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) #3: Syracuse “Steals” One From Louisville (1/9/2013)
Number Two: Syracuse Beats Marquette, Wins East Regional (3/30/2013)
This was a game that I don’t think any fan in the city of Syracuse expected to lose. The Orange had dropped a decision to the Golden Eagles earlier in the season in Wisconsin, in a game that saw a huge free throw disparity before Marquette won the game 74-71. This time around, Marquette was coming off of an absolute demolishing of the Miami Hurricanes, and the Golden Eagles appeared to be at their peak. Syracuse was coming off of a huge win over Indiana, with the confidence of the fan base at a high for the season to get the team to the Final Four.
In this game, the Syracuse zone absolutely destroyed the Marquette offense. The Golden Eagles scored just 39 points, the lowest offensive output in the shot clock era for a regional final game. The Orange forced 14 Marquette turnovers, including ten steals. Throw in seven blocks, and the game was never really in doubt. Michael Carter-Williams led the way for the Orange in the winning effort with 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and five steals. Carter-Williams was named the most outstanding player of the East Regional, and the Syracuse Orange punched their ticket to Atlanta to play in the Final Four.
This game was important for obvious reasons. While it is unfortunate that it was the last win of the season for Syracuse, it was a celebration that this team deserved. They could have very easily called it a season when they hit that rough patch, but they fought adversity to come back to beat Georgetown in their final Big East match up, and to follow that up with a run to the Final Four. The icing on top? Cutting down the Georgetown Hoya nets in the Verizon Center as the East Regional Champions. This is a game that Syracuse fans won’t forget for a long time, and something that the players can be very proud of.
Here is the Syracuse box score from the game, courtesy of ESPN:
|C.J. Fair, F||40||5-11||0-1||3-4||3||6||0||3||2||0||1||13|
|James Southerland, F||37||6-13||3-9||1-1||0||3||0||0||1||1||3||16|
|Rakeem Christmas, F||21||1-4||0-0||2-5||2||4||0||0||1||1||2||4|
|Michael Carter-Williams, G||37||4-9||1-1||3-5||0||8||6||5||1||1||0||12|
|Brandon Triche, G||35||3-10||1-5||2-2||1||6||3||0||0||1||0||9|
|Jerami Grant, F||3||0-1||0-0||1-2||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||1|
|Trevor Cooney, G||8||0-1||0-1||0-0||0||1||0||1||0||2||0||0|
|Baye Keita, C||19||0-1||0-0||0-0||1||3||0||0||2||0||5||0|