FINAL FOUR BOUND: Syracuse pulls off massive comeback in 68-62 win over No. 1 seed Virginia

first_img Published on March 27, 2016 at 8:21 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3 Facebook Twitter Google+ CHICAGO — Adrian Autry was trying to forget everything he knew about Virginia as he sat helpless on the Syracuse bench. The assistant coach had scouted the Cavaliers for this game. He’d scouted them for the game in January and in other games in past years.Syracuse was down by 16 to a team that didn’t give away leads, a team that controlled tempo and shut down offenses with a purpose.There was a certain hopelessness as he and everyone else on the Orange bench watched London Perrantes hit his sixth three pointer and pound three fingers against his temple, staring down a Virginia bench that stood in applause. There was hopelessness as Mike Tobey, a backup center, found an open dunk to end a 7-4 Orange spurt and bring the lead back to 11.“They always somehow compose themselves and boom, bounce the lead back out,” Autry said. “So I’m just sitting there, just kind of cheering the guys. Not trying to think about what I’ve seen over the years.”It was a lead to end this Syracuse season. Its run to the Elite Eight was improbable, but far from magical. A better team stood in its way, and was about to end any hope at history. And that’s when the magic happened. That’s when a 15-0 run, spurred by 21 second-half points from Malachi Richardson, turned improbable into historical. A 68-62 Syracuse (23-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) win over Virginia (29-8), that puts it in the Final Four next week in Houston, where it will play No. 1 seed North Carolina.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt was a run that included a boastful “They can’t f*cking guard me” from Richardson in front of the Syracuse fan section. It included a pull-up 3 in the face of Malcolm Brogdon, the best perimeter defender in the ACC. When it was over, Syracuse had a six-point lead. It had a clear path to the Final Four, its first in three years, but the most unlikely of Jim Boeheim’s six trips.“Coach came in and barked at me a little bit at halftime. I just had to pick it up,” Richardson said. “Once I got going, I was hot. And I was going.”It took the Orange nearly 14 minutes to get a basket on the first attempt of a possession. Its offense was almost solely on the offensive putbacks of Tyler Roberson. There were certain sparks, like Tyler Lydon connecting on a 3 with one of his shoes thrown off to the sideline, or an 11-2 run to start the second half. But those moments, the Cavaliers found answers to.Usually it was in the form of a Perrantes 3-pointer. Syracuse had game-planned for him, but UVA was picking apart the zone and it left him wide open atop the key.The run, not the spurt that Syracuse had continued to threaten with, didn’t ever seem like it was on the verge of happening. And then it happened with a force.“It was a great comeback, one of the best I’ve coached in, any team I’ve had,” Boeheim said. “Virginia has beaten us by 15 points three straight times. And they were up by 15 today. They’re a hard team to come back against, and these guys just made some unbelievable plays. They deserved to win.”Richardson said he started feeling it when he got to the basket and got fouled with 8:23 left. That cut a 13-point lead down to 11. Then he got to the basket again and got it to nine on the next possession. He pulled up from the left wing and pushed the Orange’s deficit from nine to six. He was using the isolation offense to get to the rim, and he did it all alone when he put Syracuse ahead by one – inciting bedlam from the partisan SU crowd.His pull-up 3 over Brogdon made it four. Then his offensive rebound and putback made the lead six. No one could defend him. When he scored only two points in the first half, it wasn’t out of the ordinary. He’s been bad this year in that way, he gets in his own way. But when it clicked, he was unstoppable.During the Syracuse shoot-around on Saturday afternoon, Richardson got the chance to meet NBA shooting legend Reggie Miller, who was broadcasting the game for TBS. Assistant coach Mike Hopkins asked Miller if he had any advice for the freshman, who in turn told him that as a shooter, he needed to have a short memory. He couldn’t hold on to the ones he missed. And on Sunday, when things weren’t going well, he thought of that moment.Trevor Cooney never found his 3-point stroke. Michael Gbinije had just 11 points. Everyone else combined for just 26. The offense came from Richardson when there was no one else willing or able to step up.“Malachi’s been awesome, man,” Cooney said. “He took this second half over. I just told him, keep being aggressive. You’re gonna get those foul calls. The ball’s gonna go in for you.”The celebration on the court was wild and all over the place. A blur to everyone who was asked about it. Cooney was hounded by reporters on the court, sweat still dripping from his head as he caught his breath. Dajuan Coleman boasted that his powerful and frustrated slap of his towel on the hardwood when the team went down by 14 was the sign of life, the beginning of a comeback.The walk-ons took selfies with each other. Former Syracuse players Rakeem Christmas, Tyler Ennis and C.J. Fair watched the celebration from afar on the other side of the court. Director of athletics Mark Coyle waited patiently for his turn to climb the ladder and cut down part of the net.There was the coach that has been through it all, with a hoarse voice and a Final Four hat atop his head, and he thanked all the Syracuse fans. He was suspended nine games and no one’s stopped asking him to talk about it since. He got in Richardson’s ear when Syracuse needed him to step up. Most importantly, he kept the Orange from giving up.When he walked into the locker room, all the hoopla had died down. The walk-ons affectionately started yelling “GOAT” at him, a reference to the “greatest of all time”. He picked up some chicken fingers that were being given out to the team. He looked at his cell phone, walked to the corner of the locker room, sat down, crossed his legs and let out a loud sigh.His team, against all odds, had found a way. And it still isn’t over.“I mean, I thought we deserved to be in the Tournament,” the 40-year SU head coach said. “But I certainly didn’t — I wasn’t planning on getting to the Final Four.” Commentslast_img read more

American Century Championship 2020 schedule, player list, tee times & more to watch celebrity golf tournament

first_imgWhat is there to do when you are a bored celebrity in the middle of a pandemic? Play golf for a good cause — social distanced, of course.That is the 2020 American Century Championship in a nutshell as a who’s who of current and former athletes, actors and other famous faces head to Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course overlooking Lake Tahoe for the annual celebrity golf tournament. NBC is broadcasting all three rounds of the event live. The 72-player field in 2020 includes everyone from NFL quarterbacks Patrick Mahomes and Aaron Rodgers to NBA MVP Stephen Curry and his dad, Dell, plus entertainment personalities Ray Romano, Miles Teller and Larry the Cable Guy, among others.Former NFL quarterback and CBS analyst Tony Romo is also back to defend his titles after winning the tournament in consecutive years. Romo, who dabbles in PGA Tour tournaments on occasion, is a mainstay at the ACC, finishing in the top five in each of his seven appearances.Curry, who finished seventh in 2019, could prove to be Romo’s top challenger making his eighth appearance. Former MLB ace Mark Mulder has won three times (2015-17). Here’s everything to know about the 2020 American Century Championship, including a list of tee times (updated daily), the complete TV schedule, player list, betting odds and more.MORE: Watch the American Century Championship live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)American Century Championship golf scheduleDates: July 10-12TV channels: NBC, NBCSNLive stream:, fuboTV (7-day free trial)Live TV coverage of the 2020 American Century Championship begins Friday from 5-8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports. Rounds 2-3 on Saturday and Sunday will be broadcast on NBC with coverage scheduled to start at 3 p.m. ET each day. All three rounds will re-air on the Golf Channel at 10 p.m. ET following the original broadcasts.The tournament can be live-streamed via as well as fuboTV, which offers a free seven-day trial.DateTV timesTV channelFriday, July 105-8 p.m. ETNBCSN, fuboTVSaturday, July 113-6 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVSunday, July 123-6 p.m. ETNBC, fuboTVAmerican Century Championship 2020 player listThe list of players for the American Century Championship features 72 current or retired athletes, broadcasters and entertainers, including 32 from the NFL, five from the NBA, 12 from MLB, two boxers, two tennis stars and a world long drive competitor. NFLPatrick MahomesAaron RodgersTony RomoJerome BettisDoug FlutieJim McMahonMarcus AllenJerome BettisTim BrownReggie BushTerrell DavisLarry FitzgeraldKyle FullerEddie GeorgeA.J. HawkCase KeenumTravis KelceCooper KuppAnthony LynnBrandon McManusCarson PalmerPatrick PetersonAndre ReedJerry RiceKyle RudolphAdam ThielenMike VrabelDeMarcus WareEric WeddleKyle WilliamsCharles WoodsonSteve YoungNBACharles BarkleyChauncey BillupsStephen CurryDell CurryDeron WilliamsMLBRoger ClemensDerek LoweGreg MadduxMark MulderBrian McCannKevin MillarJimmy RollinsOzzie SmithJohn SmoltzChase UtleyShane VictorinoTim WakefieldOther athletesCanelo AlvarezOscar De La HoyaJames BlakeMardy FishTroy MullinsBroadcastersJay BilasJoe BuckVinny Del NegroKathryn TappenOther celebritiesRay RomanoMiles TellerLarry the Cable GuyBrian BaumgartnerBret BaierChace CrawfordKira DixonJay DeMarcusJoe Don RooneyJohn O’HurleyMichael PenaAlfonso RibeiroRob RiggleJack WagnerAmerican Century Championship tee times & pairingsHere is the complete list of tee times and pairings for Sunday’s final round at the American Century Championship. All times are Eastern.Sunday, July 1211:25 a.m. – Jim McMahon, James Blake, Jay Bilas11:30 a.m. – Roger Clemens, Eric Weddle, Chase Utley11:35 a.m. – Kevin Millar, Brian McCann, Joe Don Rooney11:40 a.m. – Greg Maddux, Shane Victorino, Brandon McManus11:45 a.m. – A.J. Hawk, Brian Baumgartner, Aaron Rodgers11:50 a.m. – Joe Buck, Kyle Fuller, Cooper Kupp11:55 a.m. – Larry Fitzgerald, Patrick Peterson, Jerry RiceNoon – Tim Brown, Marcus Allen, Steve Young12:05 p.m. – Oscar De La Hoya, Bret Baier, Tim Wakefield12:10 p.m. – Jimmy Rollins, Troy Mullins, Reggie Bush12:15 p.m. – Alfonso Ribeiro, Michael Pena, Ozzie Smith12:20 p.m. – Rob Riggle, Jay DeMarcus, Kira K. Dixon12:25 p.m. – Travis Kelce, Patrick Mahomes, Mike Vrabel12:30 p.m. – Andre Reed, Terrell Davis, Charles Woodson12:35 p.m. – Deron Williams, Adam Thielen, Stephen Curry12:40 p.m. – Miles Teller, Ray Romano, Chace Crawford12:45 p.m. – Jerome Bettis, Jake Wagner, Case Keenum12:50 p.m. – Doug Flutie, Kyle Rudolph, DeMarcus Ware12:55 p.m. – Vinny Del Negro, Mark Mulder, Carson Palmer1 p.m. – Chauncey Billups, Canelo Alvarez, Anthony Lynn1:05 p.m. – Derek Lowe, Dell Curry, Tony Romo1:10 p.m. – Larry the Cable Guy, John O’Hurley, Kathryn Tappen1:15 p.m. – John Smoltz, Kyle Williams, Mandy Fish1:20 p.m. – Charles Barkley, Eddie GeorgeAmerican Century Championship oddsTony Romo was the betting favorite to win the American Century Championship tournament for a third year in a row, according to odds via Sports Insider.Tony Romo -120Mark Mulder +250Derek Lowe +1200Mardy Fish +1200Stephen Curry +1800Jack Wagner +2000Case Keenum +2200Kyle Williams +2200John Smoltz +3300Joe Buck +4000Adam Thielen +5000Bret Baier +6600Aaron Rodgers +10000Dell Curry +10000Brandon McManus +12500Brian Urlacher +12500Carson Palmer +12500Jerry Rice +12500Cooper Kupp +15000Kevin Millar +15000Tom Glavine +15000Vinny del Negro +15000Brian McCann +20000American Century Championship prize moneyAn estimated $600,000 in prize money will be donated to charities supporting social justice reform and COVID-19 relief efforts, according to tournament organizers. American Century Championship formatThe American Century Championship follows a modified Stableford format, which awards points based on stroke totals for each hole. The player with the highest point total after three rounds (54 holes) is the winner.Here is the scoring breakdown:10 points for a double eagle8 points for a hole-in-one6 points for an eagle3 points for a birdie1 point for par0 points for bogey-2 points for double-bogey or higherAmerican Century Championship winnersHere are the winners of the 10 most recent American Century Championship tournaments between 2010 and 2019.YearWinnerScore2019Tony Romo712018Tony Romo712017Mark Mulder732016Mark Mulder742015Mark Mulder822014Mark Rypien762013Billy Joe Tolliver672012Dan Quinn662011Jack Wagner802010Billy Joe Tolliver84last_img read more