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Mike Anthony: UConn takes out Syracuse, takes over New York, takes hold of a new (and old) identity

Mike Anthony: UConn takes out Syracuse, takes over New York, takes hold of a new (and old) identity

From the get-go they were unafraid, all of them, the new coaches and returning players, a bunch of badasses pulling the UConn sleigh through the sludge of the Manhattan snow and putting a new product and old vibe on display at Madison Square Garden, their first real look-at-us-now moment together.

They were all fire, fight and fun while building an 83-76 victory over Syracuse Thursday night, a game that played out before the usual split and sizzling crowd of overlapping chants, one that ended with UConn fans owning a building where a bulk of the program's identity has been built over the years.

“I'm just so proud of these dudes right here next to me,” said coach Dan Hurley,...

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