But first, Tyus Battle had already done a whole lot for Syracuse University basketball after his first two seasons. Now in his junior year, he's being asked to do even more.
After a prolific first half start, Syracuse could not keep pace with the Tar Heels in the final 20 minutes. The Orange took a three point lead into the locker room at halftime, but a 50 point second half outburst from North Carolina proved to be too much.
AfterCoach Boeheim had struck a pedestrian with his car, it was uncertain if he would coach onSaturday.
The Orange might be short handed on the coaching staff, Duke will be shorthanded on the bench. Syracuse welcomed 22 Florida State to the Carrier Dome in the 11th matchup between to the two schools, and it did not go well.
It felt as if the game was divided in three: FSU dominating the first 15 minutes, Syracuse dominating the next 15 minutes, and then FSU, once again, dominating the last ten minutes. Coming off back-to-back wins, Cuse welcomes a Noles team that is riding a three game win streak of their own.
Jim Boeheim's squad beat the Panthers less than two weeks ago and two of Pitt's key pieces missed practice Thursday. Despite that, just as you can't count 'Cuse out of any games this year, you also can't pencil any wins in on the schedule until they happen.
Coming off a road upset of Duke and a home win against Pittsburgh, Syracuse enters the game sitting at in conference play, good enough for a tie for second place in the ACC.
The Orange have predictably been led by guard Tyus Battle. Syracuse , came into the game with all the confidence in the world and it showed, as the defense held Pittsburgh , to just 63 points in the second straight win for the Orange. Meanwhile, the Panthers were coming off an impressive victory themselves, defeating No.
With 18 ties and 13 lead changes over the course of the game, the showdown will live long in the memories of those who bleed orange.