Friday, March 13, 2009
Syracuse Will Not Go Quietly Into the Night
Or into the morning for that matter. It took 3 hours and 46 minutes to finish the longest game in Big East Tournament history and the second-longest game in Division-I history. Jonny Flynn played 67 minutes, a Syracuse record. 8 players fouled out. The two teams combined for 244 points, a Big East record. And my favorite statistic... Syracuse never had the lead in any overtime until the final one! They kept finding ways to tie it in the 5 other overtimes but never had the lead until the 6th overtime, which they held on to for the win.
And all of this could have been prevented if Eric "Chinstrap" Devendorf gets his "buzzer-beating" shot off a tenth of a second quicker. I know these boys must be exhausted, but that game was a hell of a lot of fun to watch, and is a perfect example of why I love Championship Week so much.
UConn goes on to wonder if they'll receive a number one seed in next week's March Madness opening round and Syracuse goes back and does it all over again against a scrappy West Virginia team. Could this be another Gerry McNamara-esque run for Syracuse? Maybe, but at least this year the Orange are guaranteed a spot in the tourney no matter what happens tonight.
And what the hell is the point of that black thing on Hasheem Thabeet's shoulder?