PHILADELPHIA – Syracuse might want to scrub Philadelphia teams from the schedule.
In December, a loss to Temple. On Saturday, a loss to Villanova.
Even worse for the third-ranked Orange, they were seconds away from a ninth straight victory.
Ryan Arcidiacono spoiled those plans with the tying three-pointer with 2.2 seconds left in regulation, and James Bell hit consecutive threes in overtime to send Villanova to its second win over a top-five team last week, 75-71.
The Wildcats defeated No. 5 Louisville 73-64 Tuesday and became the first unranked team to beat two top-five teams in the same season since Florida State in 2011-12, according to STATS LLC.
Brandon Triche led the Orange (18-2, 6-1 Big East) with 23 points and Michael Carter-Williams added 17.
We couldn’t get going offensively for a long time, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. We hung in there and battled.
The Wildcats (13-7, 4-3) took advantage with Syracuse’s rough day from the field.
Arcidiacono’s three-point attempt to tie with about 25 seconds left in regulation was off the mark. Carter-Williams missed the front end of a 1-and-1 and JayVaughn Pinkston of the Wildcats grabbed the rebound.
Bell missed a three and Mouphtaou Yarou grabbed the offensive rebound. Syracuse decided not to foul, giving Yarou time to kick it out to Arcidiacono. He let go a leaner from just beyond the three-point line to tie the game at 61, force overtime and send the crowd of 18,273 into a frenzy.
I just put it up and luckily it went in, Arcidiacono said. I think we’re having fun.
The Wildcats might not be ranked in this week’s AP Top 25 poll, but they have worked their way into NCAA tournament consideration.
What a week for us, coach Jay Wright said.
No. 1 DUKE 84, MARYLAND 64: In Durham, N.C., Freshman Rasheed Sulaimon scored a season-high 25 points as the Blue Devils bounced back from one of their worst losses under coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Mason Plumlee added 19 points and Seth Curry had 13 for the Blue Devils (17-2, 4-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).
No. 3 KANSAS 67, OKLAHOMA 54: In Lawrence, Kan., Ben McLemore scored 18 points and Jeff Withey added 13 points and nine rebounds as the Jayhawks (18-1, 6-0 Big 12) extended their nation-leading winning streak to 17 games.
GEORGETOWN 53, No. 5 LOUISVILLE 51: In Washington, Otto Porter had 17 points and grabbed the game’s decisive rebound with 1.4 seconds to play as the Hoyas (14-4, 4-3 Big East) handed the Cardinals (16-4, 4-3) their third straight loss.
No. 6 ARIZONA 74, USC 50: In Tucson, Ariz., Nick Johnson scored 14 points as the Wildcats (17-2, 5-2 Pac-12) were dominant from the opening tip, shooting out to leads of 18-4 and 29-7 against the Trojans (8-13, 3-5), who shot 28 percent.
No. 8 FLORIDA 82, MISSISSIPPI STATE 47: In Starkville, Miss., Kenny Boynton and Erik Murphy each scored 18 points, Patric Young and Scottie Wilbekin added 13 as the Gators (16-2, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) won for an eighth time in a row. Fred Thomas led the Bulldogs (7-11, 2-4) with 19 points.
No. 10 GONZAGA 66, SAN FRANCISCO 52: In SPOKANE, Wash., Kelly Olynyk scored 13 points as the Bulldogs (19-2, 6-0 West Coast Conference) extended their home winning streak against the Dons (9-12, 2-6) to 24 games.
IOWA STATE 73, No. 11 KANSAS STATE 67: In Ames, Iowa, Will Clyburn had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Cyclones (14-5, 4-2 Big 12) handed the Wildcats (15-4, 4-2) their second straight loss. Freshman Georges Niang added 15 points for Iowa State.
SAN DIEGO STATE 55, No. 15 NEW MEXICO 34: In San Diego, JJ O’Brien had 12 points and 10 rebounds as the Aztecs (16-4, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) dealt the Lobos (17-3, 4-1) their first conference loss and snapped their four-game winning streak.
No. 16 OREGON 81, WASHINGTON 76: In Eugene, Ore. E.J. Singler scored 18 points as the Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12) stayed undefeated at home.
No. 18 N.C. STATE 91, NORTH CAROLINA 83: In Raleigh, N.C., Lorenzo Brown had 20 points and 11 assists to help the Wolfpack (16-4, 5-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) end a 13-game losing streak against the Tar Heels (13-6, 3-3).
No. 22 MISSOURI 81, VANDERBILT 59: In Columbia, Mo., Jabari Brown scored 21 points, and Alex Oriakhi tied a career high with 18 to lead the Tigers (15-4, 4-2 Southeastern Conference).