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                           College Basketball Upstate

Syracuse "Big Orange" is nationally recognized as a leader in college basketball year after year.  It plays in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and is seen regularly on national television.   A few miles down l-90, the Siena Saints play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), along with Upstate colleges Canisius and Marist.  In total, the Upstate New York is home to 22 NCAA Division l colleges and 51 Division lll schools.  They all have baskeball programs that encourage both intercollegite and intramural competition for men and women.  At many colleges, the women's teams outperform the men in skill and national recognition.  They are all fun to watch and a great source of pride and entertainment for their local communities

                Syracuse "Big Orange"

The Syracuse "Big Orange" is one of the top college basketball programs in the country. In its 42nd year under current head coach Jim Boeheim (who also played there in college)  the team has compiled an all-time record 37 20-win seasons, including ten Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, 32 NCAA Tournament appearances (and 38 all-time), and three appearances in the national title game. In those games, the Orange lost to Indiana in 1987 and Kentucky in 1996, before defeating Kansas for the title in 2003 with the help of Carmelo Anthony.

                           Siena Saints         

The Saints are coached by Jimmy Patsos, who used to be the head coach at Loyola (Maryland). Siena plays its home games at the 14,500 all-seater Times Union Center in downtown Albany. Since 1988, the team has appeared in six NCAA Tournaments (1989, 1999, 2002, 2008, 2009 and 2010 ) and five NIT Tournaments (1988, 1991, 1994, 2000, and 2003). Siena has advanced to the Round of 32 three times in program history. In 1989 they defeated Stanford 80-78. In 2008 Siena beat Vanderbilt 83-62 and the following year they edged Ohio State 74-72 in double overtime.


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                                                                                           Basketball Basics

Basketball is a limited-contact sport played on a rectangular court. While most often played as a team sport with five players on each side, three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one competitions are also common. The objective is to shoot a ball through a hoop 18 inches in diameter and 10 feet high that is mounted to a backboard at each end of the court. The game is very popular as a recreational, college and professional sports.   It is played by both men and women.

A team can score a field goal by shooting the ball through the basket being defended by the opposition team during regular play. A field goal scores three points for the shooting team if the player shoots from behind the three-point line, and two points if shot from in front of the line. A team can also score via free throws, which are worth one point, after the other team is assessed with certain fouls. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but additional time (overtime) is mandated when the score is tied at the end of regulation. The ball can be advanced on the court by passing it to a teammate, or by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling).

Basketball is one of the world's most popular and widely viewed sports. The National Basketball Association (NBA) is the most significant professional basketball league in the world in terms of popularity, salaries, talent, and level of competition.

At the college level, nearly every college in America has a basketball team.  They are organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) into one of three Division based on a number of factors including number of students and past performance.  Division 1 is the highest level of competition.  Teams play for an annual National Championship, which begins at regional levels and to determine the top four college teams which then compete in a Final Four competition.  The top two teams from that event play for the National Championship.

For fans, trying to guess which of 64 teams will make it to the Final Four has become a major social activity.  Its rapid growth and social media have created a frenzy called March Madness, which is now used to promote the coverage of all games on national television in the USA.