When the Clock Strikes Four

When looking at the final four minutes of Syracuse's four road losses, a pattern becomes evident, an area of concern moving forward. More inside.

The Syracuse Orange men's basketball team has definitely handled home court not only this season but for more than two years. They are currently 15-0 this season and are 37-0 inside the Carrier Dome, dating back to the latter part of the 2010-11 season.

Syracuse's 37 consectuive home victories is the longest active streak in NCAA Division I men's basketball.

However, as well as they have taken care of their own home, the Orange have had a tough time being comfortable in the homes of others.

All four of Syracuse's defeats have come outside of their comfort zone.

Despite winning five of their nine road contests, the Orange have not ended with the advantage against three of the last four opponents that hosted them.

Four seems to be the non-magical number for Syracuse. In each of their four losses, the final four minutes depict a rotting Orange.

In their first loss, coming against the Temple Owls in Madison Square Garden in New York City, Syracuse made a mere five of their final 13 attempts from the field.

Versus the Villanova Wildcats in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Orange took only three attempts in the final four minutes of regulation; they made one of them.

In the final four minutes of the overtime period, Syracuse took twice as many attempts as they did in the last four minutes of the second half, but only made one more shot, going 2-for-6.

Heading across the state to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to face the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Orange made only 3 of their final 10 tries from the field in the closing four minutes.

Syracuse would top that debacle in Pittsburgh by taking three more attempts in the final four minutes versus the Connecticut Huskies, only to come up with three makes once again, ending the match 3-for-13.

Whether trailing or leading at the break or gaining an advantage in the second half, Syracuse has underperformed when the clock dwindles down away from the Carrier Dome.

Time, both in the final four minutes of a game and in the season in general, is of the essence as the Orange eye the NCAA Tournament, a contest that will not feature the Orange inside the familiar walls of the Dome even once.

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