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Monday / January 30.
  • GREENBURGH, N.Y. –– So much for the idea that a single loss can help a team by relieving pressure.

    Knicks star Carmelo Anthony said Syracuse would have preferred to go unbeaten rather than lose a game during the regular season.

    “I don’t think nobody want to lose games,” Anthony said Monday at Knicks practice. “I mean, we wanted to go undefeated. I know they wanted to go undefeated. It happened, they lost. We’ll see how they rank us now. We might drop to seven now.”

    Knicks forward Josh Harrellson is expected to have right wrist surgery “shortly” and then faces a six-week recovery period, a Knicks spokesman said Monday.

    “He’ll be back sometime after the All-Star break,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni added.

    Harrellson fractured the wrist during an awkward fall in Saturday night’s 119-114 double-OT loss to the Denver Nuggets at MSG.

    Philly Friends Central forward Amile Jefferson is still mulling his college options, but at least one source close to the recruitment believes it will come down to Duke or N.C. State.

    “I think it’s 60/40 Duke,” the source said.

    In this interview with FiveStarBasketball.com, Jefferson lavished praise upon Duke and  Coach K.

    “Duke’s a great program, it pretty much speaks for itself,” Jefferson said. “Basketball, academic-wise and really all walks of a college experience, that’s really one of the places you would want to be.

    NEW YORK — Villanova guard Maalik Wayns felt like he let his team down after scoring just points in a 79-66 home loss to then-No. 1 Syracuse Jan. 11.

    Wayns went 0-for-7 in the game and managed just three foul shots in 34 minutes.

    “I felt like I let my team down that game,” Wayns said Saturday. “We came back to practice the next day to get better and my coaches and my teammates have total confidence in me and they told me to put it behind me.”

    So far, so good.