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Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said he didn’t necessarily expect to get this far in the NCAA Tournament.

“I was hoping to beat Dayton [in the first round],” Boeheim said. “I thought we could. I thought it would be a close game. I thought Michigan State would beat Middle Tennesse. …. I didn’t think we could beat [the Spartans]. ….  Realistically I would have been happy beating Dayton and losing to Michigan State.”

Boeheim continued to break down the second half of the Orange’s run: “I thought we could beat Gonzaga if things went right. We played very poorly offensively. We needed a comeback. Viriginia was a longshot. They were an 8 ½-point favorite. That’s a pretty big favorite. … I would have been very surprised two weeks ago to think we would be in the Final Four. Realistically.”