Syracuse Upsets Top-Ranked Louisville, 70-68, in Wild Finish

Joe TanseyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2013

LOUISVILLE, KY - JANUARY 19: Peyton Siva #3 of the Louisville Cardinals takes the ball away from C.J. Fair #5 of the Syracuse Orange during the game at KFC Yum! Center on January 19, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Syracuse 70, Louisville 68, Final 

The marquee matchup of the college basketball weekend between the No. 6 Syracuse Orange (17-1, 5-0) and No. 1 Louisville Cardinals (16-2, 4-1) lived up to its full potential as a hard-fought Big East battle.

The two conference rivals played a close game throughout with the game being tied at halftime and tied going down to the final possession in the second half. 

The Orange, who were plagued by turnovers all game, came up with two big strips of Louisville guard Peyton Siva at the end of the game to clinch the victory.

Michael Carter-Williams, who was the biggest culprit of the turnover crime in the first half, came up with the most important play of the game when he stripped Siva and went down the court to slam home the winning basket.

Louisville becomes the second consecutive top-ranked team to lose and they will surely fall behind Syracuse in not only the Big East standings, but in the AP Top 25 as well. 

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