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Here are the recaps for the March 24 edition of the McDonald’s Cuse Legends Show..

Here are the recaps for the March 24 edition of the McDonald’s Cuse Legends Show..

Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: While it was difficult to see him go, SU men’s basketball, and its fans, have to thank Mike Hopkins for a quarter-century of contributions to the Orange program. First as a player, and then as an assistant coach, rising to the level of associate head caoch, Hopkins became as much of the SU family as anyone not named Boeheim, proving himself an ace recruiter for teams that reached four different Final Fours and, of course, brought home a national championship in 2003. Now, at Washington, Hopkins will finally get his chance as a head coach.

McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: Tyler Lydon declared he was leaving SU and going to the NBA Draft. While his sophomore season was a good, it was as a freshman that he made his biggest impact, especially in the Orange’s improbable Final Four run. Lydon began his block party in the second round with six of them against Middle Tennessee, then repeated that feat in the Sweet 16 win over Gonzaga, including a big one in the final seconds with the outcome still in doubt, and five blocks in the come-from-behind regional final win over Virginia.

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Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: Again, the best show in college lacrosse is up at SU, who has played five consecutive one-goal games and claimed four of them, including last Saturday‘s 8-7 conquest of ancient rival Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. The latest attempt at thrills takes place this Saturday when the no. 6-ranked Orange hosts no. 11-ranked Duke. It’s SU’s first home game since March 5, and precedes, by a couple of weeks, another big home test on April 11 against Cornell, the second half of back-to-back rivalry games following the April 5 trip to Hobart.

The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: It proved quite a whirlwind for SU basketball. In the span of a single weekend, the men’s side lost in the NIT to Ole Miss, the women’s Orange saw its NCAA Tournament run end in the second round, again at the expense of Connecticut (just like in the 2016 title game), and then Mike Hopkins, who was set up to take over for Jim Boeheim a year from now, accepted an offer to go to the University of Washington. Thus, Boeheim’s contract was extended, allowing him to likely dictate the terms of retiring when he wants to.

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Here is the weekly recap for the March 10 edition of the McDonald’s Syracuse Legends show..

Here are the recaps for the March 10 edition of the McDonald’s Cuse Legends Show…

Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: In the last home game of his only season in an SU uniform, Andrew White made it count. SU’s 90-61 destruction of Georgia Tech in front of 30,000-plus in the Carrier Dome, a must game for the Orange’s NCAA Tournament hopes, was fueled by White scoring 40 points. Of the 16 field goals attempted, White made 12 of them, including eight of nine from 3-point land. It’s one of the few times in the modern era teammates have pulled off 40 point-plus games, John Gillon having done it against N.C. State on February 1.

McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: The ACC bringing its tournament to Brooklyn brought SU back to New York City for post-season play. It was what they did for 30 years in the Big East Conference, which after a few years moving its tournament around (including 1981 when Leo Rautins’ tip-in beat Villanova in the Carrier Dome) moved to Madison Square Garden in 1983. So many memorable SU hoops moments happened there, including titles in 1988, 1992, 2005 and 2006, the six-OT game with Connecticut in 2009, last-second thrillers and all those battles with Georgetown.

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Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: If you want excitement, go watch SU men’s lacrosse. In three consecutive games at the Carrier Dome, the action went down to the final seconds. On February 18, the Orange beat Albany 10-9 when Nick Mariano scored with two seconds left. A week later, Army came to the Dome and, thanks to David Symmes’ goal in the last second of regulation, pulled it out 13-12. Finally, against Virginia on March 5, SU rallied from a five-goal deficit and won it 14-13 when Sergio Salcido found the net with 15 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: What contrasting situations for both of SU’s basketball teams, but it’s just like 2016. The women’s side, who went to the national championship game a year ago, are sure to return to the NCAA Tournament, the only question is when and where. But the SU men, put into the danger zone by their poor play in December, recovered to go 10-8 in the ACC, a solid record in the nation’s toughest conference, only to bow out of the ACC Tournament for the third year in a row at Brooklyn’s Barclay’s Center when it lost, 62-57, to Miami in the March 8 tournament opener. They’ll wait until Selection Sunday to see if they’ll dance again.

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