So this is how it ends. After everything they made it through this season – Bernie Fine, Bernie Fine’s wife getting down, Fab Melo deciding he didn’t need to go to class – Syracuse was putting together a run of destiny. But against Ohio State, they got destroyed on the glass, and they got beat by a soft-shooting, hard-charging, balanced Buckeye team, 77-70. The refs sucked too (another reason why NBA > NCAA). They might’ve been the unexpected difference. Jared Sullinger tried quieting the Sean May shouts by rumbling for 19 points, and Lenzelle Smith, Jr. (18 points) had a number of huge deep shots in the second half. Dion Waiters picked the wrong night to have one of his worst games of the season: Nine points, and a bunch of Aaron Craft all up in his jersey. But Scoop Jardine caught the majority of Craft’s defensive wrath, and while he had 14, Cuse’s offense was off all night in part because of the little gnat … You could’ve stared at Patric Young‘s face in the final seconds of Louisville’s come-from-behind 72-68 win and it would’ve told you everything. He looked shocked. Discombobulated. Mentally destroyed. The Gators’ tournament run came to a crashing and disastrous end, losing an 11-point lead late in the second half in seemingly the blink of an eye. One minute, they were throwing lobs and Young was eating the rim. The next, they were going home after Kenny Boynton‘s triple attempt came up short. Russ Smith, the brother of J.R. Smith, was huge off the Cardinal bench with 19 points as Rick Pitino stayed undefeated all time against Billy Donovan. Louisville’s comeback came out of nowhere, but that’s what happens when you rely on the three (the Gators) and don’t make a single one of them in the final 20 minutes (0-for-9) … We’re out like NCAA refs.
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