Written for your enjoyment by: RaffIf, ifs and buts were candies and nuts we'd all have a Merry Christmas.But you'll get no excuses tonight. At least none here. Syracuse was just flat out beaten. Went West - didn't play well and was out-executed in the end.Tip of the cap to the Bulldogs. They played hard - and their defense early was very good.It's the second straight trip to the Sweet Sixteen for the Orange -- and a second straight surprise. Last year, they were the underdog, but they weren't even close. This year, they were the favorite and the result was the same. Major disappointment for the Orange.Still a fine season -- with plenty of accomplishments that were somewhat unexpected.It's all sort of a blur at the moment. Just a disappointing end to what was a fascinating season.Save...

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