Syracuse Upsets Top-Ranked Louisville, 70-68, in Wild Finish
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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Syracuse 70, Louisville 68 FINAL!
Louisville turns the ball over on their final two possessions.
We will have a new number one team in the country on Monday.
Syracuse 69, Louisville 68 (0:21 Second Half)
Carter-Williams makes a steal and gives Syracuse the lead with a thunderous slam dunk.
Louisville 68, Syracuse 67 (0:47 Second Half)
Carter-Williams makes one of his two free throws.
Louisville in possession with 24 seconds on shot clock, they just called their final timeout.
Russ Smith puts the Cardinals ahead by 2.
Russtastic has 25 points. Cards up 2 under 2 mins to go.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 19, 2013
Louisville 66, Syracuse 66 (2:24 Second Half)
After missing three straight three-pointers and somehow pulling down offensive rebounds on each shot, Siva drives through the middle and finds Behanan to tie up the game.
Syracuse 66, Louisville 64 (3:40 Second Half)
Rick Pitino has ordered his team to go back to the full court press.
In the first half, the press gave the Orange guards plenty of trouble.
Let's see how Carter-Williams reacts to it in the final three minutes.
Dick Vitale with some short, but great analysis on the Syracuse zone.
Zone has Cards stationary— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) January 19, 2013
Syracuse 66, Louisville 62 (4:37 Second Half)
Michael Carter-Williams makes up for his first-half transgressions with a three-pointer to give the Orange the lead.
Grant once again comes up big and extends the Orange lead to four.
Syracuse are back in the lead.
Carter-Williams for three. Buckle up people....— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 19, 2013
Louisville 62, Syracuse 61 (5:55 Second Half)
Jerami Grant becomes the first Syracuse player to pick up his fourth foul.
The Orange do not suffer on the ensuing free throws as Montrezl Harrell badly missed both free throws.
Russ Smith was not the only one who thought that was a bad call, this is what Eamonn Brennan of ESPN had to say about it.
I mean, that’s just a terrible, TERRIBLE CALL. He actually brought his elbow closer to his body when he swung through.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) January 19, 2013
Louisville 62, Syracuse 57 (7:25 Second Half)
Russ Smith is taking over this game.
21 points now for the Louisville guard.
On the defensive end, Smith is in shock after he thought he drew a charge on Carter-Williams.
The replay clearly shows it was a charge.
ESPN's Dana O'Neil puts in her own opinion on the Big East.
One thing evident from this game: last legit Big East Tournament is going to be fun— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) January 19, 2013
Yes, Seth that was a nasty crossover by Triche on Peyton Siva.
Brandon Triche is a naughty man.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 19, 2013
Louisville 58, Syracuse 55 (8:11 Second Half)
Brandon Triche finally wakes up for Syracuse with a three-pointer.
Triche's shot is countered by a three by Russ Smith to put the Cardinals back into the lead.
This game is heating up and will only get better.
Louisville 55, Syracuse 52 (9:29 Left in Second Half)
Peyton Siva just welcomed himself to the party with a three-pointer.
Hard to believe but those were his first three points of the game.
Syracuse 52, Louisville 52 (9:51 Left in Second Half)
Jerami Grant continues his stellar performance off the bench with a bank shot to tie up the ball game.
Grant has eight points today.
Seth Davis is chiming in on the action in Louisville.
Peyton Siva has yet to score. Louisville still up 4 with 11:33 to play. That's how good they are.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) January 19, 2013
This is where we stand at the second media timeout of the second half.
We go into the media timeout at 11:49 with Louisville ahead 52-48.— Syracuse Basketball (@PSBasketball) January 19, 2013
CBS' Jeff Goodman is impressed with the play of Jerami Grant off the bench today.
Jerami Grant has already earned a spot on my Breakout Players list for next season.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) January 19, 2013
Louisville 52, Syracuse 46; 12:37 Left in First Half
Luke Hancock doing whatever he can to deny Syracuse any momentum after a Jerami Grant bucket.
Hancock hits nothing but net from beyond the arc to give the Cardinals a six-point lead.
Louisville 48, Syracuse 44; 14:34 Left in Second Half
C.J. Fair makes a layup to take the Orange out of their slump.
Syracuse has lacked a bit of energy since the second half started and they need a boost from their senior leader Triche.
Louisville 48, Syracuse 40; 16:05 Left in Second Half
Gorgui Dieng extends Louisville's run to 10-2 to start the second half.
To say Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams is struggling would be an understatement.
Michael Carter-Williams 1-5 shooting, 5 points, 4 assists, 7 turnovers.— Syracuse Basketball (@SyrBall) January 19, 2013
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