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By John R. Bolton
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Topic - James Southerland
He and the Orange have officially walked away from the Big East — and those heated rivalries — and entered the Atlantic Coast Conference, where Duke will become the new Georgetown on the schedule.
In the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 on Thursday, the benefits of the zone defense were on full display. As fourth-seeded Syracuse claimed a spot in the Elite Eight with a 61-50 upset over top-seeded Indiana, the undersized Hoosiers were suffocated by the Orange's length and athleticism.
The Orange held top-seeded Georgetown (25-6) to 22 percent shooting from 3-point range with their trademark 2-3 zone and got a big game from their bench to avenge two previous losses to the Hoyas this season.
Porter's incredible play stopped the Orange's 38-game winning streak in the Carrier Dome, the longest in Division I, and it came in front of a disappointed record crowd of 35,012, the largest ever to see a college basketball on campus. It was the fewest points scored by Syracuse in the Carrier Dome.
With his wife, Juli, looking on at the postgame press conference and his young children close by, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's final remarks were not about his milestone 900th career victory.
The strong wind whipped the American flag and dozens of signal flags on the island of the USS Midway, giving No. 9 Syracuse and No. 20 San Diego State an idea of what it could be like playing Sunday afternoon on the flight deck of the decommissioned aircraft carrier.
The sighs were audible from the Syracuse fans. So were the complaints from those rooting for North Carolina-Asheville.
Syracuse and Connecticut had another memorable meeting in the Big East tournament.
Playing for the first time since assistant coach Bernie Fine was fired, No. 4 Syracuse remained unbeaten with an 84-48 victory over Eastern Michigan on Tuesday night.
Syracuse's promising season ended abruptly when the 12th-ranked Orange were bounced from the NCAA tournament by Big East rival Marquette.
"It's tough," Syracuse forward James Southerland said. "One thing they don't see is how long we are until they approach us."
"It felt like an outdoor court in New York City; it's just there's a little less wind there," said Orange forward James Southerland. "With a great view, of course. I like the view."