Syracuse University basketball preps for Sweet 16

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

The Syracuse University basketball team is in Washington, D.C. preparing for their game against top seed Indiana in the Sweet 16.

On Wednesday, the media wanted to address the past.

"We had a good year," said Syracuse Coach Jim Boeheim. "I think one of the weaknesses we had...we didn't shoot the ball well in five of those games."

Coach Boeheim stayed focused on this season but the reporters at an afternoon news conference kept taking Orangeman back to 1987, the one and only time that Syracuse and Indiana met in the NCAA Tournament. At that time, Syracuse lost 74-73.

"When you lose a game like that, you almost never get over it," Boeheim said. "I got over it in 2003. I probably thought about it, in 26 years, most of the time...I never think about it anymore."

Senior Guard Brandon Triche wasn't there when Syracuse played in 1987, as he wasn't even born yet. However, his Uncle Howard was.

"I've seen him play, but not the whole game," Triche said. "I haven't directly talked to him about it."

Syracuse holds a 3-1 advantage in the all time series with Indiana.

"Definitely one of those teams I'm looking forward to playing against," said Junior Forward James Southerland. "They have great shooters, all around great players. We feel we will match up well against them."

Coach Boeheim says he is ready to win, to advance, and for reasons other than basketball.

"I'm hoping the season lasts forever," Boeheim said. "I gotta' go to Disney as soon as the season's over. I'm just hoping we keep winning, I swear. I'd like to keep playing all year. There's nothing worse than doing that."

Boeheim would not directly address the retirement rumors. This will be the fourth time in five years that Syracuse has made it to this round of the NCAA Tournament.

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