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      SU-'Nova tickets are a hot item

      More than 33,000 fans are expected for the Syracuse University men's basketball game against Villanova at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at the Carrier Dome. The Carrier Dome will open at 10:00 a.m. All fans with tickets are encouraged to arrive early for the game to avoid traffic delays and large lines at the Dome entrances and to use the 'Print at Home' option to avoid long lines at the Box Office.

      All Syracuse University parking lots will open at 9:30 a.m. All Stadium west and campus lots are sold out. Fans who do not have a parking permit (season or individual game) are encourage to use the Skytop parking lot ($12 per car), which will open at 9:30 a.m. To access the Skytop parking lot, use Rt. 481 and exit at Brighton Ave. All parking areas to the West of the Carrier Dome are permit only.

      Tickets for the game are available at the Carrier Dome Box Office (888-DOMETIX) and online at .

      More on this story from the Associated Press:

      The crowd for Saturday's game between No. 7 Villanova and third-ranked Syracuse could break the NCAA attendance record the teams set last year.

      Syracuse officials said Wednesday that more than 33,000 tickets had been sold for the game, and coach Jim Boeheim was featured in a video on the university's athletic website encouraging fans to buy the few nosebleed seats still available.

      Last February's game between the teams drew 34,616, an NCAA record for the largest on-campus crowd to see a college basketball game. Seating was capped at that figure, making it the first basketball sellout in Carrier Dome history, but the university has added seats for Saturday's game.

      Villanova also was the opponent on March 5, 2006, when a then-record crowd of 33,633 turned out to see the final home game for former Orange star Gerry McNamara.

      Syracuse (18-1, 5-1 Big East), coming off a loss at No. 5 Pittsburgh, hopes to have leading scorer Kris Joseph back for Villanova (16-2, 4-1). Joseph, who sustained a head injury in the first half of last Saturday's home game against Cincinnati when he fell backward on a drive and his head caromed violently off the hardwood, did not make the trip for Monday night's game at the Petersen Events Center.

      Wearing flip-flops instead of sneakers and smiling often at his teammates, Joseph shot balls at practice on Wednesday after an off day but did not take part in drills.

      "I know I feel a lot better, and every day I get better," said Joseph, who averaged 19.5 points in the Orange's first four Big East games before getting hurt. "Today, I'm just going to get some shots up and see how that feels. Tomorrow, I'll do a little bit more. Every day I have to do a little bit more to see how I feel. Hopefully, I'll be back."

      Joseph was well aware that the attendance record might fall and said that was on his mind.

      "We're trying to break that 34,616," he said. "I heard there was already students camping out, which is amazing. You've got to love Syracuse fans. It's going to be a great game, and I definitely want to be a part of it, be able to play and not just watch from the sidelines."

      (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)