There was a moment in Syracuse’s postgame news conference, the team still reveling in a high-level, hard-fought 64-63 victory over Wisconsin in the East Region semifinals, when Orange guard Scoop Jardine was asked about dealing with some of the “ups and downs” of the season.
Jardine looked incredulous. Jim Boeheim, sitting next to him, expressed shock.
“Low points?” Boeheim mumbled. “We’re 34-2.”
So that early season deal where a long-time assistant was fired after molestation accusations were leveled against him? Or when two of the accusers sued Boeheim for defamation? Or maybe the late-season public revelation of an NCAA investigation into the school’s non-adherence to its drug-testing policy? Or the suspension of starting center Fab Melo on the eve of the NCAA tournament? Or the near-upset at the hands of No. 16 UNC Asheville last week? Or …