For the second game in a row, the No. 6 Syracuse Orange (18-3, 6-2) fell to an unranked opponent, as the Pittsburgh Panthers (17-5, 6-4) handed down a shocking 65-55 loss.
Following the four-point overtime loss to Villanova last time out, Syracuse shot a mere 36.7 percent from the floor and scored just 25 points in the first half.
Pittsburgh led 27-25 at the half thanks to a Talib Zanna dunk with less than a minute to go.
Zanna would only score four points on Saturday, but he owned the boards for the Panthers, grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds as Pitt out-rebounded 'Cuse, 37-21.
Guard Tray Woodall led the way for Pittsburgh offensively, scoring a team-high 13 points while adding five rebounds, four assists and three steals.
One of the biggest differences in the upset—aside from the lopsided rebound margin—was bench scoring.
The Orange received minimal production from its bench that resulted in just three points. The Panthers saw their bench combine for 31 points.
C.J. Fair played all 40 minutes for Syracuse, scoring a game-high 20 points. But it wasn't enough, as the rest of the starting lineup combined for just 32 points.
It doesn't get any easier for Syracuse, as it'll host Notre Dame on Monday, Feb. 4.
Pitt will host Seton Hall.
ESPN Stats & Info hits with this one, detailing the struggles of Syracuse's sophomore guard:
Michael Carter-Williams is shooting 10-46 (21.7%) in Syracuse's 3 losses this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2013
Eamonn Brennan of ESPN feels Pitt fans need to show their team some respect after the big win:
Pitt fans are cheering “OV-VER-RA-TED” at Syracuse. They should be cheering “UN-DER-RA-TED” at their own team.— Eamonn Brennan (@eamonnbrennan) February 2, 2013
ESPN Stats & Info drops another gem on us, this time highlighting the recent success of the Orange program—or recent struggles, depending on how you look at it:
Syracuse has a losing streak for the first time since February 2011.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 2, 2013
Syracuse fans won't like this one, as KEZI 9 News' Erik Elken disses the 'Cuse:
I remember when Syracuse was making NIT's when I first got to college. Now SU's continually a top ten team that consistently disappoints.— Erik Elken (@Erik_Elken) February 2, 2013
CBS Sports closes out this piece by highlighting Syracuse's troubles beating Pitt:
Pittsburgh 65, No. 6 Syracuse 55. The Orange hasn't won at Pitt since the 2003-2004 season. cbsprt.co/PittCuse— CBSSports.com (@CBSSports) February 2, 2013