When you hear college basketball rivalries what’s the first thing that pops into your head? Most people immediately would think of Duke and North Carolina maybe some would say Kentucky and Louisville. How about the Big East rivalry between Uconn and Syracuse? Outside of the Northeast and Big East country this may be the most underrated in college basketball today. Whenever these two teams square off something special happens. Whether it was Gerry McNamara’s memorable game tying shot in the 2006 Big East tournament, or how could one forget the classic six overtime game just two short years ago, and even last year these two teams had a controversial timeout call decide the winner. This rivalry certainly has had its moments, but lately Uconn has been on the other side of lady luck against the Orange. While Uconn is 9-7 against Syracuse since the 2000-2001 season, the Orange have had the last laugh over the past couple meetings giving the Huskies heartbreaking loss after heartbreaking loss. Last seasons meeting just about sums up Uconn’s heartbreak with John Cahill awarding Syracuse a timeout and possesion in a tie game with 35 seconds left when Uconn had the ball in a game the Huskies desperately needed. Of course this call ended up costing the Huskies the game and possibly some much needed momentum that may have propelled them into the NCAA tournament. Fast forward one year and it seems ironic that the roles from last years game have been switched in Wednesday nights meeting. As unlikely as it seems Uconn has assumed the role of the team destined for a deep NCAA tournament run, and Syracuse suddenly is the team in desperate need for a win over a big time opponent. Much like last years’ UConn squad many are pointing to chemistry issues as Syracuse’s main reason behind this four game losing streak. But, as Jim Calhoun knows all to well you can never count out the Orange no matter what their record says especially in this heated rivalry. Jim Boeheim’s squad led by Kris Joseph will come in with a nothing to lose attitude and certainly will put their best foot forward against the Huskies. Kemba Walker will have to lead the offense attack as most of his teammates have not seen a two-three zone like Syracuse’s. The Huskies will need Walker and freshmen Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier to shoot the ball extremely efficient from three in order to secure a much belated win in this rivalry. With things going unexpectedly well for Uconn and Syracuse faced with a must win scenario this great rivalry seems poised to turn in another great memory for fans. Jim Calhoun and his squad just hope they can come out on the winning side of things this time, and digging the Orange a deeper hole in the Big East would certainly make him smile too.