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Here is the weekly recap for the February 24 edition of the McDonald’s Syracuse Legends show..

Here are the recaps for the Feb. 24 edition of the McDonald’s Cuse Legends show…

Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: Never was there a better moment for SU basketball this season than seeing John Gillon nail that 3-point shot off the glass at the buzzer to give the Orange a 78-75 victory over Duke as more than 30,000 at the Carrier Dome roared their approval. If it’s a close call for the Orange to reach the NCAA tournament, and it gets there, this single shot may make the difference, and is arguably the most memorable buzzer-beater at the Dome since Pearl Washington from half court to beat Boston College in 1984.

McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: That epochal SU win over Duke brings to mind another epochal Orange victory over the Blue Devils inside the Dome. It came on February 1, 2014, when a record crowd of more than 35,000 streamed in and were treated to an instant classic, one where SU appeared to have it won before Duke’s Rasheed Sulaimon hit a 3-pointer in the waning seconds of regulation. It went to overtime, and the drama continued, back and forth, before SU pulled it out 91-89, igniting a series of close contests between one-time strangers, but now fierce ACC rivals.

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Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: The plan of having a record crowd show up for the SU women’s basketball game against Notre Dame on February 19 worked out, nearly to perfection. More than 11,000 streamed into the Carrier Dome and seemed to give the Orange an extra dose of energy, for it led most of the game before the Irish stormed out in front in the fourth quarter. Still, it wasn’t until the final seconds that ND pulled it out, 85-80, and Quentin Hillsman went out of his way praising the fans that showed up to make this a special occasion.

The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: Everything looked to be bleak for SU men’s basketball after three consecutive defeats – at Pittsburgh, at home in overtime to Louisville, then at Georgia Tech. Then came February 22, Duke’s arrival at the Dome and an epic battle where, again, SU erased a significant deficit (33-25 at halftime), caught up, and then traded blows with the Blue Devils until John Gillon banked in that 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Orange Nation shook with delight. Whether than 78-75 win locks up an NCAA Tournament bid or not remains an open question.

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

Summit Auto Group Best of the Week: There are so many highlights to take from SU basketball’s five-game win streak. The irony is that the most memorable moments didn’t come from the upsets of top 10-ranked Florida State and Virginia, but instead were from the road games against non-ranked foes, starting with John Gillon’s 43-point effort that single-handedly pushed the Orange past North Carolina State in overtime, and then Tyus Battle hitting that corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to beat Clemson and keep the Orange momentum going.

McDonald’s Rewind and Archive: It’s only fitting, as Jim Boeheim passes 1,000 wins (regardless of what the NCAA says), that we remember his first victory, which is not in dispute. It was November 26, 1976, and the Orange, with Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr as freshmen and Boeheim starting his long parade of loud late 1970s jackets, beat Harvard 75-48. Fittingly, the game was played in Springfield, Mass, birthplace of basketball and home of the Naismith Hall of Fame – where Boeheim was enshrined nearly three decades later.

Eaton Crouse Hinds Community Corner: When the surging SU women’s basketball team plays ACC powerhouse Notre Dame on February 19, the Orange will host Alumni and Team Day. Aside from honoring past greats, the team is hoping to bring a record crowd for women’s basketball to the Carrier Dome. To that end, they’re offering discounted tickets, $10 or less, in order to fill the stands for an ESPN2 audience, a rare case of SU getting a national broadcast before the NCAA Tournament. Tipoff is at 5 p.m.

The U.S. Army Weekly Recap: An SU men’s basketball season that, a few weeks ago, loomed as the worst of Jim Boeheim’s four-decade tenure isn’t like that anymore. The gutty January 24 win over Wake Forest ignited a run where the Orange first knocked off then-top-10-ranked Florida State 82-72 on January 28, continued with John Gillon’s 43-point effort that rescued a 100-93 overtime win at N.C. State, got even better when SU echoed its Elite Eight comeback on Virginia and again rallied to beat the Cavaliers 66-62 to give Jim Boeheim win no. 1,000 and, finally, saw Tyus Battle beat the buzzer with a 3 to prevail 82-81 at Clemson. What a stretch.

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