Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim calls out to his players in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against North Carolina State in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Syracuse won 56-55. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)The Associated Press
CORRECTS TO SECOND HALF, INSTEAD OF FIRST - Syracuse’s C.J. Fair, top, shoots what became the winning basket against North Carolina State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. Goaltending was called against North Carolina State’s Ralston Turner on the play. Syracuse won 56-55. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)The Associated Press
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Syracuse and Wichita State remain the only unbeaten teams in men's Division I basketball, but the Orange have displayed some vulnerability of late and are no longer the unanimous No. 1 in the AP poll.
Syracuse (25-0, 12-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), which faces last-place Boston College (6-19, 2-10) at home on Wednesday night, has 10 wins by eight points or fewer, and the Orange's combined margin of victory in four of the past five games was 11 points: 91-89 in overtime against then-No. 17 Duke, 61-55 over Notre Dame, and 56-55 over North Carolina State, all at home; and 58-56 at No. 25 Pittsburgh in the Petersen Events Center.
The Panthers had been 9-0 against top-five teams in the 12-year history of the building — until Orange freshman point guard Tyler Ennis hit a 35-footer at the final buzzer. C.J. Fair's layup with 6.7 seconds left gave Syracuse the one-point win over the Wolfpack on Saturday night.