 1 p.m. The Division II championship game is set for May 26 at the Linc.
February 24, 2013 |
Miami guard Shane Larkin noticed during warm-ups Saturday that something was off. The up-tempo Hurricanes seemed a step slow and not entirely ready to play. And so it was: No. 2 Miami saw its unbeaten start to Atlantic Coast Conference play, 14-game winning streak, and highest-ever national ranking come to an end with a surprisingly lopsided 80-65 loss to host Wake Forest. Miami (22-4, 13-1) never got closer than 11 in the second half and was outrebounded 36-35 by the Demon Deacons (12-14, 5-9)
January 29, 2013 |
WHAT A DIFFERENCE a week can make. So maybe some cynics will even concede that Villanova's Jay Wright might actually have a clue again. Two wins over Top 5 teams in 5 days will do that for a perspective. Ironically, both were over teams that the Wildcats will no longer be playing once this Big East implosion mess finally plays itself out. Last Saturday they left Providence with a three-game losing streak. Now, while still far from a finished product, they've at least already matched their victory total from last season (13-7, 4-3)
January 26, 2013 |
Big Five teams have experienced quite an interesting week, and it could get more fascinating with the day of all days in the rich history of the city basketball delegation. Call it "Poll-buster Saturday. " For the first time anyone can remember, three Big Five members go up against nationally ranked teams Saturday in three different cities in contests that are related in some way. The party starts at 11 a.m. when Villanova, which upset No. 5 Louisville on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, returns to South Philadelphia to take on third-ranked Syracuse.