I had just about concluded that Syracuse University was divinely ordained--or, at least, that it was the Team of Destiny in 2014--prior to tonight's faceoff with lowly Boston College.
Here is a brief synopsis of what Syracuse had done earlier in the month of February:
February 1: Syracuse 91; Duke 89 (OT). Duke's Quinn Cook missed a shot as time expired, that could have made the difference. This, following a (successful) desperation 3-pointer by Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon, at the end of regulation, that had forced the overtime session.
February 12: Syracuse 58; Pittsburgh 56. Tyler Ennis (a freshman) hit a 35-footer at the buzzer to give Syracuse a last-second reprieve, in a game played in Pittsburgh--where it is exceedingly difficult to win.
February 15: Syracuse 56; North Carolina State 55. Tyler Ennis (again a hero!) stole an inbounds pass with just 14 seconds remaining, then fed the ball to teammate C.J. Fair, whose layup gave Syracuse the lead--just when it looked as if the Orange were finished. North Carolina State's Kyle Washington then missed a shot from the top of the circle that could have won the game for the Wolfpack.
Does anyone notice a pattern here?
Still, as Syracuse's coach, Jim Boeheim, noted after the upset, "When you get in enough of these games, there's going to be one you're not going to make a play. That's what happens. At the end of games, you get into enough of these games, you're not going to win."