(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN KEKIS AP Sports Writer Nothing distracts Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Controversy? Rumors? Negative headlines? No matter. All Boeheim has done is lift the Orange into the round of 16 for the fourth time in five years.
And for the second straight year, Boeheim has had to deal with off-court distractions related to academics. The team has responded by winning 62 of 74 games over two seasons.
Now the fourth-seeded Orange (28-9) get to face top-seeded Indiana (29-6) in the semifinals of the East Regional on Thursday in Washington, D.C.
''This is a difficult tournament,'' said Boeheim, fourth all-time with 50 tournament wins, behind Mike Krzyzewski (81), Dean Smith (65) and Roy Williams (60). ''I'm more concerned about the travel and the wear. It's difficult. There's no question about that.''
The NCAA selection committee did Syracuse no favors, making the Orange the only top-four seed to be sent cross-country - to San Jose, Calif. - for the opening week...