Syracuse Basketball

This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, we have stories highlighting both the player and fan experience. First we will hear from WAER's Connor Morrisette as he introduces us to an SU Superfan. 

After that Paul Mancano gives us some insight into the past of Freshman Taurean Thompson and how he found his way to Syracuse University.

The Syracuse Orange (16-12, 8-7) were in a familiar position in the last minute of Sunday's sellout game in Atlanta. Unfortunately for coach Boeheim and the Orange, now just 2-7 on the road this year, the 71-65 loss was a familiar sight as well.

At the beginning of this year, Syracuse (16-11, 8-6) was the nineteenth ranked team in the country according to the AP Poll and seemed poised to build off an incredible Final Four run from a year ago. Now, in the middle of February, the Orange head to the Peach State to face a dangerous Georgia Tech (15-11, 6-7) team, needing a win to keep hopes of returning to March Madness alive.

It took overtime to decide the ACC bout between Louisville (21-5, 9-4) and Syracuse (16-11, 8-6) resulting in a 76-72 thrilling winning for the Cardinals.  Syracuse managed to force the overtime after being down 7 with less the 3:00 minutes to play.  In fact the Orange had the ball with a shot to win, but lost it out of bounds. 

The team also had a chance to win or tie in overtime, with the ball down 2.  Andrew White missed a long 3-pointer, but Tyler Roberson corralled the rebound and was fouled.  But he could not sink the free throws to tie the game. 

Syracuse Basketball Look to Stretch Streak to Six

Feb 10, 2017

With five straight conference wins, Syracuse (16-9, 8-4) travels to the Steel City for a showdown with Pittsburgh (13-11, 2-9). Currently at opposite ends of the conference, this seems like a favorable matchup for the Orange. 'Cuse also won the previous game between the two in a 77-66 win back in early January.

Freshman guard Tyus Battle swished in a three-pointer as time expired to give Syracuse (16-9, 8-4) their fifth straight win Tuesday night.

After starting the season 0-5 on the road, the Orange outlasted the Clemson Tigers (13-10, 3-8) for their second straight road win. Syracuse trailed for the majority of the second half before Battle hit the game-winner from the corner to steal the 82-81 victory.

Two weeks ago, Syracuse (15-9, 7-4) was dead in the water at 11-9 after losing three out of four and still seeking its first road win. Fast forward two weeks and the Orange is on fire with a four-game winning streak featuring two wins over top-10 ranked opponents and the team's first road victory. 

All of that could be undone though with a loss to Clemson (13-9, 3-7) on Tuesday.

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After losing their top 3 scorers last year, 2 were NBA draft picks and one started over 100 games with the team, Syracuse can be even more fun to watch than they were when they made it to the Elite Eight. Here’s why:

Explosive, Proven Scoring

Syracuse Faces North Carolina in Final Four

Mar 31, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange will look to continue their magical March run, as they face Roy Williams and the North Carolina Tar Heels for the third time this season at NRG Stadium in Houston. The Orange, fresh off an epic comeback against No. 1 seed Virginia in the Elite Eight, is the first No. 10 seed to make the Final Four in NCAA Tournament history.

Prior Meetings

1/13/16 at the Carrier Dome

North Carolina defeats Syracuse 84-73.

Leading scorers: UNC- Isaiah Hicks, 21 points. Syracuse- Trevor Cooney, 27 points