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Tourism Officials Welcome NCAA Tournament Basketball Fans

Mar 25, 2015
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  College basketball fans from all over the country will be coming to Syracuse this weekend for the next two rounds of the NCAA men’s division one tournament.  The east regional sweet sixteen and elite eight will be played at the Carrier Dome.  A local organizing committee has been preparing for the event since last fall. vice president of sales and services for visit Syracuse Tracey Burke says the organization has been working to make sure visitors feel welcome.

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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was remorseful about NCAA sanctions, but relentless in defending his character and integrity during an hour-long press conference on Thursday.

It was his first media appearance since the NCAA released a 94-page report detailing violations that spanned more than decade in the Syracuse athletics department.  Boeheim began with a personal apology, saying that the head coach has to take responsibility for anyone in the program who commits violations.

It's still going to get uglier before it gets better, Syracuse University sports fans.

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Jim Boeheim and the Syracuse Orange knew that, win or loss, their season would come to an end.

Their opponent, the NC State Wolfpack, knew that their NCAA Tournament chances could come to an end with a loss.

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Syracuse University Kent Syverud disputed some of the findings in an NCAA report, including the allegation over a lack of institutional control in the school's athletic department.

The NCAA found that Jim Boeheim failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance.  The report indicated that Boeheim didn't do enough to monitor his staff and make sure his team followed NCAA rules.

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  Syracuse University suffered sanctions that could cripple basketball recruiting and competitiveness for years, after the NCAA announced the result of a years-long investigation today.  The top sanctions include the loss of three scholarships for four years in the Men's Basketball Program.  Coach Jim Boeheim will also be suspended nine games next season.

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Syracuse kept chipping away at Pittsburgh's nine point lead, turning another disappointing showing into a dramatic comeback.

But like so often this season for the Orange, it came up just a little bit short.

A last minute comeback was derailed by a illegal screen call on Rakeem Christmas with 35.1 seconds left and the Pittsburgh Panthers escaped the Carrier Dome with a 65-61 win to sweep the season series and bolster their NCAA Tournament resume.

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Welcome back, Rakeem Christmas.

Christmas bounced back from his worst two-game stretch of the season and scored 29 points against No. 12 Louisville and had eight rebounds and four blocks.  It helped Syracuse get its first win of the season against a top 25 opponent, a 69-59 victory in the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night.  Coming into the game, the Orange was 0-4 against ranked teams this season.

"I was just getting the ball in the post and getting to the basket," Christmas said.  "We were wearing down their defense just getting to the basket and drawing a lot of fouls."

Syracuse University has self-imposed a one-year, postseason ban for the men's basketball 2014-15 season, according to a press release from Chancellor Kent Syverud on Wednesday evening.

The ban is part of an ongoing investigation between the university and the NCAA's Committee on Infractions.  It includes the ACC Tournament, the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.  The university said it told the NCAA about the ban before making the announcement to the public.

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Michael Gbinije froze in his place when he wasn't able to blow past Devin Wilson, who draped all over him on the biggest possession of the game.  But like Syracuse, Gbinije didn't panic as he used his pivot foot to slide to his right and create enough separation to put up the soft floater that would decide the game.

The Syracuse Orange, improbably, stormed back late in the second half to stun the Virginia Tech Hokies and a jubilant Carrier Dome crowd.

"This comeback ranks up there with any that I've ever been a part of," Jim Boeheim said.

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