Friday, March 13, 2009

You Orange Going to Believe It

Any basketball game that goes to six overtimes is likely to have its share of "can you believe that?" moments. The UConn-Syracuse quarterfinal last night (and into this morning) at the Big East tournament certainly did. The Huskies and Orange played the second longest game in Division I history, trailing only Cincinnati's seven overtime victory over Bradley, 75-73, in December 1981 (while I haven't seen the box score from that game, I have to believe that part of the reason why that score in seven OT's is so much lower than yesterday's six OT game is because the three-point shot wasn't introduced until the 1986-87 season).

Any game that goes on as long as the UConn-'Cuse game will have its share of shocking numbers, simply because they continue to accumulate throughout the game: points, minutes played, players who fouled out, etc. But the one that really stands out: Syracuse, which won the game 127-117 in the sixth overtime, never led once in any of the first five overtimes. Not for one second. Of course, UConn's inability to score in the waning seconds of a few of the overtimes gave Syracuse that chance, but nonetheless, can you believe that?


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