DURHAM, N.C. - Along the path to an epic rematch of an instant classic, Syracuse-Duke Part II turned into a game of survival.
Oh, it still could be a great game to watch. Their first meeting on Feb. 1 before 35,446 fans in the Carrier Dome was ESPN's third most viewed regular season men's college basketball game on record.
Big shots followed by bigger shots finally culminated in a 91-89 overtime victory for the Orange. The moment it ended, it arguably ranked at the top of a short list for best college basketball games this season.
The beauty of potentially seeing another classic, though, is replaced by a cold reality. Either the Orange, who lost in overtime to Boston College 62-59 on Wednesday, or the Blue Devils, who lost to North Carolina 74-66 on Thursday, will walk away from Saturday having dropped consecutive games.
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