Ten days ago, Syracuse lost by 39 to lowly DePaul, its NCAA ambitions seemingly thrashed. But after four wins in four days during a magical Big East tournament run, the Orange are a dangerous team heading to the Dance, writes Andy Katz.
Gerry McNamara hit another big 3-pointer to get the Orange within one with 52 seconds left, assisted on Eric Devendorf's go-ahead basket and caused a turnover with 1.5 seconds left in a 58-57 victory over Georgetown in the semifinals Friday night.
Carl Krauser broke out of a brief scoring slump with a career-high 32 points and Pittsburgh (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today; No. 12 AP) bounced back from its first loss, holding off Syracuse's brief second-half comeback to win 80-67 Monday night.