Originally written on Orange Fizz  |  Last updated 1/19/13

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 11: Rick Pitino the Head Coach of the Louisville Cardinals gives instructions to his team during the exhibition game against the Kentucky Wesleyan Panthers at the KFC Yum! Center on November 11, 2010 in Louisville, Kentucky. Louisville won 96-54. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Rick Pitino may get more national plaudits, but Jim Boeheim’s record against Slick Rick is a perfect 3-0 over the last two seasons after Syracuse escapes the Yum! Center with a dramatic 70-68 win. The Orange will likely take a few votes from Louisville, which had the #1 ranking before today. SU pulled it off without James Southerland, whose status is still up in the air. The game was somewhat reminiscent of the Orange’s win at UConn last year: a well played, back and forth game that ended with a Syracuse defensive stand and road victory. The obvious difference is that UConn was unranked while Louisville couldn’t have been ranked higher. Brandon Triche saved SU’s ass. Let’s call it like it is. Without Triche’s scoring in the first half, SU might’ve faced a serious deficit at the break. He was everything, with 18 points in 18 minutes. He came out and grabbed the game by the throat, asserting himself from the tip, and silencing the crowd that was on fire. Triche’s perfect half balanced...
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