Focused Michael Carter-Williams is rising above off-court adversity and playing a leading role for the Syracuse Orange.
C.J. Fair broke out of a scoring slump with 15 points and top-seeded Syracuse held on for a 64-63 victory over fourth-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday night in the East Regional semifinals.
Scoop Jardine’s 16 points helped lead the #1 seed Syracuse defeat the Kansas State Wildcats, 75-59. The Orange advance onto Sweet Sixteen.
Kris Joseph, a 6-foot-7 small forward, leads Syracuse in scoring, averaging 13.8 points and nearly five rebounds, and is tied for second on the team in steals.
Syracuse Orange edged out Rutgers on Sunday afternoon, 74-64. The Orange improve to 27-1.
Deep inside, Jardine probably won’t ever change. He’s still the same guy who once threw a half-court, alley-oop pass in a high school playoff game that clicked, propelling his team to a lopsided victory.
Jardine hit three 3-pointers and a layup in the closing minutes to break open a tense game, finishing with a season-high 21 points to lift the second-ranked Orange to an 85-67 victory over slumping Connecticut on Saturday.
Syracuse’s outstanding depth has been without question their biggest strength this season and the major reason why the Orange are 23-1 and a likely lock for a number one seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Kemba Walker had 33 points and 12 rebounds in another phenomenal performance and the No. 21 Huskies held off No. 11 Syracuse 76-71 in overtime Friday night in the Big East tournament semifinals.
Swoon? What swoon? Syracuse point guard Scoop Jardine and the rest of the No. 11 Orange have forgotten all about an uncharacteristic skid that began in mid-January and sent them from No. 3 to No. 17 in a span of two weeks.
Jackson didn’t get his 18th double-double of the season Saturday, but he did OK with 14 points, seven rebounds and four blocks as No. 12 Syracuse overwhelmed DePaul 107-59, the most lopsided game in Big East history.
Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim is in a good place as he starts his 35th season as coach at his alma mater — he has a seemingly endless well of talent.