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Louisville's Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock, (Credit: AP)

Louisville's Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock, center, celebrate with the team after their 78-61 win over Syracuse. (March 16, 2013)

Big East championship: Syracuse vs. Louisville

Louisville rallied from a 16-point deficit to defeat Syracuse, 78-61, in the Big East Championship game Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates while holding the most
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Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates while holding the most valuable payer trophy. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates with teammates after winning
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Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates with teammates after winning the Big East championship. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and Syracuse's Baye Keita react
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Louisville's Montrezl Harrell and Syracuse's Baye Keita react during the second half. (March 16, 2013)

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Louisville's Peyton Siva, Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell
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Louisville's Peyton Siva, Luke Hancock and Montrezl Harrell celebrate during the second half. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock,
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Louisville's Russ Smith, Gorgui Dieng and Luke Hancock, center, celebrate with the team after their 78-61 win over Syracuse. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates with teammates after his
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Louisville's Peyton Siva celebrates with teammates after his team won the Big East tournament championship. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams reacts with teammates on the
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Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams reacts with teammates on the bench during the second half. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Luke Hancock and teammates celebrate late in
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Louisville's Luke Hancock and teammates celebrate late in the second half. (March 16, 2013)

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Syracuse's James Southerland, left, and C.J. Fair, right,
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Syracuse's James Southerland, left, and C.J. Fair, right, fight for control of the ball with Louisville's Stephan Van Treese, center, during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse's Trevor Cooney drives past Louisville's Gorgui Dieng
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Syracuse's Trevor Cooney drives past Louisville's Gorgui Dieng during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Peyton Siva passes away from Syracuse's Michael
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Louisville's Peyton Siva passes away from Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse head coach JIm Boeheim reacts to a
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Syracuse head coach JIm Boeheim reacts to a call during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville head coach Rick Pitino reacts during the
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Louisville head coach Rick Pitino reacts during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

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Louisville's Russ Smith shoots over Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas
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Louisville's Russ Smith shoots over Syracuse's Rakeem Christmas and C.J. Fair during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse's James Southerland reacts after scoring during the
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Syracuse's James Southerland reacts after scoring during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse's C.J. Fair jumps past Louisville's Chane Behanan
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Syracuse's C.J. Fair jumps past Louisville's Chane Behanan during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Louisville's Peyton Siva looks to pass away from
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Louisville's Peyton Siva looks to pass away from Syracuse's Jerami Grant during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

Syracuse's C.J. Fair reacts after making a three-pointer
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Syracuse's C.J. Fair reacts after making a three-pointer during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

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Syracuse's Brandon Triche shoots over Louisville's Wayne Blackshear
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Syracuse's Brandon Triche shoots over Louisville's Wayne Blackshear during the first half. (March 16, 2013)

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