Syracuse v Miami

No. 2 Syracuse outlasts upset-minded Miami for second time in January


Syracuse remains unbeaten on the season and the No. 2 Orange have to be pleased that Miami is no longer on the ACC schedule until a potential match-up in the conference tournament in March.

After giving Syracuse a scare earlier in the month on the road, Miami gave the Orange another fight on Saturday as Syracuse held on for the 64-52 road win. The ACC win makes Syracuse 19-0 on the season and 6-0 in conference play.

The Orange jumped out to a 26-8 lead in the first half, but Miami clawed back to make it 31-26 game at halftime. In the second half, Syracuse could never manage to pull away until the final minutes, and it looked like Miami would be around for the remainder of the game after the Hurricanes took a 47-46 lead with 8:20 remaining on a Davon Reed three-point play.

But Syracuse managed to hold Miami to only five points the final 8:20 of the game as the Orange’s defense and rebounding (39-24 Syracuse rebound advantage) really stepped up in the last eight minutes of the game. Although he’s shot poorly during the ACC portion of the schedule, guard Trevor Cooney also hit a critical three-pointer with just over two minutes left to give Syracuse the 56-50 lead and the Orange were able to hold on from there.

Senior C.J. Fair paced Syracuse with 15 points and seven rebounds while Jerami Grant (eight rebounds) and Tyler Ennis (five rebounds, four assists) each chipped in 14 points. Cooney finished with 11 in the game.

Miami does a nice job of slowing the game down and limiting turnovers (five turnovers on Saturday) but they just don’t have the firepower to match the Orange. Reed led Miami with 16 points off of the bench while Rion Brown added 13 points.

VIDEO: Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has scary fall while carrying girl

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Kentucky’s ‘Dancing Guy’ has turned into a fan favorite at Rupp Arena.

Every home game, during one of the TV timeouts in the second half, ‘Mony Mony’ will come on, Dancing Guy will hop into the aisle and he’ll break it down like only a middle-aged white guy from Kentucky can.

As you can see, it didn’t quite go all that well for Dancing Guy on Tuesday night, as he tried to do a rail slide while holding a young, female fan and completely ate it.

Here’s another angle of the fall:

It looks much scarier that it actually was, as all reports indicate that everyone made it through the fall healthy.

No. 5 Xavier stumbles at Creighton, lose 70-54

Creighton's Cole Huff (13) and Toby Hegner, left, guard Xavier's Jalen Reynolds (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Omaha, Neb., Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Mo Watson went for a career-high 32 points, seven boards and five assists as Creighton jumped out to an early 21-4 lead and never looked back, beating No. 5 Xavier, 70-54, in Omaha on Tuesday night.


It was a massive win for the Bluejays, who still have an outside shot at earning an at-large bid this season. (We wrote all about that here.)

As well as Creighton played, the bigger story here may actually be Xavier, who lost for just the third time this season; they had been the only top ten team with just two losses to their name.

The issue for the Musketeers tonight was two-fold, but they both are a symptom of what could be an issue down the road for this team: Xavier doesn’t really have a true point guard.

They certainly didn’t have anyone to stop Watson. By the second half, they had essentially asked Reynolds, who was playing the middle of their 1-3-1 zone to matchup with Watson. It was weird but was actually somewhat effective.

The Musketeers also started out ice cold from the floor, missing 11 of their first 13 shots, and those misses led to leak outs from Bluejays, who got layups and open threes in transition to build that 17 point lead. Once Xavier got behind, it turned into scramble mode for Xavier. They forced shots early in the clock and didn’t start pounding the ball into the paint until it was too late. What they needed was someone to be able to settle things, to ensure that offensive would get initiated and sets would get executed when they were able to get the lead down to single digits.

That 1-for-19 shooting performance from beyond the arc certainly didn’t help matters, and neither did the fact that they got just nine field goals all game from players not named James Farr or Jalen Reynolds. The most frustrating part for head coach Chris Mack? They had good shots. It wasn’t like Creighton took away everything that Xavier wanted to do.

The kids just had one of those nights where nothing went down.

Those happen.

And when you combine them with a total inability to contain the opposing team’s point guard, what you get is a 16 point loss on the road against a team that was desperate to get a good win.