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You know all you guys have stunk in the Big East this year right?
Well you knew Connecticut was going to be hard to stop. And honestly, Syracuse did the best at it, forcing an overtime period before the Huskies finally retired the Orange. It was another classic match, and of course it had to go into overtime (to which John Brennan correctly called would happen). Unfortunately the Huskies were destined to pull off the "upset" as they win in overtime 76 to 71.
The game started even. Connecticut and Syracuse went back and forth as Syracuse humped out to a slight lead early. The teams were very close at the half as Syracuse was just able to take the lead back from the Huskies 26 to 25. Then it was more back and forth until UConn was able to amass a slight lead. With a six point lead, Scoop managed to nail a three with 20 seconds left. Then Shabazz Napier missed a free throw. Sure enough Scoop Jardine nailed another three point jumper to tie the game with less than five seconds left. Then overtime. The overtime was almost all UConn, as Scoop Jardine's luck just ran out as he missed two three point basket near the end of overtime to seal the game for Connecticut.
  • Both Kris Joseph and Scoop Jardine had 20 points in the game. Joseph went 7-19, 4-9 and Scoop went 7-22, 4-8 from three. Joseph had nine rebounds as well.
  • Scoop could have become a little legendary in tying the game to send it to overtime and then winning, but he rushed a shot from way back in the overtime essentially ending SU's chances. Scoop giveith and Scoop takeith away.
  • Rick Jackson had 12 points going 6-10 and eight rebounds. He even added two assists, steals, and blocks. A nice night for Rick, who should have been passed the ball more to see what he could do. On occasion he seemed unstoppable when left defended by one person.
  • Baye Moussa Keita and Brandon Triche as starters combined for six points in pretty forgettable nights. Keita had two key rebounds and a nice bucket, but Triche had a dreadful shooting night from start to finish. He went 2-9, 0-4 from the floor. Boeheim when asked if there was a reason Triche sat so much in the second half responded "yes". This was why.
  • CJ Fair and Fab Melo were also pretty unnoticeable on offense. Melo failed to score after a career outing the day before. Fair added only five points. However, Fair did add eight rebounds, which kept Syracuse in the game late.
  • Dion Waiters did better coming in. While he racked up three fouls he did have eight points hitting 2-3 from long range. He was 3-9 on the day. He is still in need of more maturing but he will be a solid player in the future.
  • Syracuse failed to stop Kemba Walker as much in this game as his first game against Syracuse when he had a season low eight points. In had 33 in this game against Syracuse.
  • SU shot just worse than UConn from the floor. They finished shooting 37.9% (25-66) to Syracuse's 36.8% (28-76). Surprisingly SU did way better from behind the arc making 10-24 (41.7%) to UConn's 4-17 (23.5%).
  • SU lost the battle of the boards trailing UConn's rebounding 45 to 37. SU led in assists 15 to ten. UConn had 8 steals to SU's 6. Both teams had seven blocks and 12 turnovers.
  • Overall Syracuse played a good game, but poor defense in the second half (Syracuse never could seem to get a stop), and absolutely horrific shot selection in the first half really doomed the Orange in this game.
Syracuse now waits for their fate from the selection committee on seed, destination, and opponent in the NCAA Tournament. I think SU is a 3 seed lock, but anything can happen. Selection Sunday is 6:00pm tonight on CBS. Tune in and check it out. We'll have full bracket analysis from John and I here at Orange::44 Monday evening. Congratulations to UConn, your 2011 Big East Tournament winners. I just threw up a little in my mouth.

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