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Feb 4, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) controls the ball as Virginia Cavaliers guard Marial Shayok (4) defends during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)
Feb 4, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange guard Andrew White III (3) controls the ball as Virginia Cavaliers guard Marial Shayok (4) defends during the first half at the Carrier Dome. (Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports)

A quick take on Syracuse's 66-62 win against Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the Carrier Dome:

WHAT HAPPENED: Down 34-22 coming out of intermission, Syracuse started on an 11-0 run and eventually led by as many as six points midway through the second half. 

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Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers looks on during the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Wake defeated Syracuse 28-9. (Jeremy Brevard)
Syracuse Orange head coach Dino Babers looks on during the third quarter against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at BB&T Field. Wake defeated Syracuse 28-9. (Jeremy Brevard)

Halfway through their first seasons at their schools, coaches Justin Fuente of Virginia Tech and Dino Babers of Syracuse are headed in different directions.

Fuente seems to have picked up where Frank Beamer left off: the Hokies (4-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) are ranked 17th and lead the Coastal Division going into Saturday's game against the Orange in the Carrier Dome. Syracuse (2-4, 0-2 ACC) has lost four of five and faces three ranked teams in the second half of the season, its chance at the postseason seemingly out of reach already.

"There's a long season ahead of us," Fuente said. "We can take pride in winning a couple games. There's nothing wrong with that. But you've got to move past those things."

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Marco Anthony, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from San Antonio (TX) Holmes, committed to Virginia on Tuesday.

He also reportedly considered Iowa State, UTEP, Long Island, Mercer and Sam Houston State. Anthony is coach Tony Bennett's first commit in 2017.


Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)
Michigan State Spartans forward Matt Costello (10) celebrates win over Binghamton Bearcats during the second half of a game at Jack Breslin Student Events Center. (Mike Carter)

Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll for the first time since early in the 2013-14 season.

The Spartans (9-0) jumped from third to a runaway first following last week's losses by then-Nos. 1 and 2 Kentucky and Maryland. Michigan State received 62 first-place votes Monday from the 65-member national media panel.

Kansas (6-1), which had one first-place vote, moved from fourth to second, while North Carolina, the preseason No. 1, jumped from ninth to third and received two votes for No. 1.

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