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After capturing the regular season Big East title, Syracuse lost to Louisville in the regular season finale and then lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament to Georgetown. To make things worse, a right quadriceps injury to their starting center, Arinze Onuaku, may keep him from playing in the opening round of the tournament against familiar foe the Vermont Catamounts. Although no team has lost its first game in a conference tournament and gone on to win the national title, this year's Syracuse team is definitely capable.
|Can Jim Boeheim and the Orange shake of their late-season rust?|
Jim Boeheim joined 790 The Zone in Atlanta to talk about whether he had any doubt about getting a top seed in the tournament, whether he winced when he saw they are going to play Vermont, and more.
Jim Boeheim on whether he had any doubt about getting a top seed in the tournament:
"Well I thought that we would be based on the year and what we done for the year. We won the Big East by two games. I think we had the best conference in the country again, tied with the Big Twelve maybe, but I thought that we had a great year and we deserved the one seed."
Boeheim on whether he winced when he saw they are going to play Vermont:
"Fortunately, my memory is not too good anymore. I cant remember back five years ago, but Vermont is a good team and we just have to get ready to play and make sure that we're ready to play good Syracuse basketball. But Vermont is a good team and that we do have history with them."
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