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The Syracuse offense could only score one touchdown during the team's annual Spring Game on Saturday against a defense that lost seven starters to graduation. 

The day began with a 6-on-7 skeleton drill and some special teams work, but most of the time was spent on live scrimmaging.

Here are a few takeaways from that scrimmage:

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How are Syracuse Businesses Preparing for NCAA Basketball?

Mar 26, 2015
John Smith

Syracuse businesses are getting ready to host thousands of out-of-town basketball fans who have come to Central New York for the NCAA Tournament.  The Carrier Dome hosts the East regional finals on Friday night and many local businesses are making some last minute preparations.

Emily Whealan, a manager at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, said that includes preparing more food and using a large screen projector to show the games. 

LISTEN: #1 Syracuse crushes #4 Duke 19-7

Mar 23, 2015
Varun Raghupathi

Syracuse Men's Lacrosse improved to 7-0 in convincing fashion over the weekend. SU handed Duke a 19-7 loss in the Carrier Dome.

Syracuse, who is currently #1 in all college lacrosse polls, got up on the two time defending national champions 5-0 in the first quarter and did not look back. At one point in the third quarter, the Orange had extended its lead to 16-2.

You can listen to WAER's Highlights from the big victory right here: 

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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.

For a change, getting to the NCAA Tournament isn't a cause for celebration for Quentin Hillsman or his Syracuse women's basketball team.

The Orange earned a No. 8 seed in the Greensboro region and returns to the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row, a new program record.  Syracuse will face the ninth-seeded Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday night in Columbia, South Carolina in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

"It’s big for the program," junior guard Brianna Butler said on returning to the NCAA Tournament. "It’s big for the school and big for our team."

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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.

The NCAA has suspended Jim Boeheim for the first nine ACC games of next season and will remove basketball scholarships over the next four years for Boeheim's inability to "monitor his program", according to a 94-page report released on Friday from the Division I Committee on Infractions.

The program will lose three scholarships in each of the next four seasons.

Evan Weston

For the first ten minutes of the game, the No. 2 Virginia Cavaliers couldn't do anything against the Syracuse zone.

Hit open jumpers. Make simple passes. Or even get out of their own way.

In the final thirty minutes of the game, they couldn't be stopped. 

Even in a game when Virginia scored just two points in nearly the first 14 minutes of the game, they escaped with a comfortable victory.  The defensive-minded Cavaliers and head coach Tony Bennett shut down the Orange (18-12, 9-8 ACC) for a 59-47 win in the Carrier Dome, spoiling Rakeem Christmas' farewell tour. 

Eric Gallanty

The arena was filled from top to bottom with Duke fans, anticipating another instant classic against their team's newest rival.

The problem was, Syracuse didn't come ready for another prize fight.

The Syracuse offense was no match for the swarming Duke defense.  The Orange (18-11, 9-7 ACC) shot a season-low 30.6 percent from the field and fell flat in Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 73-54 defeat on Saturday night.  

"You've got to make shots to beat or to be in the game with the fourth ranked team in the country," Jim Boeheim said.

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