Nov 28, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles by Ohio State Buckeyes guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) during the second half at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)
Nov 28, 2018; Columbus, OH, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles by Ohio State Buckeyes guard Duane Washington Jr. (4) during the second half at Value City Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports (Joseph Maiorana)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Syracuse found its outside shot, and just in time if you ask coach Jim Boeheim.

Tyus Battle scored 20 points, Elijah Hughes added 18 and the Orange shot nearly 46 percent from beyond the arc as Syracuse upset No. 16 Ohio State 72-62 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday night.

It was Syracuse's second straight victory, as they improved to 4-2 on the season.

C.J. Jackson had 19 points for Ohio State, and Kaleb Wesson contributed 13 - 11 of them from the foul line - as the Buckeyes (6-1) lost for the first time this season.

"For the first time this year I've seen us play like we need to play," Boeheim said. "That's a pretty good sign."

Much of the game was a battle of fouls and foul shots, as the Orange finished with nearly as many personal fouls (28) as it did rebounds (29), with Bourama Sidibe, Frank Howard and Marek Dolezaj all fouling out.

But an 11-0 Orange run over 3:24 in the second half put the game away.

"I didn't love our defensive effort tonight," Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann said. "We had some good moments, but ... our team knows we got beat by a better team tonight. We have to play better. We have to coach better. We will learn from it and move on." >> Read more

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Baylor solved Syracuse's vaunted zone with the long ball

Makai Mason scored 22 points and Baylor set a school NCAA Tournament record with 16 3-pointers to beat Syracuse 78-69 Thursday night in the West Region.

The ninth-seeded Bears (20-13) found gaps in Syracuse's 2-3 zone, mostly by getting the ball into the high post or driving and kicking out. Baylor nearly matched the school tournament record of 11 3-pointers in the first half (10) and made 16 of 34 overall.

Baylor shot 54 percent and slowed Syracuse's 3-point barrage in the second half to earn a shot at top-seeded Gonzaga on Saturday.

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Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim during a practice before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Mar 20, 2019; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Syracuse Orange coach Jim Boeheim during a practice before the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

Syracuse isn't riding a wave of momentum into the NCAA Tournament, but its recent history says that's no big deal.

The Orange snuck into the NCAAs last season after losing four of their last six games ... and then they won a First Four game and two more before narrowly losing to Duke in the Sweet 16.

Three years ago, Syracuse staggered in as a No. 10 seed after losing five of six. The Orange then ripped off four consecutive victories in a thrilling ride to the Final Four, where they were stopped by North Carolina.

So, it's nothing new that Syracuse is limping into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 8 seed in the West Region, where they will play No. 9 Baylor in Salt Lake City on Thursday night.

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Feb 13, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim (right) talks to guard Tyus Battle (25) during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports  (Rob Kinnan)
Feb 13, 2019; Raleigh, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim (right) talks to guard Tyus Battle (25) during the second half against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at PNC Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

The NCAA Tournament is here and the New York/New Jersey area will be well represented. Here's a look at who each local team is playing and what their chances of making a run are:

Syracuse (No. 8 seed, West Region)

City/Tip time: Salt Lake City, 9:57 p.m.
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Syracuse Orange forward Elijah Hughes and guard Tyus Battle react in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange forward Elijah Hughes and guard Tyus Battle react in the second half at Dean E. Smith Center. (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse received an 8-seed in the NCAA men's basketball tournament and will play 9-seed Baylor on Thursday in the West Regional.

The winner of Thursday's game could face top-seeded Gonzaga should it beat the winner of Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View, two 16-seeds that will have a play-in game on Tuesday.

Syracuse enters the tourney with a 20-13 record after falling to Duke in the ACC quarterfinals.

 

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Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) has the ball knocked away by Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Mar 14, 2019; Charlotte, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson (1) has the ball knocked away by Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) in the first half in the ACC conference tournament at Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Zion Williamson made all 13 of his shots, five on high-flying dunks, and scored 29 points in his return to lead No. 5 Duke to an 84-72 victory over Syracuse on Thursday night in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals.

RJ Barrett added 23 points and six rebounds to help Duke (27-5) set up a semifinal showdown with No. 3 North Carolina. The Tar Heels swept both games from the Blue Devils in the regular season, with Williamson injured in the first minute of the first meeting. >> Read more

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Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a call against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a call against the Old Dominion Monarchs during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

With Selection Sunday fast approaching, as many as half a dozen teams from New York State are in position to make the NCAA Tournament.

Here's a look at where each team stands now and what they need to do to make the Big Dance:

Syracuse

The skinny: Despite getting thrashed by Virginia 79-53 on Monday night, the Orange (19-11, 10-7 ACC) are safely into the Big Dance thanks to wins over then-No. 1 Duke in January and then-No. 18 Louisville in February. The Orange have a NET ranking of 39 and are currently a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, according to Jerry Palm of CBSSports.com. Syracuse will be a top-7 seed in the ACC Tournament next week in Charlotte, N.C., and the Orange will get a first-round bye. They could help their NCAA Tournament seeding with a deep run in the ACCs.

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Kyle GuyTy Jerome and De'Andre Hunter led a long-range assault, combining for 18 3-pointers as No.2 Virginia broke open a tight game in the second half and cruised to a 79-53 victory over Syracuse on Monday night.

Syracuse (19-11, 10-7) was coming off a solid road win at Wake Forest, but the Orange's vaunted zone defense was torched for eight 3-pointers during a 27-3 spurt. After falling behind by one point, the Cavaliers outscored Syracuse 37-10 over the final 15 minutes and set a record for 3-pointers allowed by the Orange.

Guy finished with 25 points, Hunter had 21, and Jerome 16. They finished a combined 18 of 24 from behind the arc. Guy's eighth 3, a career high, gave Virginia its 17th from beyond the arc, the most ever against the Orange.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Coby White scored a career-high 34 points and fifth-ranked North Carolina pulled away late to beat Syracuse 93-85 on Tuesday night.

Cameron Johnson added 16 points for the Tar Heels (23-5, 13-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won 11 of 12 games and own their highest AP Top 25 ranking of the season.

UNC led by three with 7:49 left before coming up with a 7-0 burst to push the margin to 83-73, though the Tar Heels couldn't land a finishing blow and had to fight to protect their lead into the final minute. >>  Read more

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse desperately needed a game like this and slumping Louisville obliged.

Elijah Hughes scored 18 points and Oshae Brissett had 16 to lead four players in double figures as the Orange beat the 18th-ranked Cardinals 69-49 on Wednesday night.

The Orange, who had lost two of three, got back on track after being off for a week, and their third win this season over a ranked team was paced by their 2-3 zone defense. >> Read more

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson checks on his foot after falling during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson checks on his foot after falling during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse won't go up against Zion Williamson in its rematch with Duke on Saturday night.

Williamson, the projected No. 1 NBA draft pick, will reportedly not play Saturday, according to Stadium's Jeff Goodman, after he suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain 36 seconds into Duke's game vs. North Carolina on Wednesday when he slipped and blew through his shoe.

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Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a play against the Eastern Washington Eagles during the second half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim reacts to a play against the Eastern Washington Eagles during the second half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse men's basketball head coach Jim Boeheim is not expected to face legal ramifications after he struck and killed a man with his car on a Syracuse interstate highway, Onondaga County (New York) district attorney William J. Fitzpatrick told Yahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel.

"Not from law enforcement, unless something extraordinary or bizarre comes to our attention that we're not aware of," Fitzpatrick said. "In terms of a strict reconstruction of the accident, it's just a tragedy."

Boeheim, 74, hit and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, who was walking outside his vehicle on Interstate 690 after the car he was riding in lost control and hit a guard rail, trying to avoid Jimenez's vehicle.

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Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim watches the play on the court against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim watches the play on the court against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

Syracuse men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a man with his car on a Syracuse interstate highway, the Syracuse Police Department said in a statement.

Boeheim, 74, hit and killed 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, who was walking outside his vehicle on Interstate 690 around midnight, roughly three hours after the Orange beat Louisville.

"He's devastated," Adam Weitsman, a close friend of Boeheim who said he spoke with him Thursday morning, told WTVH's Michael Benny. "He says the man was in the middle of the road, not along the side or anything like that."

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Feb 20, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) looks to shoot the ball as Louisville Cardinals guard Khwan Fore (4) defends in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 20, 2019; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) looks to shoot the ball as Louisville Cardinals guard Khwan Fore (4) defends in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse desperately needed a game like this and slumping Louisville obliged.

Elijah Hughes scored 18 points and Oshae Brissett had 16 to lead four players in double figures as the Orange beat the 18th-ranked Cardinals 69-49 on Wednesday night.

The Orange, who had lost two of three, got back on track after being off for a week, and their third win this season over a ranked team was paced by their 2-3 zone defense. >> Read more

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots over Duke Blue Devils center Marques Bolden during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots over Duke Blue Devils center Marques Bolden during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Rob Kinnan/USA TODAY Sports)

Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points, and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle No. 1 Duke in overtime as the Orange pulled off the upset, 95-91 on Monday night.

Paschal Chukwu added 10 points and a career-high 18 rebounds while Elijah Hughes added 20 points, Frank Howard finished with 16 and Oshae Brissett had 14 for the Orange (12-5, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference).

Syracuse held Duke to 2-of-8 shooting in overtime and to just 21 percent shooting from 3-point range while earning its second victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium in three years.

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Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives to the basket as Old Dominion Monarchs forward Aaron Carver (13) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Dec 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives to the basket as Old Dominion Monarchs forward Aaron Carver (13) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) B.J. Stith felt it necessary to apologize to his Old Dominion teammates at halftime Saturday after going scoreless and committing five turnovers against Syracuse.

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Nov 24, 2018; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs past Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)
Nov 24, 2018; Chestnut Hill, MA, USA; Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey (2) runs past Boston College defensive end Zach Allen (2) during the first half at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports (Winslow Townson)

BOSTON (AP) Eric Dungey ran for three touchdowns and threw for 362 yards and three more scores to lead No. 19 Syracuse to a 42-21 victory over Boston College on Saturday.

The Orange (9-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) gave up the first score of the game and then scored touchdowns on three straight possessions, starting with a 75-yard pass from Dungey to a wide-open Sean Riley. BC fumbled the ensuing kickoff, setting up Dungey's 4-yard run to make it 14-7 and the Eagles (7-5, 4-4) never got any closer.

Dungey followed with a 2-yard touchdown run and also scored on an 18-yard quarterback sneak right before the half to give the Orange a 28-14 lead.

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Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) fumbles the ball that would be overturned to down prior to the fumble as Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Julian Love (27) defends during the second quarter during the second quarter at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Nov 17, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) fumbles the ball that would be overturned to down prior to the fumble as Notre Dame Fighting Irish cornerback Julian Love (27) defends during the second quarter during the second quarter at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

NEW YORK (AP) Ian Book returned to the starting lineup for No. 3 Notre Dame and threw for 292 yards and two touchdowns as the Fighting Irish routed No. 12 Syracuse 36-3 at Yankee Stadium on Saturday to stay on target for a trip to the College Football Playoff.

The Fighting Irish held out Book from last week's home game against Florida State with a rib injury, and he wasn't missed as Notre Dame (11-0, No. 3 CFP) rolled with Brandon Wimbush at quarterback.

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Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim coaches Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 16, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim coaches Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half against the Oregon Ducks at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) - Bol Bol had 26 points and nine rebounds, and No. 13 Oregon beat No. 15 Syracuse 80-65 in the consolation game of the 2K Classic on Friday.

Payton Pritchard added 18 points for the Ducks (3-1) and Kenny Wooten had 12 in the first-ever meeting between the ACC and Pac-12 programs.

Tyus Battle scored 17 points to lead the Orange (2-2), who lost for the second time in less than 24 hours. Syracuse fell to UConn 83-76 in a semifinal on Thursday night. >> Read more

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Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Nov 15, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jalen Adams (4) controls the ball against Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Nothing less than the first major test Dan Hurley Era awaited the Connecticut Huskies.

UConn was facing a Top 25 opponent in a nationally televised game in one of basketball's iconic venues.

For a group that has not been together for a full calendar year, it was fair to question how they would respond. Consider the test passed. With flying colors.

"They had a look the last couple days that they couldn't get here and play. They went out and performed at such a high level," Hurley said after Connecticut's 83-76 upset of No. 15 Syracuse in the first game of the 2K Classic Thursday night.

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Moe Neal rushed for a career-best 159 yards and two touchdowns, quarterback Eric Dungey ran for two more scores and passed for another, and No. 13 Syracuse took advantage of five Louisville miscues to rout the Cardinals 54-23 on Friday night.

The Orange (8-2, 5-2 ACC, No. 13 CFP) scored 27 points off five Louisville (2-8, 0-7 ACC) errors, rushed for 292 yards and accumulated 518 yards of total offense. Syracuse finished the season unbeaten in six games in the Carrier Dome for the fourth time since the building opened in 1980.

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) Eric Dungey rushed for 119 yards and a touchdown, Jarveon Howard ran for two scores and No. 22 Syracuse beat Wake Forest 41-24 on Saturday.

Dungey - whose average of 294.1 total yards per game ranks second in the ACC - was 23 of 35 for 157 yards and also ran for a 26-yard score to help the Orange (7-2, 4-2, No. 19 CFP) win their first game as a Top 25 team since the Dwight Freeney days in 2001.

Moe Neal added an 8-yard score, Chris Elmore had a 5-yard TD run and Andre Szmyt kicked two field goals for Syracuse, which earned its first conference road victory in more than two years.

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Oct 27, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws a pass during the third quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Oct 27, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey (2) throws a pass during the third quarter against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey threw for three touchdowns and ran for another, and Syracuse held off No. 22 North Carolina State 51-41 on Saturday night to become eligible for the postseason for the first time in five years.

Syracuse (6-2, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference), which snapped a two-game losing streak last time out with a 40-37, double-overtime victory over North Carolina, improved to 5-0 in the Carrier Dome.

N.C. State (5-2, 2-2), which was coming off its first loss of the season, a 41-7 thrashing at No. 2 Clemson, fell behind early, rallied, then ran out of time at the end. Orange linebacker Andrew Armstrong sealed the victory with an interception at the Wolfpack 23-yard line with 2:18 left.

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General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
General view of the tarp on the field during a rain delay before a game between the New York Yankees and the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees radio voice Hank Greenwald passed away at the age of 83. 

Greenwald called Yankees games with Tommy Hutton for WABC radio during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, preceding current Yankees play-by-play radio announcer, John Sterling. 

Greenwald spent most of his career as the play-by-play man for the San Francisco Giants from 1979-86 and 1989-96. 

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Oct 20, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jamal Custis (17) runs with the ball after a catch as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Patrice Rene (5) makes a diving tackle attempt during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Oct 20, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Jamal Custis (17) runs with the ball after a catch as North Carolina Tar Heels cornerback Patrice Rene (5) makes a diving tackle attempt during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tommy DeVito, in relief of a struggling Eric Dungey, hit tight end Ravian Pierce on a 4-yard scoring play in the second overtime and Syracuse defeated North Carolina 40-37 on Saturday.

DeVito, who entered the game in the fourth quarter, sent it to overtime with a 42-yard touchdown pass to Nykeim Johnson with 1:39 to go.

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Oct 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Darrin Hall (22) runs the ball past Syracuse Orange linebacker Ryan Guthrie (41) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 44-37 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Oct 6, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers running back Darrin Hall (22) runs the ball past Syracuse Orange linebacker Ryan Guthrie (41) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh won 44-37 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh's Darrin Hall ran for 107 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score in overtime, as the Panthers rallied past Syracuse 44-37 on Saturday.

Hall's 3-yard burst on the opening possession of the extra period put the Panthers up and Pitt sophomore defensive back Therran Coleman picked off Syracuse's Eric Dungey in the end zone on the Orange's first offensive snap to give the Panthers a stirring victory.

"Our kids needed that one," Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi said after his team ended a two-game losing streak. >> Read more

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Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)
Sep 29, 2018; Clemson, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers running back Travis Etienne (9) scores a touchdown during the second half against the Syracuse Orange at Clemson Memorial Stadium. Tigers won 27-23. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports (Joshua S. Kelly)

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) Should No. 3 Clemson fulfill its championship aspirations this season, prepare to hear plenty about "The Drive."

With new starting quarterback Trevor Lawrence knocked out of the game, reserve Chase Brice -- who was about sixth on the depth chart last January -- guided a 94-yard, fourth-quarter scoring drive that ended with Travis Etienne's 2-yard touchdown run with 41 seconds and gave the Tigers a 27-23 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.

"I'll never forget this one," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said. "Some might say it's the fifth game of the year, but it's more than that. I saw a team that didn't quit."

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Sep 22, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Sean Riley (10) makes a touchdown catch in front of Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jordan Morrison (29) during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Sep 22, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange wide receiver Sean Riley (10) makes a touchdown catch in front of Connecticut Huskies defensive back Jordan Morrison (29) during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Eric Dungey scored three touchdowns and threw for another to key a first-half blitz and Syracuse continued its early season success with a 51-21 victory over former Big East rival Connecticut on Saturday.

Syracuse, which has not yet trailed this season, has won its first four games for the first time since 1991 and only the fourth time since the end of World War II. The Orange finished 4-8 in each of the past three seasons. >> Read more

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Sep 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 15, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange quarterback Tommy DeVito (13) drops back to pass against the Florida State Seminoles during the fourth quarter at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse took another big step toward putting the woeful recent past in the rearview mirror.

Quarterback Tommy DeVito, subbing for injured starter Eric Dungey, scored on a 3-yard run and hit tight end Ravian Pierce with a 3-yard score in a span of just over 3 minutes in the third quarter, and Syracuse beat Florida State 30-7 on Saturday in the sweltering heat of the Carrier Dome.

"They really played their heart out," said a hoarse Syracuse coach Dino Babers, who led another rousing postgame locker room celebration. "I thought it was a fantastic family win. Those guys (FSU) are the top athletes in the country. To get a win like this, we need to enjoy it."

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Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey prepares to throw the ball against the Wagner Seahawks during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange quarterback Eric Dungey prepares to throw the ball against the Wagner Seahawks during the third quarter at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

Eric Dungey threw five touchdown passes to lead the Syracuse football team to a 62-10 win over Wagner on Saturday at Carrier Dome.

Dungey threw for 218 yards and ran for 44 more, throwing four touchdown passes in the first half as the Orange took a 45-7 lead into the break.

The senior Dungey threw touchdowns to five different receivers: Nykeim Johnson, Sean Riley, Jamal Custis, Taj Harris and Ravian Pierce.

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McDonalds All-American West forward Darius Bazley shoots over East center David McCormack in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)
McDonalds All-American West forward Darius Bazley shoots over East center David McCormack in the second half of the McDonalds High School All American Game at Philips Arena. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

Darius Bazley, a five-star high school basketball prospect, decommitted from Syracuse so he could play in the G League, Yahoo! Sports' Shams Charania reports.

The 17-year-old Bazley, a 6-foot-8, 195-pound forward from Ohio, is ranked the No. 9 prospect by ESPN. He scored 11 points in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game.

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Syracuse's run as an 11-seed in the 2018 NCAA Tournament came to an end as the Orange failed to advance to the Elite Eight on Friday night.

Tyus Battle had 19 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15 to go along with seven rebounds, as the second-seeded Duke Blue Devils hung on late for a 69-65 win over Syracuse in the Sweet 16 in Omaha.

Both teams were aggressive against the other's zone defense, with lots of shots going in around the rim. Marvin Bagley III starred for Duke and finished with 22 points and eight rebounds. Grayson Allen had 15 points and eight assists in the win.

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Syracuse has surprisingly reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, relying on its zone defense to get the job done. >> Read More

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle celebrates a play in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle celebrates a play in the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena. (Rick Osentoski/USA TODAY Sports)

The last team selected for the field of 68 is going to the round of 16.

Tyus Battle had 17 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15, lifting 11th-seeded Syracuse to a 55-53 win over third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday and into the NCAA Tournament's Sweet 16.

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Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives on TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game in Detroit, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Paul Sancya/AP)
Syracuse forward Oshae Brissett (11) drives on TCU guard Kenrich Williams (34) and Vladimir Brodziansky (10) during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball tournament first-round game in Detroit, Friday, March 16, 2018. (Paul Sancya/AP)

DETROIT (AP) Marek Dolezaj scored 17 points before fouling out and 11th-seeded Syracuse shut down sixth-seeded TCU for a 57-52 victory in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night.

The Orange (22-13) won for the second time in the tournament and advanced to face third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday by holding off the Horned Frogs with another impressive defensive effort. Both teams shot under 40 percent from the field.

TCU (21-12) is still without an NCAA Tournament victory since 1987, when coach Jamie Dixon was a player. This was the school's first appearance since 1998, and it was short-lived.

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 (Raj Mehta)
(Raj Mehta)

STINGY: Syracuse held Arizona State to a season low in points in a 60-56 victory over the Sun Devils on Wednesday night in the First Four. The Orange had to win that game to make it to the round of 64.

THEY SAID IT: The Orange haven't had much time to rest after the win over Arizona State, and TCU didn't know its opponent until that game was over. "Quick turnaround as far as knowing who we're playing for us," Dixon said. "So really unique and first time I've been through it. We're playing the winner of the play-in game. ... You get some time, but not time to focus on just one team." >> Read More

 

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DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Freshman Oshae Brissett had a double-double and led Syracuse's second-half comeback, and the Orange -- the last team to make the NCAA Tournament -- held on for a 60-56 victory over Arizona State on Wednesday night in the First Four.

The 11th-seeded Orange plays No. 6 seed TCU (21-11) on Friday in Detroit in the Midwest Region.

Syracuse (21-13) had to sweat out Selection Sunday and wound up as the last one to make the bracket, sent to the First Four. The Orange prevailed in a matchup of teams that started fast and then faded onto the tournament bubble. >> Read more

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Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

Syracuse reached the NCAA tournament on Sunday as an 11-seed and will play No. 11 Arizona State in a play-in game on Wednesday.

The Orange, who finished the regular season 20-13 after losing in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, and Arizona State, which finished 20-11 after falling in the Pac-12 tournament, were both among the last four teams in.

 

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Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) reacts during the first half of a second round game of the 2018 ACC tournament against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Mar 7, 2018; New York, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) reacts during the first half of a second round game of the 2018 ACC tournament against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK (AP) Theo Pinson had 16 points, 11 rebounds and six assists and Kenny Williams scored 17 points as No. 12 North Carolina beat Syracuse 78-59 on Thursday night to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.

The sixth-seeded Tar Heels (23-9) face third-seeded Miami on Thursday night in the quarterfinals at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Oshae Brissett scored 20 points and made five 3s for 11th-seeded Syracuse (20-13), which never got closer than nine down in the second half. The Orange will head toward NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday firmly on the bubble. >> Read more

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Jim Boeheim discusses the importance of every game and lauds his team's defensive performance against a strong Wake Forest team on Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) Freshman forward Marek Dolezaj scored a career-high 20 points and Syracuse won an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament game for the first time, beating Wake Forest 73-64 on Tuesday night.

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Mar 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (right) is called for a charging foul on Clemson Tigers forward Mark Donnal during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Mar 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (right) is called for a charging foul on Clemson Tigers forward Mark Donnal during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Oshae Brissett and Tyus Battle each scored 17 points and Syracuse rallied to beat No. 18 Clemson 55-52 on Saturday to remain in the hunt for a postseason berth.

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Feb 21, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) looks to drive the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kenny Williams (24) in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 21, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) looks to drive the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Kenny Williams (24) in the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

While No. 18 Clemson looks to cap one of the finest seasons in program history by clinching a double bye in the ACC Tournament, Syracuse is looking for that elusive signature win to boost its fading NCAA Tournament hopes.

On the final day of the ACC's regular season, the Tigers (22-7, 11-6 ACC) visit the Orange (18-12, 7-10) at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.

On Wednesday, Clemson earned its program-record 11th ACC win and tied a school mark with its 15th home win of the season by rallying to defeat Florida State 76-63 at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson, S.C. Redshirt junior guard Marcquise Reed notched his 10th 20-point outing of the season with 22 points on 7-for-11 shooting as the Tigers recorded their 22nd win -- the most since the 2013-14 team won 23.

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Feb 24, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Duke Blue Devils forward Javin DeLaurier (12) defends during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)
Feb 24, 2018; Durham, NC, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Duke Blue Devils forward Javin DeLaurier (12) defends during the first half at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports (Rob Kinnan)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Marvin Bagley III had 19 points in his return from a sprained knee, and No. 5 Duke beat Syracuse 60-44 on Saturday night for its fifth straight win.

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Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

DURHAM, N.C. -- Grayson Allen has become Duke's headline player again as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils continue to pick up steam.

In the second-to-last home game of his career, the senior guard is bound to be a focal point when Duke takes on visiting Syracuse on Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Second-place Duke (23-5, 11-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) is out of contention for the top seed in the ACC Tournament. Earlier Saturday, Virginia could wrap up the outright regular-season title by winning at last-place Pittsburgh.

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Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard dribbles the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Seventh Woods in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard dribbles the ball past North Carolina Tar Heels guard Seventh Woods in the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Mark Konezny/USA TODAY Sports)

Theo Pinson scored a career-high 23 points, Joel Berry II added 18, including the tiebreaking layup with 1:36 left, and No. 10 North Carolina held off Syracuse 78-74 on Wednesday night.

North Carolina (22-7, 11-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won six straight, but this was the most difficult against a team fighting for its postseason life. Syracuse (18-10, 7-8) was coming off an important road victory over Miami and was teetering on the NCAA Tournament bubble entering the game.

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Nov 18, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles the ball as Texas Southern Tigers forward Kevin Scott (4) defends during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Nov 18, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Frank Howard (23) dribbles the ball as Texas Southern Tigers forward Kevin Scott (4) defends during the second half of a game at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) Tyus Battle overcame a poor shooting game by scoring six points in the final 86 seconds, and the Syracuse Orangemen's stingy zone helped them beat Miami 62-55 Saturday.

Syracuse limited the Hurricanes to a season-low 34-percent shooting, and Miami was often forced into bad shots at long range, going 7 for 31 (23 percent) from beyond the arc.

The Orangemen (18-9, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) have won three of their past four road games. Miami (18-8, 7-7) lost at home for the second time this week, and has dropped three games in a row overall.

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Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 14, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) [posts up against North Carolina State Wolfpack guard Braxton Beverly (10) during the first half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Markell Johnson's 3-pointer with 33 seconds to go broke a 70-70 tie and North Carolina State went on to defeat Syracuse 74-70 Wednesday.

The game was critical for both teams who reside squarely on the NCAA bubble.

Allerik Freeman led the Wolfpack (17-9, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) with 17 points. Johnson had 16 and Sam Hunt, who hit four big 3s in the second half, added 14. The Wolfpack, who broke a two-game losing streak, had seven 3s in the final 20 minutes. >> Read more

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Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 11, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle (25) drives to the basket as Wake Forest Demon Deacons center Doral Moore (4) defends during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Tyus Battle scored 34 points, Oshae Brissett added 15 points and 10 rebounds, and Syracuse held off Wake Forest 78-70 on Sunday.

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Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots against Louisville Cardinals guard Ryan McMahon during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)
Syracuse Orange guard Tyus Battle shoots against Louisville Cardinals guard Ryan McMahon during the first half at KFC Yum! Center. (Jamie Rhodes/USA TODAY Sports)

Tyus Battle scored 25 points to lead Syracuse to a 78-73 victory over Louisville Monday night.

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Feb 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter (12) drives the ball past Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)
Feb 3, 2018; Syracuse, NY, USA; Virginia Cavaliers guard De'Andre Hunter (12) drives the ball past Syracuse Orange center Paschal Chukwu (13) during the second half at the Carrier Dome. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Konezny)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) De'Andre Hunter scored 15 points, Kyle Guy added 14 and second-ranked Virginia smothered struggling Syracuse 59-44 on Saturday.

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