Found March 19, 2012 on Fox Sports:
It is not that far a leap from here to there. Just two games, 80 minutes of basketball between a season to forget and a lifetime memory. One good break, one big shot, and everything can change. Nobody who gets their name called on Selection Sunday is really that far removed from the Sweet 16. But it didn't really seem that way to N.C. State back on Feb. 25, at the end of a 72-69 overtime loss at Clemson. It was the Wolfpack's fourth straight loss, a tailspin that had started nine days earlier by blowing a 20-point lead at Duke. At that moment, the very notion of making the NCAA tournament seemed like a longshot. N.C. State hadn't defeated a top-25 team all season despite a multitude of chances. Its only real accomplishments were beating Texas back in November and sweeping ACC rival Miami, both of whom were on the bubble. With the loss to Clemson, it seemed the Wolfpack were headed off the NCAA cliff. "We played well enough to win the game. We just didn't,&quo...

Syracuse advances to Sweet 16 sans Fab Melo

When is does a #1 seeded team bust up brackets?  That is what the Syracuse Orange are starting to do after defeating Kansas State in the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Many people wanted to leave Jim Boheim’s team for dead after it was announced earlier in the week that 7ft center Fab Melo had been ruled ineligible to play in this years NCAA Tournament.  The Orange’s National...

No Melo, but Wisconsin wary of talented Syracuse

(Eds: Updates.) By CHRIS JENKINS AP Sports Writer First Syracuse lost center Fab Melo for the NCAA tournament because of an academic issue. Then the Orange barely hung on to beat No. 16 seed UNC-Asheville in the first round. There might never be a truly good time to run into a top-seeded, two-loss team - but if there was, this might be it. Just don't try selling that line of...

Syracuse Defeats Kansas State in Matchup of Teams Missing Ineligible Players

Just before tip-off of Saturday's game, the news broke that Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels would join Syracuse center Fab Melo on the list of ineligible players. While the Wildcats kept it close throughout the first half and even well into the second half, the No. 8 seed ultimately couldn't keep up with the No. 1 seed Orange over the last 10 minutes of play. Syracuse...

Kansas State's Jamar Samuels Ineligible to Play Against Syracuse

Syracuse center Fab Melo was already declared ineligible for the NCAA tournament, and occupied a lonely existence as the only big-name player to be forced out. Fortunately for Melo, he'll get some company as Kansas State forward Jamar Samuels was declared ineligible for KSU's game against the Orange on Saturday. Freshman Thomas Gibson got the start in his place.

Syracuse finds some redemption in win

If you're looking for a half of basketball that perfectly demonstrates the resilience of the Syracuse Orange during this wild, unpredictable season, pay close attention to the final 20 minutes of their 75-59 victory over Kansas State on Saturday. Throughout the first half, Syracuse more closely resembled the one-seed that barely squeaked by a 16-seed two days before than the...
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