Louisville's reign at No. 1 is likely over after one week.
The Cardinals' focus now is on reclaiming the top spot and holding on when it matters - through the season's end in April - after falling to No. 6 Syracuse 70-68 on Saturday.
"That doesn't bother me at all,'' Cardinals senior guard Peyton Siva said of the team's expected slip when the new poll is announced Monday.
"I'd rather have the No. 1 ranking at the end of the year. I really don't mind having the No. 1 ranking at all. We're going to work our way back up to that spot and hopefully get it at the end of the year.''
Doing so means overcoming mistakes in, including one by Siva, the Big East's preseason player of the year.
His cross-court pass was intercepted by Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams with 26 seconds left. Carter-Williams took the ball from the Cardinals' free throw line and slammed a contested dunk down 3 seconds later over Louisville center Gorgui Dieng for the go-ahead basket.
"I saw him at the last minute,'' Siva said. "It was just a stupid pass on my part.''
The Cardinals had a chance to win or tie on their last possession, but another pass from Siva to Dieng landed near his knees before being stripped and was stolen to seal Syracuse's win. It was the Orange's third straight win over the Cardinals.
Siva, who finished with three points going 1 of 9 from the field, was already dreading the film session to break down the loss.
"He's mature. I don't even worry about him,'' junior Russ Smith said of his backcourt mate. "At the end of the day, he worries about me. Peyton is Peyton. I expect him to just be Peyton on Tuesday (against Villanova).''
Smith led Louisville with 25 points, the only Cardinal in double figures. Chane Behanan had nine points and 11 rebounds.
Syracuse gutted out the road win in front of a school-record crowd of 22,814, but Orange coach Jim Boeheim felt the Cardinals were still the team to beat in the Big East as well as the nation.
"They will be there at the end of the year, and the team to beat,'' Boeheim said. "I think they will be the team to beat in the country when it all comes down to it in the end.''
Carter-Williams had 16 points, Jerami Grant and C.J. Fair both had 10 for the Orange (17-1, 5-0) who won their seventh straight.
When asked if he still thinks his team is the best in the country, Behanan responded, "We're one of them. We just got beat by one of them. There's a lot of good teams. All that matters is who is going to come to March and get the job done.''
Brandon Triche scored 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams scored 11 of the Orange's final 13 points as Syracuse won a showdown between two of the three Big East teams unbeaten in conference play.
It was the second straight Saturday No. 1 went down as Duke lost to then-No. 20 North Carolina State 84-76.
It was the Orange's third straight win over the Cardinals.
Carter-Williams' most important contributions were a go-ahead 3-pointer with 5:28 remaining, followed by a steal and go-ahead dunk with 23 seconds left as he scored nine of his team's final 11 points, including the last four.
He added a rebound and another steal at the end to cap a 16-point, seven-assist game that made it easy for Carter-Williams to forget a five-point first half and those two missed free throws.
Brandon Triche also played a big role in beating the Cardinals.
He was 9 of 13 from the field, including five of Syracuse's seven 3-pointers, to finish with 23 points as the Orange (17-1, 5-0 Big East) took control of the Big East Conference.
Louisville, which was ranked No. 1 for the second time in school history, had its 11-game winning streak stopped. The Cardinals shot 41 percent (24 of 59) including 29 percent in the second half.
After taking a 68-66 lead on Smith's two free throws with 1:58 remaining, Louisville missed two shots and committed two turnovers.
"That was a great college basketball game and they made some really terrific defensive plays down the stretch,'' Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. "They made the plays, they made the shots when it counted and we didn't.''
Louisville's reign at No. 1 is likely over after one week.
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Brace, a recent 2013 graduate of Claremore High School, received All-State honors from the Oklahoma Coaches Association earlier this month for her three-year commitment to the Claremore High School athletic training program.
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Session I of the camp is June 17-19, with Session II set for June 24-26, and cost for each camp is $200. Camp runs from 9 a.m.-noon each day.
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The Claremore Lady Zebra volleyball camp will take place on May 20-23 at the Claremore High School gymnasium.
Under the direction of Lady Zebra head coach Lindsey Renfroe, campers will receive instruction in fundamentals — passing, setting, hitting and serving.
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Area senior all-star athletes from 21 schools in northeastern Oklahoma will lace up their high tops, hoist their bats and dust off their pom-poms in preparation for the 2013 Green Country All-Star Games held May 23-24 in Catoosa.
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Conner Kendrick and Terrance Dedrick combined on a five-hit shutout as Auburn defeated No. 13 Arkansas, 3-0, in the series opener on Thursday night at Plainsman Park.
Arkansas drops to 34-18 overall and 17-10 in Southeastern Conference play, while Auburn is now 32-21 and 12-16 in league play.
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Keegan Bradley had no thoughts of a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday.
“It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this,” Bradley said. “But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it.”
Cowboys rock Mountaineers, 7-4
Oklahoma State showcased its offensive ability in its series opener against West Virginia on Thursday at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium.
Whether it’s small ball or the long ball — both of which came into effect — the 16th-ranked Cowboys are proving they can find a way to win here late in the season with a 7-4 mauling of the Mountaineers.
OU baseball closes out regular season play at K-State
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The Sooners’ season hinges on the outcome.
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