Final Four nice but not good enough for Boeheim

  • Article by: DAVID GINSBURG
  • Associated Press
  • March 31, 2013 - 6:16 AM

WASHINGTON - Jim Boeheim won't derive any satisfaction from his fourth trip to the Final Four unless he returns from Atlanta cradling the national championship trophy.

With Boeheim watching from the sideline, Syracuse cruised past Marquette 55-39 Saturday to earn a berth in Final Four for the first time since 2003. Afterward, the 68-year-old coach happily cut down the net to celebrate the East Regional title.

It was a nice moment, but what Boeheim really wants to do is slice through the nylon at the Georgia Dome a couple Mondays from now.

"When you make the Final Four, obviously right now it's a great reason to be happy," he said. "But if you don't win the Final Four, you'll be more unhappy than you would be if you lost today. That's the way I look at it. If I know I'm going to lose, I'd rather lose right now and get it over with and go to Disney World."

Boeheim was supposed to go the amusement park next weekend, but that trip will be postponed while he tends to the matter of winning the national championship.

The Orangemen did just that in 2003, but Boeheim remembers vividly losing the title game in 1987 and 1996.

"I hate losing," he said. "I've lost two final games and it's not a good feeling."

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