To celebrate Syracuse’s great basketball season, InsideTheLoudHouse will be counting down the ten best games of the year. Check back tomorrow for the next game in the installment!#10: Syracuse Gets Revenge Win Over Pittsburgh In Big East Tournament (3/14/2013) #9: Syracuse Sets Record In NCAA Tournament Win (3/21/2013) #8: Syracuse Wins Final Big East Game In The Carrier Dome (3/6/2013) #7: Number Seven: Southerland Scores 35 In Big East/SEC Challenge Road Win (11/30/2012) #6: “I’m on a boat!” Syracuse Blows Out San Diego State To Start The Season (11/11/2012) #5: The Syracuse Zone Shuts Down Indiana (3/28/2013) #4: Boeheim Passes Knight As Syracuse Blows Out Rutgers (1/2/2013)
Number Three: Syracuse “Steals” One From Louisville (1/19/2013)
This was a game that really made Syracuse fans believe that this team can contend for the National Championship. The Orange were ranked sixth in the nation at the time, but hadn’t played a ranked team to this point in the season aside from a San Diego State team that was completely overmatched. This was a game on the road, against the nation’s #1 ranked team who ended up winning the national championship. Louisville had made a run to the Final Four in the 2012 season, and the hype was there for the Cardinals to win the whole thing.
This was easily the most anticipated game of the week in college basketball, and it did not disappoint. Both teams made big plays throughout the contest, and the game went right down to the wire. Michael Carter-Williams made a steal and a dunk with 23 seconds remaining that put the Orange up by two. MCW then made a steal on the ensuing possession to seal the deal for Syracuse. Michael finished the game with seven assists 16 points, including 9 of the final eleven for the Orange.
MCW wasn’t the only player that played great in this one though. Brandon Triche went 9 for 13 from the field, finishing with 23 points to lead Syracuse in scoring. Triche was perfect from the field in the first half, and kept the Orange within striking distance until Carter-Williams made some clutch baskets down the stretch. This was without a doubt the signature win of the regular season for the Orange, and really showed the country that this team was legit.
Here is the Syracuse box score from the game, courtesy of ESPN:
|C.J. Fair, F||40||3-8||0-0||4-4||2||8||1||0||0||3||3||10|
|Rakeem Christmas, F||16||1-1||0-0||0-0||1||6||0||0||0||1||1||2|
|Brandon Triche, G||38||9-13||5-7||0-1||2||6||2||0||0||1||1||23|
|Michael Carter-Williams, G||38||4-13||2-7||6-8||0||4||7||4||2||8||4||16|
|DaJuan Coleman, F||10||1-2||0-0||1-2||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||3|
|Baye Keita, C||19||1-1||0-0||2-3||2||5||0||1||0||1||2||4|
|Trevor Cooney, G||4||1-1||0-0||0-0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||2|
|Jerami Grant, F||35||4-10||0-1||2-2||3||5||1||0||1||1||4||10|