Syracuse had a big advantage at the free throw line, finishing 15 of 23 compared to the Huskies' 5 of 10.
The Orange swept the two regular season meetings, the second 71-69 at Connecticut. Syracuse has an 8-6 advantage in the teams' Big East tournament meetings and have won six of the last seven, the only loss in last year's game. The Orange are 4-0 against Connecticut in the quarterfinals.
The game pitted two coaches who have had their share of struggles this season.
Boeheim, who went through the child-abuse charges and firing of longtime assistant Bernie Fine and recent allegations of former players in the program failing drug tests, won his 887th game, second on the all-time list.
"This was reported five years ago, and we're waiting for them to finish the process," Boeheim said when asked about the drug tests. "If things were bothering us we wouldn't be 31-1. Nothing bothers us. We come ready to play. That's what you should do in life. Everybody gets bothered. Everybody has problems. I'm much more concerned about my wife being mad at me than I am anything else, to tell you the truth."
About 3 hours after Boeheim spoke at the news conference the NCAA released a statement clarifying the time frame.
"The NCAA enforcement staff received a self-report from Syracuse University on October 27, 2010," the organization said.
Calhoun was suspended for the first three conference games for failure to maintain control of his program when it was charged with NCAA violations and he missed eight games with back problems, returning four games ago following spinal surgery. The Huskies won his first three games back, bringing him to 873 wins, sixth on the all-time list.
"I love Jim Boeheim like a brother, and through everything else, and I've told people this through the whole year, including other things that have gone on, he's done an incredible job coaching his team and being unselfish and giving to each other, and they're just a terrific basketball team, capable in my opinion of winning a national championship," Calhoun said.
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