Yelps of support and echoing applause greeted the voice booming over the loudspeakers Wednesday at the scheduled start of practice for the East Regional's fourth seed: ''Coached by Jim Boeheim, please welcome the Syracuse Orange!''
And ... nothing. No sign of Boeheim or any of his players. Not until 6 1/2 minutes later did they finally make their way onto the court they'll return to Thursday night to face No. 1 seed Indiana in the NCAA tournament's round of 16.
Syracuse never really did show up the last time it played a game at this arena: The Orange lost their Big East regular-season finale three weeks ago against host Georgetown 61-39, their fewest points since December 1962 and fourth loss in five games.
''I can't remember that game,'' Boeheim deadpanned Wednesday, face straight and arms crossed. ''Just can't remember.''
Maybe so. But since that disappointing performance, Syracuse (28-9) has gone on a run, winning five of its last six games to reach the Big East tournament fi...