Friday, March 11, 2005

 

7 years in the making

Imagine if a team that has been one of the faces of its conference has only been to one conference tournament final in the last 12 years. Hasnt won the tournament in 13. Imagine if a team like Duke or North Carolina waited that long to win a conference tournamen. Well that scenario exists.
It exists in Syracuse. Jim Boeheim help start the Big East as a power. He's won a national title, but Jim Calhoun and the Huskies have passed him and the Orange as the superior national power. They've won two national titles. They've been to 7 Big East tournament finals since the last time Syracuse won. They've won 4 titles since the last time SU went to the BE tournament final, a game which UConn won. They've dominated SU in recent years. They are the new face of Big East basketball and theres only one way to stop it.
Tonight's the night at the Garden. Tonight is the night that all of SU's nightmares in recent years at the Garden need to come to an end. It's worked out for the Orange. Gerry McNamara and Hakim Warrick played their least minutes of the year in last night's trouncing of Rutgers, playing only 32 and 33 minutes respectively. UConn had a hard fought win over Georgetown. SU should be fresher. SU should be hungrier. The SU seniors should want this to cement themselves as not only the only class with a national championship, but as a class that broke the long Big East Tournament drought.
They need to keep the Huskies from playing volleyball with the ball down low. They need GMac to play like he did last night. No more excuses for this bunch. They were picked as the Preseason team to beat and tonight they must play that way. This team has the talent to do it. They have the talent to make this night as memorable as the night Ryan Blackwell hit a buzzer beating jumper to beat St. John's. The Sophomores have played well and they need to keep it up. No hanging heads tonight. Its not every day you get a chance to atone for an embarassing performance. Tonight is that night. Tonight Syracuse University can show that they have something left and that the Big East is rightfully theirs.
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