Malcolm Brogdon scored eight of his 19 points during a decisive second-half run and No. 12 Virginia clinched the top seed in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament by beating No. 4 Syracuse 75-56 on Saturday.
The Florida Gators are taking their turn as the newest No. 1 in what coach Billy Donovan calls a revolving door atop the AP college basketball poll.
Syracuse, off to the best start in school history, is the first unanimous No. 1 in The Associated Press college basketball poll since Duke was for six weeks in 2010-11.
Syracuse (19-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) need one more victory to tie the school record for most wins to start a season, set two years ago.
Trevor Cooney scored 21 points, Tyler Ennis had 20 and C.J. Fair added 17 Saturday as the undefeated Syracuse topped No. 8 Villanova 78-62.
Orange duo C.J. Fair and Tyler Ennis both scored 21 points, and No. 2 Syracuse pulled out a 68-63 victory over St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden.
The Syracuse Orange lost a 17-16 heartbreaker to Pitt on Saturday at the Carrier Dome.
Jerome Smith ran for 118 yards and two touchdowns as Syracuse put in a strong defensive effort to beat error-prone Maryland 20-3 Saturday.
The Syracuse ground game got the job done by rushing for 362 yards in the Orange’s 24-10 victory over NC State.
Give Durell Eskridge credit. Even as No. 3 Clemson prepares to make a trip to Syracuse, the Orange free safety is unfazed. And he believes his teammates aren’t either.
“That’s really the most idiotic suggestion of all time,” Boeheim said. “I don’t believe players should be paid. I believe they are getting a tremendous opportunity.”
Christian Hackenberg threw two touchdown passes in his first college game and the freshman led Penn State to 23-17 victory against Syracuse on Saturday.
The New York Giants have signed first-round draft pick offensive tackle Justin Pugh and his Syracuse teammate, quarterback Ryan Nassib, a fourth-rounder.
July 1 is moving day for schools switching conferences all over the country, including Syracuse who switched to the ACC.
The Philadelphia 76ers have selected Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams with the 11th pick in the NBA draft.