As most of the March Madness games have been this year, this game did not disappoint and congratulations to the Syracuse Orange! As the Syracuse Orange team packs their bags and heads off to the Final Four, let’s take a look at how these teams got here.
In this Regional Final, the Syracuse Orange took on the Marquette Golden Eagles from the Verizon Center in Washington, DC today. Marquette made its seventh trip to the elite Eight after having beaten Miami, 71-61, which Syracuse had made its ninth appearance after beating Indiana, 61-50.
Syracuse started 18-1 this season, then lost 7 of its last 12 regular season games, causing some to be very concerned around Orange Nation. Syracuse then ultimately advanced to the Big East Conference tournament title game, where they lost to Louisville.
The fourth seeded Orange then opened this NCAA tournament by hitting up Montana 81-34, then beat Cal 66-60. Thursday night the Orange knocked off top-seeded Indiana 61-50. Which although exciting for the team, may have destroyed many people brackets.
On the other side of this match-up Marquette won six of its last seven games to finish up the regular season, declaring a share of first place in the Big East Conference standings. Unfortunately, then the Eagles then lost their first game in the Big East Conference tournament to Notre Dame.
Coming off a week off, Marquette needed an immediate comeback to take out Davidson in its first game in the Big Dance 59-58. And then only a few days later the Eagles had to put up a tough 74-72 victory over Butler.
Thursday night Marquette jumped on the second-seeded Miami, having a 13-point lead at the half and coasting to a 71-61 victory that was nowhere near as close as that final score might indicate.
These teams met once earlier this season, back on Feb. 25, the Warriors coming away with a 74-71 victory in Milwaukee as two-point home dogs. Syracuse led for most of the first 30 minutes of that game, but Marquette went on a 19-4 run to take a lead, then iced the victory by going nine-for-12 from the line in the final minute and a half.
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