Syracuse Orange fighting for post-season: Matt's Memo

John Gillon fell to the floor. Andrew White dove for the ball. Tyler Roberson stretched for a rebound. Play after play the Syracuse Orange pushed the limits of their effort tonight at the Carrier Dome. Coach Jim Boeheim called the effort remarkable pointing out the team making multiple comeback runs against Top Ten Rick Pitino's Louisville Cardinals. Syracuse nearly won it regulation. Nearly tied it in overtime. In the end the Orange added another loss to a challenging season. At 16-11 their NCAA tournament hopes are alive, but they still have work to do.

The team deserves credit not just for its effort tonight, but the way it won five tough games in a row over the last few weeks. Remember, one month ago Syracuse was facing a possible losing season and an NIT post-season bid. They changed their outlook with improved defensive play and clutch shooting. The nation of Orange fans has felt their hopes lifting with each victory.

There are just four games remaining in the season. Two games are on the road and two are at the Dome. They include at Georgia Tech, hosting Duke, at Louisville and hosting Georgia Tech. The best chance to win is Georgia Tech here in Syracuse. The other three games will be tough. As our Sports Director Niko Tamurian said tonight on our 10:00 newscast, two wins should be enough to get into the NCAA tournament. That means one is not enough.

The season is in the hands of the team. Three or four victories, plus a little success in the ACC tournament and the Orange would not be sweating out a bid. This is a pivotal final two weeks. Most Orange fans feel if the team continues exerting that same effort we saw tonight they will being playing well into March and the Cuse fans will be with them all the way.

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