Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Is there any question? To the shock of all, SU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are both at the Final Four. But while the men have gone there before, the women have not, following home wins over Army and Albany in the first two rounds by stunning top-seeded South Carolina and pulling away from historic power Tennessee to win the Sioux Falls Regional and advance to Indianapolis, where a semifinal with Washington awaits on Sunday night.
McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: This is SU’s sixth trip to the men’s NCAA Final Four. But it’s the Orange’s most surprising trip there since that first visit way back in 1975. Roy Danforth was still the head coach, Jim Boeheim an assistant, and SU was lightly regarded going into the NCAA Tournament. But the Orange stunned North Carolina and beat Kansas State in overtime to take the East Regional in Providence before heading out to the Final Four in San Diego. There, Kentucky proved too much for the Orange, the Wildcats prevailing 95-79 to advance to the final, where it lost to UCLA in John Wooden’s last game as a coach.
Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: Amid all of the Final Four fever on the SU campus, the Dino Babers-coached football team wraps up its spring practice with its scrimmage at noon this Saturday, April 2. Later that same day, SU’s men’s lacrosse team, trying to shake off back-to-back overtime defeats to Johns Hopkins and Duke, meets Notre Dame at the Dome, and that starts at 5 p.m. Four hours later, in Houston, the Orange face North Carolina and then, on Sunday, the SU women meet Washington in its Final Four debut after the women’s lacrosse team, 8-3 on the season, hosts Duke. In short, it’s quite a special weekend for SU athletics.
The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Thought by many to be lucky just to have an NCAA Tournament bid, the SU men’s basketball team proceeded to stick it to all the so-called “experts”. An easy win over Dayton in the first round in St. Louis was followed by a rout of the same Middle Tennessee team that stunned Michigan State a round earlier. Then it was on to Chicago, where SU turned into Comeback ‘Cuse, rallying from nine points down late to upend Gonzaga before the epochal 29-9 run in the last nine minutes to erase a 15-point defiict and stun Virginia to win the Midwest Regional and earn a spot in the Final Four against mighty North Carolina this weekend in Houston.