Syracuse had a strong home-court advantage as usual at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday night, in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
Despite the continuing controversy regarding assistant coach Bernie Fine, Syracuse fans were out in force, and very vocal in their support of the team.
In the postgame news conference after the Orange's 69-58 win over Virginia Tech, the Syracuse players were asked if things felt any different at the Garden this time around.
"I think we're always comfortable," said Brandon Triche, who had 18 points on the night. "We're doing some of the same things. We're not changing up any formats. We are trying to make it as normal as possible. I think coming down here we had the same energy. The lights are bright. I think we just try to stick to what we've been doing for the last couple of years. That's what we've been doing the last couple of games."
"Not at all," said leading scorer Kris Joseph (20 points), when asked if anything's different. "We're here to play basketball. We're here to win basketball games, two basketball games. We got the first one out the way. We're just looking forward to playing Stanford on Friday."