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USF also looking to go 3-0 on Saturday

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There is plenty of hype about Saturday’s game between No. 2 Florida State versus No. 10 Louisville. While far fewer are pointing to the USF Bulls’ attempt to take down another ACC team later on Saturday, it promises to be an interesting game. The Bulls are in upstate New York in search of a 3-0 record. Providing the opposition is the Syracuse Orange, a team coming off a humiliating 62-28 home defeat at the hands of Louisville. USF is a…

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Don’t blame UConn women for their hoops success

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On Tuesday night, the University of Connecticut Lady Huskies go for a number of jaw-dropping records. Most importantly, they will seek to beat the Syracuse Orange for the NCAA Championship. A victory will wrap up their 11th national title and fourth in succession. They would finish the year at 38-0, marking the fifth perfect season. All of their wins have been by double digits. They are on a 73-game winning streak, second only to the 90-game streak they set a…

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Tar Heels cruise by Orange; will play Villanova for title

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The North Carolina Tar Heels earned their place in the national championship game with an 83-66 victory over Syracuse on Saturday. The Tar Heels wore down a pesky Orange team at NRG Stadium in Houston and earned their place against the Villanova Wildcats. North Carolina’s tall and strong front line made up for off-target long-range shooting. While the Tar Heels shot only four of 17 from three-point range, they were 35 for 65 overall, many on layups, dunks and put-back.…

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Final 4 foes Orange, ‘Heels share a room in NCAA doghouse

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Syracuse and North Carolina will square off in Saturday’s second game of the NCAA men’s Final Four. Both coaches, Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and North Carolina’s Roy Williams, have enjoyed the high of winning it all. They have also endured the low of having their basketball programs under investigation by the NCAA. Fortunately for the fans, the legal aspect of NCAA rule compliance will take a back seat on Saturday. Instead, the focus will be complying with on-court rules such as…

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Final Four coaches learned under some of the greats

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The Final Four often brings at least one young head coach to the big stage for the first time. Some recent examples include Brad Stevens, who brought Butler to a surprising appearance in the title game in 2010 at the age of 33. Shaka Smart, also 33, led Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) to the Final Four in 2011. In 2000, Billy Donovan, then only 34, took the Florida Gators to the championship game. This year, all four coaches are seasoned veterans.…

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Syracuse shocks Virginia with huge second half comeback

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Sunday’s Midwest Regional final was one of those games that define March Madness. Just when it looks like one team is cruising to the Final Four, the other makes a miraculous comeback. The Syracuse Orange rode a 29-8 run over the final 9:33 to upset ACC foe Virginia, 68-62 in Chicago to steal the Final Four berth. The tenth-seeded Orange played a nearly flawless second half to overhaul the top-seeded Cavaliers and send them home wondering what happened. Syracuse did…

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ACC trots out 4 more teams in Friday NCAA action

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After coming up empty on Thursday, the ACC will try to get at least one of their teams into the Elite 8 of the NCAA Tournament. Oregon ended Duke’s season in the West Regional, while Villanova routed Miami in the South Regional. Former ACC stalwart Maryland was sent home by Kansas in the South. The conference has better odds on Friday. Two of the tournament’s top seeds will be in action. Virginia takes on fourth-seeded Iowa State in the Midwest…

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