March 15, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The 1-16 game has been the ultimate mismatch - 108-0 over 27 NCAA Tournaments. The 16-seed had only led at the half six times. So what exactly was UNC Asheville doing in front at halftime and well into the second half against Syracuse at Consol Energy Center? Well, the team with the undersized players was playing with much more passion, getting most of the loose balls and hitting the requisite number of threes that a huge underdog must. Just when you thought this might finally happen, Asheville stopped scoring.
January 28, 2012
TOP CHOICE West Virginia at Syracuse, Saturday at 1 p.m., ESPNU: The Mountaineers were dealt a surprising 16-point loss by freshman-laden St. John's in their most recent game, and you can bet coach Bob Huggins will have them ready for the No. 2 Orange, which likely will be without shot-blocking center Fab Melo. STARTING FIVE Kansas at Iowa State, Saturday at 2 p.m., ESPN: Look for the Cyclones' 6-foot-8, 270-pound Royce White and a loud partisan crowd to try to take Thomas Robinson and the Jayhawks out of their game.
March 22, 2013 |
SYRACUSE has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two media reports. CBS Sports.com, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday that the school has received a letter of preliminary inquiry from the NCAA. The Post-Standard reported NCAA investigators have been conducting interviews with Syracuse employees and former employees. The newspaper said the investigation includes the handling of former player Fab Melo's academic eligibility.
August 16, 2013 |
U.S. OPEN rain delays at Arthur Ashe Stadium in New York will be no more by 2017. The tournament's center court could be covered by a retractable roof as soon as the 2016 tournament, but more likely the following year, U.S. Tennis Association officials said. The men's final has been delayed to Monday each of the last 5 years. The U.S. Open becomes the last of the four major tournaments to cover up. The Ashe roof is part of a $550 million project that also will rebuild and expand other courts at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
April 6, 2012
Venus Williams kept up with sister Serena by winning a third-round match Thursday in the Family Circle Cup, moving one step closer to an all-Williams semifinal in Charleston, S.C. Venus defeated Anastasia Rodionova of Russia, 7-5, 6-2, continuing her strong comeback from an autoimmune disease that sidelined her for more than six months. Serena also advanced to the quarterfinals, ousting Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, 6-2, 6-2. France captain Guy Forget picked Gilles Simon , who has a sore back, to play against John Isner of the United States in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.
March 22, 2013 |
Hoosier Nation? President Obama has selected Indiana to win it all in his NCAA tournament bracket on ESPN. He predicted that Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State, and Florida will reach the Final Four. For the Hoosiers' opponent in the title game, "I'm going with Louisville," the president said in a taped segment shown on SportsCenter on Wednesday. "I know it's not a surprise pick. . . . These are the two best teams right now, and for the championship I'm going back to the Big Ten. I think this is Indiana's year.
March 26, 2012 |
BOSTON - Jim Boeheim stood off to the side in a very quiet locker room, sipping a soda and looking like a coach whose season had just come to an end. He didn't hesitate when asked if it would take him some time to look back on a long season of off-court issues that came up one win short of the Final Four. "I don't have to wait to look back. I know right now," he said minutes after top-seeded Syracuse lost 77-70 to No. 2 seed Ohio State on Saturday night in the East Regional final.
March 18, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - While Kansas State lost its fifth-year senior, Jamar Samuels, before the game because of undisclosed eligibility issues, Syracuse still had its fifth-year senior to lean on. Point guard Scoop Jardine, of Neumann-Goretti High, came through with a stellar performance in the second half to lead the Orange past the eighth-seeded Wildcats, 75-59, at Consol Energy Center on Saturday. Syracuse (33-2), seeded No. 1 in the East Regional, will play No. 4 seed Wisconsin in Boston on Thursday.
March 23, 2012 |
The NCAA tournament is all about 68 teams trying to be the one that cuts the nets down as the clock strikes midnight following the championship game. But for the Big East Conference, it's a chance to prove to the world that, although it's changing teams faster than clouds change patterns in the sky, it remains the nation's best basketball league. In Thursday night's regional semifinals in Boston and Phoenix, the Big East saw two representatives knock off teams from the Big Ten, the conference which spent a lot of the regular season making a great case for why it was the No. 1 league.
March 16, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - Another three dropped out of the basketball heavens into the hoop and Scoop Jardine had this exasperated, who-are-these-guys look on his face. There were still 16 minutes left in the 1-16 game, the ultimate mismatch, 108-0 over 27 NCAA Tournaments. Syracuse looked out of sorts. It had been just the seventh No. 1 seed to trail at halftime against a No. 16. And UNC-Asheville, outsized at every position, was still playing like it not only wanted to win, but expected it. With the exception of the sections in Orange, the Consol Energy Center crowd had lined up firmly behind the underdogs.