Quick Hits: Big East Final

by Kenny Ducey
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Chase Gaewski | The Daily Orange

Gear Up for Tonight's Big Game

What: Big East Tournament, Championship Game

When: March 16th, 2013 - 8:30 PM

Where: Madison Square Garden - New York, NY

Who: Syracuse Orange vs. Louisville Cardinals

 

Syracuse

  • 15th Big East Final in school history
  • Looking to avenge 2009 Big East Final loss to Louisville (76-66)
  • Won 50th Big East Tournament game Friday vs. Georgetown
  • Forward James Southerland has tied an NCAA record (held by Syracuse assistant Gerry McNamara) for Most three-point field goals in a single tournament with 16.
  • Syracuse leads the tournament with a 53% success rate from three

Louisville

  • Fourth Big East final in school history (third straight appearance)
  • Six-game winning streak in Big East Tournament (fifth-longest in conference history)
  • The Cardinals are second in the tournament shooting the three with a 48% mark through two games
  • Best offense of the tournament thus far averaging 72 points per game.

Peyton Siva

  • Peyton Siva tied a Big East Tournament record for most steals in a game vs. Notre Dame with seven
  • Siva also broke the school's single-season steals record of 230 with 236
  • He's now scored at least 10 points in eight straight Big East Tournament game

What They're Saying

  • Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino: "We're going to play a road game [tonight].  We know that."
  • Pitino: I love Jim [Boeheim].  He's loyal to his guys at Syracuse.  We're happy for him that he's in the finals, and we're excited to be in the finals."
  • Louisville Guard Russ Smith: "This is my first time playing, but just being‑‑ I experienced it last year as a redshirt, and it's just an unbelievable feeling to be out there and the crowd and the history of Madison Square Garden.  It's pretty unbelievable.  For this to be the last tournament of the Big East as it really is, as the power basketball conference that it is, it's pretty special."
  • Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim: "This is a monumental tournament for us to get our confidence back and what we can do and what's ahead of us.  We fully got that back.  So that's why this tournament is so valuable for us this year.  We really needed to have this kind of a tournament."
  • Syracuse Forward James Southerland: we all sense [the importance of the game].  This is big time, the Big East Tournament, and we're here and ready to play."

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