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07:36 AM ET 02.21 | Until Wednesday night at the Carrier Dome, everything had been moving along just fine for Syracuse -- but it picked a bad time to lose its first game. ... The loss also comes as Syracuse is about to end the regular season with the toughest set of games in the country. Syracuse will play four of its last five regular-season games on the road, beginning with Saturday's game at No. 5 Duke. The Orange is the only major conference team in the country that will finish the season with four road games in its last five games. That includes teams in the ACC, the SEC, the Big Ten, the Big 12, the Big East, the American Athletic Conference and the Pac-12. That means out of the 83 teams in those seven major conferences, Syracuse is the only one that will play away from home in four of its last five games.

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February 21, 2014  07:43 AM ET

There is a L next to that name and that is good for them entering March. Don't want to go into March with a bagel.

February 21, 2014  08:42 AM ET

Yeah, they don't want to be like 76' Indiana or the 72' & 73' Bruins - they don't have the talent so no need to even speculate.

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February 21, 2014  08:55 AM ET
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Yeah, they don't want to be like 76' Indiana or the 72' & 73' Bruins - they don't have the talent so no need to even speculate.

You are correct. And I have watched every one of their games this year.

February 21, 2014  09:15 AM ET

BIG game on Saturday. Duke will be in a foul mood after losing @ UNC last night. I hope the game is 1/2 as good as the last time these 2 teams got together, and I expect Syracuse to have loss #2 when it's over

February 21, 2014  09:21 AM ET

I've got a tougher road than that. Highway 80 between Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. Much tougher road.

February 21, 2014  09:27 AM ET

win out and no one will remember that 1 loss also like some one above stated i'd much rather go into tourney time with a loss than no losses....

February 21, 2014  10:12 AM ET
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Yeah, they don't want to be like 76' Indiana or the 72' & 73' Bruins - they don't have the talent so no need to even speculate.

Pick any top 25 team from that era and they'd beat the snot out of today's #1 seeds. Those teams were loaded with experience and senior leadership. Today's teams are loaded with 1st and 2nd year players who are poorly coached in the fundamentals of the game.

February 21, 2014  11:10 AM ET
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Pick any top 25 team from that era and they'd beat the snot out of today's #1 seeds. Those teams were loaded with experience and senior leadership. Today's teams are loaded with 1st and 2nd year players who are poorly coached in the fundamentals of the game.

I disagree with poorly coached. Some of the coaches are the same coaches. Look at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim has been at Syracuse for 37 years. How about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Steve Alford and Tubby Smith (524 wins seems like a lot for him that is what he has)? There are some great young coaches all over the country and some even come with great blood lines like John Thompson III and Richard Pitino.

This biggest difference between now and before is the talent is more spread out across the country. There is no way a Butler type school gets to back to back national championship games 20 years ago. There is no way Creighton would have he player of the year on their team 30 years ago.

February 21, 2014  11:24 AM ET

Dump that Orange mascot, and bring back the Saltine Warrior, drum and all....they just need some motivation. Who wants to win for an orange?

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February 21, 2014  01:17 PM ET
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Dump that Orange mascot, and bring back the Saltine Warrior, drum and all....they just need some motivation. Who wants to win for an orange?

Well that ESPN commercial mock fight between the Syracuse Orange and the Stanford Tree was pretty comical....

February 21, 2014  02:19 PM ET
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Well that ESPN commercial mock fight between the Syracuse Orange and the Stanford Tree was pretty comical....

I will give you that much.

February 21, 2014  02:21 PM ET
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I disagree with poorly coached. Some of the coaches are the same coaches. Look at Syracuse, Jim Boeheim has been at Syracuse for 37 years. How about Roy Williams, Rick Pitino, Billy Donovan, Steve Alford and Tubby Smith (524 wins seems like a lot for him that is what he has)? There are some great young coaches all over the country and some even come with great blood lines like John Thompson III and Richard Pitino. This biggest difference between now and before is the talent is more spread out across the country. There is no way a Butler type school gets to back to back national championship games 20 years ago. There is no way Creighton would have he player of the year on their team 30 years ago.

I wasn't refering to college coaching. College coaches are some of the best in the business. However the kids are coming to college less fundamentally trained than ever.

I was refering to AAU coaching these kids receive which is not focused on fundamentals it's focused on NBA drills. Most of these kids don't know how to effectively hand check or jump stop because it doesn't fit the NBA's version of streetball. I'm sure their high school coaches tried teaching some defense but once the AAU guys take over the focus changes to running, driving, dunking, layp lines, and playing tournaments against other cobbled-together AAU teams.

The AAU coaches convince these kids they'll teach them what they need to succeed in the NBA and they have better connections to the college recruiters because college basketball recruiting has become a AAU bribefest.

February 21, 2014  03:48 PM ET
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I've got a tougher road than that. Highway 80 between Montgomery and Tuscaloosa. Much tougher road.

Are you referring to US 82?

February 21, 2014  03:51 PM ET
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Are you referring to US 82?

Centreville, a real nice place to raise your kids up...

February 21, 2014  03:51 PM ET
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I wasn't refering to college coaching. College coaches are some of the best in the business. However the kids are coming to college less fundamentally trained than ever.I was refering to AAU coaching these kids receive which is not focused on fundamentals it's focused on NBA drills. Most of these kids don't know how to effectively hand check or jump stop because it doesn't fit the NBA's version of streetball. I'm sure their high school coaches tried teaching some defense but once the AAU guys take over the focus changes to running, driving, dunking, layp lines, and playing tournaments against other cobbled-together AAU teams.The AAU coaches convince these kids they'll teach them what they need to succeed in the NBA and they have better connections to the college recruiters because college basketball recruiting has become a AAU bribefest.

Well done. And it is why NBA ratings are down once more. Not just because the big markets like LA and NY have terrible teams, but because it is not good basketball.

February 21, 2014  03:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Dump that Orange mascot, and bring back the Saltine Warrior, drum and all....they just need some motivation. Who wants to win for an orange?

Especially, one the wrong shade...

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February 21, 2014  07:16 PM ET

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