The Latest: Virginia beat Syracuse in Jan, but stakes higher


By The Associated Press



Syracuse's Malachi Richardson (23) reacts in the closing seconds of a college basketball game against Gonzaga in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Syracuse won 63-60. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Players on Virginia bench react during the second half of a college basketball game against Iowa State in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia won 84-71. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


Virginia guard London Perrantes listens to head coach Tony Bennett speak during a news conference on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia plays against Syracuse in a regional final game in the men's NCAA Tournament on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)


The Latest on the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, with games Sunday in Chicago and Philadelphia (all times Eastern):

5:40 p.m.

Virginia beat Syracuse at home in late January. Of course, the stakes are much higher this time.

This is the third NCAA Tournament meeting between the schools and second with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

Virginia knocked off Syracuse in the 1984 East Regional final, and with Derrick Coleman leading the way, the Orangemen beat the Cavaliers in the second round in 1990.

Top-seeded Virginia is eyeing its third Final Four and third straight 30-win season. Tenth-seeded Syracuse, which rallied to beat Gonzaga 63-60 Friday and set up an ACC rematch, is trying to reach its first Final Four since 2013 and sixth overall. It also made it in 1975, 1987, 1996 and 2003.

— Andrew Seligman reporting from Chicago.

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5:30 p.m.

After 62 games in the NCAA Tournament, it’s time to determine the last two spots in the Final Four.

Two regional final games are set for Sunday night, with No. 10 seed Syracuse playing No. 1 seed Virginia in Chicago then No. 6 Notre Dame taking on No. 1 North Carolina in Philadelphia.

Virginia and North Carolina are trying to avoid what happened to the other No. 1 seeds: Kansas and Oregon were eliminated in the first Elite Eight games on Saturday night.

The winners Sunday will join Oklahoma and Villanova in the Final Four in Houston.

Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson (23) reacts in the closing seconds of a college basketball game against Gonzaga in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Syracuse won 63-60. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109451945-60e74fb7458e4b9184826c5bdcd66725.jpgSyracuse’s Malachi Richardson (23) reacts in the closing seconds of a college basketball game against Gonzaga in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Syracuse won 63-60. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Players on Virginia bench react during the second half of a college basketball game against Iowa State in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia won 84-71. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109451945-5946942718d8467e95cca6081e00d03a.jpgPlayers on Virginia bench react during the second half of a college basketball game against Iowa State in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia won 84-71. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Virginia guard London Perrantes listens to head coach Tony Bennett speak during a news conference on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia plays against Syracuse in a regional final game in the men’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_109451945-98d3bc5617f343b2b5167568f79dcfd2.jpgVirginia guard London Perrantes listens to head coach Tony Bennett speak during a news conference on Saturday, March 26, 2016, in Chicago. Virginia plays against Syracuse in a regional final game in the men’s NCAA Tournament on Sunday. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

By The Associated Press

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