Sometimes in sports it is obvious when something special is happening. You can see things developing, take a step back, and appreciate what is happening before your very eyes.
Carmelo Anthony's Knicks record 62-point performance earlier this year provides recent evidence. You knew early on you were seeing something special.
Many of Michael Jordan's spectacular performances were that way. The flu game, the game winners, the huge scoring totals, etc. In college basketball this season, the Syracuse Orange are starting to become the latest example.
Against Duke, in what may be the best college basketball game of the season, they face overtime after it looked like they had it won. Syracuse trailed throughout most of the extra frame before a late rally led them to victory.
Wednesday night, they faced their most precarious situation. Down to a Pittsburgh team that always plays Syracuse well, without their backup center in a hostile environment. Not to mention the questionable officiating that could have caused the Orange to get frustrated and let it impact their performance.
Not this team. This Syracuse Orange squad always rises up. Nothing fazes them. Nothing rattles them. They take whatever situation they are in and figure out how to succeed.
This Syracuse team finds a way to win when the odds are stacked against them. This team is special.