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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - James Southerland
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed forward James Southerland for the final four games of the season, starting with Friday night's contest at Oklahoma City.
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.
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.
Syracuse and Connecticut had another memorable meeting in the Big East tournament.
"It felt really great out there, especially being at home and all," he said of playing in front of a sellout crowd of 20,057. "I missed my first two shots. The first one I felt was good, the second one was kind of rushed. It's good my teammates are here for me, they're not giving up on me just because I missed two shots, and it feels good. It was a great atmosphere."
"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."