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Orange host Huskies; Crunch pursue playoffs

One of the Top Ten teams in the nation, Syracuse University’s men’s basketball squad hosts the University of Connecticut Huskies at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in a game to be broadcast by CBS-TV.

Jim Boeheim’s boys return to the Dome at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, to tip off against the University of South Florida Bulls.

Ticket prices range from $76.45 to $123.35; 1-888-DOMETIX; suathletics.syr.edu.

WAER-FM 88.3 broadcasts all of SU’s basketball games. The pre-game show is “Countdown to Tip-off” and the wrap-up show is called “Double Overtime.”

Ice Hockey: Crunch pursue playoffs

The Syracuse Crunch continues its long-shot playoff bid in the 2011-12 American Hockey League with two home games this weekend at downtown’s Onondaga County War Memorial, State and Harrison streets.

After facing off against the Hershey Bears here at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, the Crunch host Thruway rivals the Albany Devils at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11.

The Syracuse skaters are presently in fourth place in the AHL’s East Division, with a record of 19 wins, 17 losses, 3 overtime losses and 3 shootout losses.

The Crunch is affiliated with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, while Hershey is top farm club of the Washington Capitals, and the Albany squad is the AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. Ticket prices for home games range from $14 to $21; 473-4444.

Music: Fr. Champlin’s sweet legacy

The Mario DeSantis Orchestra will play it hot and sweet at the 11th annual Swinging Sweet Cabaret from 7 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, Feb. 11, at Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Road, on the city’s East Side. Keyboardist Mario DeSantis founded the versatile big band in Syracuse on May 22, 1947, nearly 65 years ago.

The Sweet Cabaret, a fundraiser for the late Father Joseph Champlin’s Guardian Angel Society, also features specialty pastas and salads, a chocolate fountain with an array of sweet treats for dipping and other decadent desserts.

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