Syracuse's zone defense has the been the MVP of its run to the Final Four. Why is it so successful? It starts with the players' length and speed, which have combined to devastate opponents in the NCAA tournament.
The most fundamental skill for success seems to be the ability to deal with life and all its ups and downs. Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is a master of that, and it has served him well.
This season has been illogical and crazy, which makes this Final Four a fitting one, writes Dana O'Neil.
Saturday's game between Ohio State and Syracuse offers a classic contrast -- a football school against a basketball school.
Ohio State's path to New Orleans was supposed to be easy. Instead, the Buckeyes took a long, detoured route to the Big Easy.
Syracuse has packed controversy, scandal and intrigue into every step of its historic season. Standing at the epicenter is Jim Boeheim, a fascinating and polarizing figure who hasn't changed one bit.
The Sweet 16 still matters, but it's just not as sweet for everyone as it used to be. Once the barometer for success, the regional semifinals are now as much a measure of failure.
Kansas State senior forward Jamar Samuels did not play against Syracuse in the third round of the East Regional of the NCAA tournament.
A tight-lipped Jim Boeheim would not elaborate on the suspension of center Fab Melo, but insisted that neither he nor his players were disappointed in their sophomore big man.
Time to break down why it will go well -- or poorly -- for each of the tourney teams.
Syracuse has faced considerable controversy and distractions this season and has brushed all of it aside. Fab Melo's absence, coming at the worst possible time, is one the Orange cannot ignore.
Get up to speed on the all the players, games and storylines in the East Region.
With 11 teams likely to dance, the Big East tournament looks like a mini-version of the NCAA tournament. We break down each team's chances of starring on Broadway.
He can be equal parts exciting and exasperating. Scoop Jardine's flashy style gives his coaches headaches, but he can produce the kind of magic that drops jaws and gets people out of their seats.
Three No. 1 seeds and seven teams overall: The Big East will be under the microscope this NCAA tournament.
As the Big East prepares to close its doors, Syracuse-Georgetown at Madison Square Garden is the only appropriate way to go out, writes Dana O'Neil.