Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim has to be impressed with his third-ranked Orange, no matter what he says in the heat of the moment.
After two, gritty two-point wins in a three-day span, at then-No. 1 Louisville on Saturday and at home on Monday against No. 21 Cincinnati, Syracuse sits alone atop the Big East standings.
The Orange have lost only once in 29 conference regular-season games in the past calendar year and have beaten their opponents this season by an average of 19.2 points. Winning two close games in a row is a good sign for a team that hasn't been tested too much.
Aside from a four-point loss to Temple at Madison Square Garden just before Christmas, Detroit gave Syracuse its biggest scare the night Boeheim won his 900th game. The Titans rallied from 20 points down in the final minutes before the Orange escaped with a 72-68 win, thanks in large part to 22 points from sharpshooting senior forward James Southerland.
''These guys have made plays in the games we've had, and ev...