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Wednesday / August 12.
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    After going 15-3 in conference play and finishing the Big East season as the nation’s top-ranked team, Syracuse is the No. 1 seed for the 2010 Big East championship.

    Despite falling to Louisville in Saturday’s season finale, Syracuse earned its first outright BIG EAST regular-season title since the 1990-91 season, finishing two games ahead of the field in the final conference standings.

     

    Syracuse joins Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Villanova as the top four seeds in the BIG EAST Championship, which begins Tuesday, March 9 at noon Eastern at Madison Square Garden in New York. Those four schools receive byes through two rounds of tournament and won’t play until Thursday’s quarterfinals.

    Renardo Sidney said he will return to Mississippi State next season even after the NCAA on Friday fined him and ruled him ineligible for this season and part of next.

    “Yes I am comeing (sic) back to b a bulldog next year :)” Sidney put on his Facebook status Friday night.

    Sidney, a 6-foot-10 Mississippi State  freshman who has not played this season while the NCAA investigated his case, was declared ineligible for the rest of this season and 30 percent of next year and fined $11,800 for “benefits received from preferential treatment.”

    Mississippi State said it would appeal the decision.

    “We felt from the beginning Renardo deserves the opportunity to be both a student and athlete at Mississippi State, and this is still our hope today,” Mississippi State Athletics Director Greg Byrne told the Los Angeles Times.