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Recap: Syracuse 71, Villanova 75
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Date: January 26, 2013 11:00 AM EDT
  

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Ryan Arcidiacono took the inbounds, heaved the ball, and ducked.

Hundreds of Villanova students trampled the court like a bull rush and the game-saving point guard was the target.

One overzealous fan tried to strip him of his No. 15 jersey.

Hey, it's not every day the Wildcats knock off a Top 5 team - though they sure are trying.

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Arcidiacono hit the tying 3-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive 3s in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a Top 5 team this week, 75-71 over No. 3 Syracuse on Saturday.

The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 on Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two Top 5 teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC.

``What a week for us,' coach Jay Wright said.

What an understatement.

Philadelphia's college fans came down with a case of court-storming fever this week after Villanova's win over Louisville and La Salle's 54-53 win the next night over No. 9 Butler. At the Wells Fargo Center, home of the NHL's Flyers, the fans made it a Philly hoops hat trick, rushing the court in celebration of perhaps the biggest regular-season week in Villanova history.

Talk about upset city!

Arcidiacono's 3-point attempt to tie with about 25 seconds left in regulation was off the mark. Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and JayVaughn Pinkston of the Wildcats grabbed the rebound.

Bell missed a 3 and Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed the offensive rebound. Syracuse decided not to foul, giving Yarou time to kick it out to Arcidiacono. He let go a leaner from just beyond the 3-point line to tie the game at 61, force overtime and send the crowd of 18,273 into a frenzy.

``I just put it up and luckily it went in,' Arcidiacono said. ``I think we're having fun.'

The Wildcats may not be ranked in next week's AP Top 25 poll, but they have worked their way into NCAA tournament discussion.

The next time Villanova wins a big one, fans can stay seated.

``It was fun, but, hopefully people know we don't need that anymore,' Arcidiacono said.

With the Orange (18-2, 6-1 Big East) down two points in overtime, Brandon Triche made one free throw with 46.5 seconds left.

Bell followed with a layup to for a 71-68 lead and the Wildcats (13-7, 4-3) held on from the free throw line.

Darrun Hilliard scored 25 points had six assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes. Yarou had 14 points and 16 rebounds for the Wildcats while Bell scored 13 points. The Wildcats committed only one turnover in the final 14 minutes.

Yes, this is the same team that lost consecutive games to Alabama, Columbia and La Salle in November. There's no break on the schedule: Villanova plays Wednesday at No. 24 Notre Dame.

``It takes time to build a team,' Wright said. ``That's what we're doing here. We're building a team.'

Florida State beat No. 3 North Carolina and No. 4 Duke in its big week.

Triche led the Orange with 23 points and Carter-Williams scored 17 points. The Orange had an eight-game winning streak and both of their losses came to Philadelphia teams. They lost to Temple on Dec. 22.

``We missed a lot more layups than we have all year,' coach Jim Boeheim said. ``That's part of the game.'

The Orange clearly could have use James Southerland in the tight game. Southerland, second on the team in scoring at 13.6 points and the team leader with 33 3-pointers, was declared out indefinitely because of an eligibility matter involving academics that has yet to be resolved.

Jerami Grant, who played well in Southerland's absence, hit a 3-pointer early in the second half that gave the Orange their first lead of the game, 33-32. Grant fouled out with 5:22 left and the Orange up one. His fifth foul was against Hilliard. Hilliard missed both from the line, the Orange stormed down in transition off the defensive board, and Triche hit a 3 for a 57-53 lead.

The Orange just could never put them away. They missed six of eight shots in overtime and were only 5 of 14 overall from 3-point range.

``We played good D but their point guard just made a good shot to send it to overtime,' forward C.J. Fair said. ``I knew we had a shot at coming back and winning this game. It just didn't bounce our way.'

The Wildcats gave all the students standing behind each basket and dressed in white an early reason to think they would be rushing again. They opened the game on a 10-0 run and stretched the lead to 25-13. But the fun didn't last long.

Triche, a 50 percent shooter on the season, hit Syracuse's first 3-pointer of the half to slice the lead to four. He tipped in a basket at the buzzer to cut the lead to 32-26.

The next buzzer beater to end a half, Villanova was ready.

``We can't let this be our season,' Hilliard said.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SYR  -300   -7   136 
 VILL  +250   +7   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SYR  -310   -7.5   136 
 VILL  +255   +7.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 SYR  92%   64%   32% 
 VILL  8%   36%   68% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 26
 
    Syracuse at Villanova
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgia State at Drexel
12:00 PM EDT
    Louisville at Georgetown
12:00 PM EDT
    Notre Dame at South Florida
12:00 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Penn State
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at Duke
1:00 PM EDT
    Rhode Island at Fordham
1:00 PM EDT
    Northern Iowa at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Oklahoma State
1:00 PM EDT
    Boston College at Virginia
1:00 PM EDT
    Kansas State at Iowa State
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Dartmouth at Harvard
2:00 PM EDT
    UNC Wilmington at Hofstra
2:00 PM EDT
    Providence at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    Marshall at Memphis
2:00 PM EDT
    Minnesota at Wisconsin
2:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Yale
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Youngstown St
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Georgia Tech
3:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Nebraska
3:00 PM EDT
    Santa Clara at San Diego
4:00 PM EDT
    New Mexico at San Diego State
4:00 PM EDT
    Old Dominion at James Madison
4:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Loyola-Chicago
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Nevada
4:00 PM EDT
    Baylor at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Pittsburgh
4:00 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at Missouri
5:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at Oregon State
5:00 PM EDT
    Xavier at St Josephs
6:00 PM EDT
    Temple at Butler
6:00 PM EDT
    Georgia at Texas AM
6:00 PM EDT
    Hawaii at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Cornell at Columbia
7:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Long Beach State
7:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at North Carolina State
7:00 PM EDT
    Illinois Chicago at Wright State
7:00 PM EDT
    Washington at Oregon
7:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Auburn
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Illinois State
8:00 PM EDT
    Florida at Mississippi St
8:00 PM EDT
    LaSalle at Virginia Commonwealth
8:00 PM EDT
    Bradley at Wichita State
8:00 PM EDT
    Weber State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Southern Utah
9:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana Tech at Utah State
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Colo at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal Riverside at UC Davis
10:00 PM EDT
    Northridge at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Pacific
10:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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