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It's hard not to be impressed by the Orange

Updated: November 22, 2009, 10:46 AM ET
By Doug Gottlieb
Syracuse dominated in two consecutive nights at the Garden with blowouts of two teams ranked in the top 12, but its Coaches vs. Cancer title game win was far more impressive than the lopsided victory over Cal, and it could point to something special about this Cuse team that was missing from last season's Sweet 16 version.

I took plenty of flak for what I wrote about Syracuse on Friday morning. It wasn't that I thought the Orange weren't any good Thursday night as I took in the game courtside. It was more my lack of excitement at their shoddy execution of the zone at times, their big men not truly playing "all out" and the sheer mismatch of talent with an inferior team that was hobbled and overhyped. Beating Carolina, an extremely young team that has a major flaw of poor guard play and zero guard depth, was far more impressive. Here's why.

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