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Gerry McNamara

After a stunning win over No. 1 Indiana in the Sweet Sixteen Thursday night, CNY Central Sports Director Niko Tamurian caught up with Orange assistant basketball coach Gerry McNamara.

"We were outstanding defensively," said McNamara. "It really amazed me how difficult a time they [Indiana] had getting open looks."

As a freshman, McNamara helped the Orange team win the NCAA Championship in 2003. When asked if this yearâ??s team has the magic to win it all, like the 2003 team, McNamara says they have a shot.

"I think this team has a shot," said McNamara. "Obviously we are going to play a really difficult opponent to try to get to Atlanta, and [itâ??s] Marquette, an opponent that we are familiar with."

The win over Indiana was "a complete team effort, complete defensive effort," said McNamara.

Weâ??ll see if the Orange can keep up the defensive effort as they head to the Elite 8 against No. 3 Marquette on Saturday. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on CBS-5.

The winner of that game will be head to the Final Four next weekend in Atlanta. The last time either Syracuse or Marquette made it to the Final Four was in 2003 when the Orange went on to win the Championship.

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