Great teams in college basketball have a will to win. They figure out a way to get to the winner’s circle. I saw that in person on Saturday night in Storrs, CT. There is a reason that Syracuse is 29-1 my friends. Jim Boeheim’s team did not shoot well in the second half. The Orange were beaten on the boards in the second half after posting a stunning +10 on the glass in the first half.
Syracuse still found a way to get that big W over the defending national champions. Connecticut rallied and the crowd was loud. The Orange did a great job defending Jeremy Lamb on the final attempt and then got out with that big victory.
We have seen a lot of super teams show that will to win lately. Kentucky did at Vanderbilt and then again at Mississippi State, where John Calipari’s team was down 13 at half.
Duke did it against North Carolina and again in a near upset against stubborn Virginia Tech. The Tar Heels did it at Virginia, a tough place to play and against a team which controls tempo. A road win is a good win.
The best example was Kansas. The Jayhawks were down 19 to Missouri but showed that will to win and got it done in overtime. This is a grea time of year for college hoops, baby!