The setting, the crowd and the opponent brought back memories of better, more exciting days for UConn men’s basketball.
And then came reality — the ultimate buzzkill.
“We had a great rivalry,” Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 72-63 win over UConn at a packed Madison Square Garden. “We played great games, great memories. But when you’re in a league, you’re in league and that’s what’s important.”
Boeheim was re-making a point he made when the Huskies and Orange last met as Big East rivals, at the XL Center in February 2013. They could continue playing each other, he said then, but it would not be the...