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Syracuse Isn’t Undefeated Anymore

Some possible explanations for Syracuse's first loss of the season last night: It is difficult to win a basketball game, against any team, when you dig yourself a 19–0 hole at the beginning of the game; Kris Joseph, the team's leading scorer, missed the game with a concussion sustained over the weekend; and Pittsburgh — which entered the game at 17–1, good for fourth in the coaches' poll — had never lost to a top-five team at the Petersen Events Center and is off to its best Big East start ever. Or, perhaps it's our fault for saying the word Syracuse in a post yesterday, thereby jinxing them. We're pretty sure it's some combination of the first three, though.

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