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Boeheim returns, Duke wins without Zion

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.

Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.

"First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one," Boeheim read from a prepared statement. "The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is."

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Rank School Rec
1 Duke23-3
2 Gonzaga26-2
3 Virginia23-2
4 Kentucky22-4
5 Tennessee24-2
6 Nevada24-2
7 Michigan24-3
8 North Carolina21-5
9 Houston25-1
10 Michigan State22-5
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Rank School Rec
1 Kansas20-6
2 Duke23-3
3 Virginia23-2
4 Houston25-1
5 Gonzaga26-2
6 North Carolina21-5
7 Michigan24-3
8 Kentucky22-4
9 Tennessee24-2
9 Buffalo24-3
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