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The Syracuse Orange (19-12 Overall, 9-9 ACC) face the Pittsburgh Panthers (20-10, 9-9) in the first-round of the ACC tournament at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. This will be the third meeting between the two teams, with Pittsburgh being victorious in the first two by scores of 72-61 and 66-52. This game is essentially a NCAA Tournament elimination game, as both teams find themselves right on the bubble for the big dance.

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Syracuse Facing Must-Win Situation Against Florida State

Mar 5, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange (19-11 overall, 9-8 ACC) head to Tallahassee to take on the Florida State Seminoles (17-12, 7-10) in the last regular season game of the season for the Orange. This is yet another must-win game for the Orange, as they look to put the clamp down on a berth to the NCAA Tournament.

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Syracuse Basketball Can't Afford a Loss to NC State

Feb 25, 2016
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The Syracuse Orange (18-10 overall, 8-7 ACC) will host the NC State Wolfpack (14-13, 4-10) in a critical game for the Orange at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. The Orange is coming off a tough home loss against Pittsburgh—a loss that severely hurt the Orange as far as a NCAA Tournament berth is concerned.

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Don’t call it a comeback. After starting ACC play 0-4, the Syracuse Orange (15-8 overall, 5-5 ACC) have stormed back, going 5-1 in their last six games to get to .500 in conference play. On Tuesday, the Orange take on the Virginia Tech Hokies (12-10, 4-5) in yet another critical conference matchup at the dome.

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For the first time in 21 games, Rakeem Christmas didn't score at least ten points.

For a change, it didn't matter.

Syracuse's leading scorer only had seven points, but four of his teammates scored in double figures and the Orange used its balanced scoring attack to roll over Boston College, 70-56, in an empty Conte Forum on Wednesday night.  The Orange completed a sweep on the season series against the Eagles, who lost their fifth conference game in a row.

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Not even another herculean effort by Trevor Cooney could save Syracuse this time.

The junior guard scored 28 points, but North Carolina pulled away in the second half for a 93-83 win in Chapel Hill over Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 ACC).  

"Trev shot the lights out the first half," Michael Gbinije said.  "It's tough. I thought we played our offense very well today and they just played better."

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Syracuse's first two ACC wins were filled with late drama, nail biting leads and last second shots that determined the outcome of the games.

The third one just featured a dominant performance from Trevor Cooney.

The junior guard scored a season-high 28 points, Rakeem Christmas notched his fifth double-double of the season and the Orange beat the Florida State Seminoles, 70-57, in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night.

The Syracuse Orange survived a second half scare from Virginia Tech and held on for a 68-66 win on Saturday in the opener of ACC play.  Here are five key takeaways from Syracuse's win that nearly wasn't.

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Cooney Carries Syracuse In Close Win Over LA Tech

Dec 14, 2014

  What a difference a week makes.

Trevor Cooney exploded for a team-high 25 points, saving the Orange from an embarrassing home loss to Louisiana Tech.   It was a season-high for Cooney, just eight days after scoring a season-low two points against St. John's.

In that game, Cooney made just 1-of-6 shots, missed all four threes and continued Syracuse's miserable year of outside shooting.  In this one, he shot 4-8 from behind-the-arc, while taking over ball handling duties at points in the game.

'Cuse Hoops Gears Up For Fordham

Nov 11, 2013
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Syracuse basketball (1-0) takes on the Fordham Rams (1-0) Tuesday night inside the Carrier Dome in its 2nd regular season contest. The Orange comes off an 82-60 win over Cornell in its season opener. Eighth-ranked SU was led by Trevor Cooney, who netted a career-high 27 points.

After his career game, Cooney admitted that it was easier to play knowing that he was staying in the game even if he missed one or two shots.