The game began with Butler on a 5-0 run. No big deal, Syracuse is getting a late start and those 5 points are meaningless, or so I thought. In the 5 v. 1 matchup, the Bulldogs upset the Orangemen with a 63-59 final score. For the math majors out there, that's a 4 point victory. If Syracuse actually started the game on time, maybe we would have won the game 59-58? A man can dream I guess.
The Orangemen missed injured Center, Arinze Onuaku, for inside scoring, even though they out rebounded the Bulldogs 33-27. The 5-0 run and turnovers (Syracuse 18 - Butler 7) were the major factors in the loss. The more experienced Syracuse team couldn't hold things together, even with a 4 point lead with five and a half to go, giving the Bulldogs their first Elite 8 appearance.
It's going to be another year before I get excited for Syracuse again, hopefully we'll pull some good recruits and give ourselves some reasons to get pumped along the way to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Let's start the cheering for Saint Mary's and Northern Iowa. Underdogs on the loose.
Thanks to daversa for the picture of Andy Rautins.