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— The Syracuse University men’s basketball team brings its regular season to a close when Coach Jim Boeheim’s boys tip off against the University of Louisville Cardinals at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at SU’s Carrier Dome. The game will be telecast by CBS.

For most of the remarkable season, the SU dribblers have been ranked No. 1 or No. 2 in the nation, and they figure to be a major factor in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.

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 time!

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 Binghamton Senators here at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 2, the Crunch host the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 3.

The Syracuse skaters are presently in fourth place in the AHL’s East Division, with a record of 21 wins, 24 losses, 4 overtime losses and 4 shootout losses.

The Crunch is affiliated with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, while Binghamton is the top farm club of the Ottawa Senators, and the St. John’s squad is the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets. Ticket prices for home games range from $14 to $21; 473-4444.

Music: Zydeco at Palace Theatre

Accordionist Buckwheat Zydeco will pump out an exciting set of Louisiana rhythm and blues at 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at the Palace Theater, 2384 James St., in Eastwood. Powerhouse Americana roots band Professor Louie and the Crowmatix will open.

Buckwheat is the stage name of 64-year-old Stanley Dural Jr. His latest disc is “Lay Your Burden Down.” Friday’s concert will benefit the West and South Side P.E.A.C.E., Inc.

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