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Syracuse rides defense past Marquette, into Final Four

Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim cuts down the net Saturday after the fourth-seeded Orange knocked off Marquette in Washington to earn a trip to the Final Four.
Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim cuts down the net Saturday after the fourth-seeded Orange knocked off Marquette in Washington to earn a trip to the Final Four.
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Jim Boeheim calls this year’s Syracuse team his best defensive group ever. Hard to argue, based on the suffocating performances that put the Orange in the Final Four. Using its trapping, shot-challenging 2-3 zone to perfect effect for 40 minutes, No. 4-seeded Syracuse shut down No. 3 Marquette 55-39 in the East Regional final Saturday to earn Boeheim his first trip to the national semis since a freshman named Carmelo Anthony helped win the 2003 ...


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