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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.