- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Seen and heard last night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y.:
BACK SPASMS Wesley Wilson, Georgetown's ineffective 6-foot-11 center, did not accompany the team. According to team officials, Wilson developed back spasms following Sunday's practice in Chicago. Wilson returned to Washington yesterday to see a back specialist. Six-foot-8 senior Victor Samnick started for Wilson. Wilson has been a major disappointment this season for the Hoyas. Wilson is averaging just 6.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game. His production has dropped radically from last season when he averaged 12.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
PLAYING HOST TO THE FINAL FOUR For years, the Carrier Dome has been pushing to play host to a Final Four, but a lack of hotel space in Syracuse's downtown area is holding back the school's bid. On 54 occasions, the Dome has housed basketball crowds of 30,000 or more. Fourteen of those 54 sellouts have showed up to see Georgetown over the years.
FAMILY AFFAIR Syracuse shooting guard Kueth Duany's sister, Nok Duany, plays forward for the Georgetown women's basketball team. Over the past four summers, Kueth would spend time in the District with his sister and other family members. During his stays, Kueth played pickup games with many of the current Hoyas and intimately knows their games.
SWEETNEY TRYING TO MAKE HISTORY Only one player in Big East history has led the league in both scoring and rebounding Notre Dame's Troy Murphy, who averaged 21.7 points and 10.3 rebounds in 1999-2000. Georgetown's Mike Sweetney could become the second. Entering the game, Sweetney led the Big East in rebounding (11.4) and was second in scoring (25.0) to St. John's guard Marcus Hatten, who has averaged 25.1.
ICEMAN COMETH Jeremy McNeil's heroics in the waning seconds of Syracuse's 67-65 upset of then-No. 2 Pittsburgh on Saturday are worth revisiting because McNeil is such a poor free throw shooter. He came into the Pittsburgh game at 28.6 percent from the line, but with 47 seconds left on the clock, McNeil buried two free throws to tie the game at 65-65. McNeil wasn't done. Syracuse's backup center/forward followed up a Gerry McNamara miss with three seconds left to seal Syracuse's win.
"If I had to say at that time what's going to happen and was forced to make a prediction … he doesn't make [free throws] in practice," Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim told the Syracuse Post-Standard. "We shoot at the end of practice every day, a one-and-one. And Jeremy has never made a one-and-one yet in the entire time he's been here. So I don't think that would lead you to have a lot of confidence in that situation."
Ken Wright

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