During the slow season for college sports, Inside The Loud House is taking a look at the ten best moments from the 2011-2012 Syracuse Basketball Season. Check back for part II tomorrow!
NUMBER EIGHT: SYRACUSE SURVIVES THREE POINT BARRAGE EN ROUTE TO THE ELITE EIGHT. 3/22/2012
Syracuse survived a three point onslaught from the Wisconsin badgers 64-63 in the Sweet 16 on March 22, 2012. Wisconsin, which hit 14 of 27 three point attempts, gave the top seeded Orange everything they could handle, and Syracuse knew it. In the postgame press conference, Jim Boeheim gave unlimited amount of credit to the Badgers:
“I can’t tell you how good it feels to win a game like this,” Boeheim said. “This was a great, great game…. they have five guys that can shoot. There aren’t that many teams like that. I think that was the best game anybody has ever played against us and didn’t beat us,” Boeheim said.
CJ Fair put up 15 points for the Orange in what was undoubtedly his biggest performance of the season. The win also put Boeheim ahead of John Wooden for fifth all-time in NCAA Tournament victories.
This game was absolutely memorable because of the circumstances surrounding it. Wisconsin was a hot shooting team that matched up perfectly against the Syracuse 2-3 zone. Throw in the fact that Syracuse was playing without starting center Fab Melo who had eligibility issues, and the win is that much more impressive. The Orange would have a tough night a few days later against Ohio State, but as far as grind it out, gritty victories this one can definitely be written down as one of the best wins the program has ever seen.