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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.

Brendan Glasheen (@BJ_Glash)

B.J. Johnson finally found his shooting touch -- and it couldn't have come at a better time for the Syracuse Orange.

With some of Syracuse's usual offensive options held in check, Johnson led all scorers with 19 points and the Orange beat No. 9/8 Notre Dame, 66-60, on the road on Tuesday night.  Syracuse improved to 18-10 on the season and 9-6 in ACC play.

Johnson lifted his team to its second top-12 win in a week on a night when many of his teammates sputtered or faced foul trouble.


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., 2013

The last two Syracuse point guards are both headed to Milwaukee as part of a three-team trade, according to an ESPN report.  Michael Carter-Williams and Tyler Ennis were traded to the Bucks on Thursday, along with center Miles Plumlee.  The ex-Orange stars will play for former point guard Jason Kidd, whose team has a 30-23 record this season and sits at sixth place in the Eastern Conference.