I'm a few (OK... more than a few) days behind on this... but I had to record something on this blog about the incredible game between Syracuse and UConn at the Big East Conference Tournament last week.
I have been following the Orange since before Andy Rautins' dad, Leo, played for the team in the early 80's. I even remember Louis Orr playing for "Cuse back in the late 70's.
They have been a fun team to follow all these years with players like Rafael Addison, Pearl Washington, Stevie Thompson, Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, Ronnie Seikaly, Billy Owens... and of course Gerry McNamara, Hakim Warrick and Carmelo Anthony.
I remember being stunned by Indiana's Keith Smart and his winning baseline jumper as the Hoosiers beat the Orangemen 74-73 in the 1987 NCAA Championship game... after 'Cuse had never trailed the entire game. But redemption finally came when Hakim Warrick blocked the potential game-tying 3-pointer and secured the first ever NCAA Championship for Syracuse as they beat favored Kansas 81-78 in 2003.
I didn't think that could be topped, but the 2008-09 team did their best as Jonny Flynn and company battled through 6 OTs to beat UConn on Thursday night. It was definitely one of the best games I have ever experienced! Here are some highlights: