C.J. Fair scored 18 points, James Southerland added 14 and the fourth-seeded Orange survived a second-half drought of more than 12 minutes without a field goal to beat No. 12 seed California 66-60 on Saturday night in the NCAA tournament.
Syracuse has been under investigation for possible NCAA violations, mostly in its basketball program, for at least a year, according to two reports.
The death of the Big East as we know it hit home last week as 14 teams arrived at the World’s Most Famous Arena (Connecticut was ineligible). Next season, the “Catholic 7” will be reportedly joined by Butler, Creighton, and Xavier in a basketball-only conference that has paid to keep the Big East name.
5 “bubble” teams that should be in and 5 that should be out
The Big East tournament will have a touch of a wake to it this week. When games end, there will be plenty of reminiscing about rivalries and talk of what is to come.
The Big dance is right around the corner and teams are making strides towards being part of it. It all started this weekend with a buzzer beater, Kentucky barely holding on and Belmont joining the tourney. A wild weekend indeed!
WASHINGTON (AP) Georgetown coach John Thompson III was noting all the ways – and there were many – in which his team’s lopsided, Big East-closing victory over Syracuse was significant, when a familiar baritone voice rose from the back of the interview room.
There wasn’t an abundance of wild finishes this weekend, but there were some incredible individual performances (see below). Memphis, mentioned in this week’s column, is one of five teams unbeaten in conference; another, Gonzaga, has won its last six games by an average of 24 points.
Life is tough on the road. On Saturday, five teams ranked in the top 15 lost to unranked squads, all away from home. In a week when the No. 1 team went down (again), No. 2 Michigan won at Illinois on Sunday to move to 19-1 and presumably step into the top spot in the rankings.