Using its trapping, shot-challenging 2-3 zone defense to perfect effect, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final Saturday, reaching the Final Four for the first time in a decade.
Ryan Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a top-five team this week, 75-71 over No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.
So is it 2012 or the late 1980s? College basketball fans from a quarter-century ago would certainly recognize this year's preseason top 20, which is littered with programs that loved the second half of the '80s and should love this season as well.
A judge on Friday threw out a defamation lawsuit brought against Syracuse University and men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim by two men who said the Hall of Fame coach slandered them when he said their accusations of sexual abuse against former associate h