SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Saturday night, the Palace Theatre had it all, fans, food and the big game on the big screen in a welcoming atmosphere for all ages.
"It's nice to be in a place where there are other people that you're sharing the experience with and I was here with my son and his friend," said Joel Frank.
"I brought my grandson because he wanted to come, and we can sit here, have a good time. He shot a few hoops during the half time, it was pretty good," said Mike Van Camp.
And while the party was a good time, many fans said the game was difficult to watch right from the get go.
"It was just horrible from the beginning, the mojo that we got back two days ago evaporated. The team that they were in the beginning of the season seemed to go away. It reappeared when we played Florida State, it reappeared the other night, and it was just gone again, just inability to score. It was just painful," said Bob Switalski.
"At the very beginning they were asleep, I don't know what they were doing. Unfortunately, if they had kept it up and started right out off the bat, they probably would have had it," said Van Camp.
And the problems only grew. Throughout the game, the Orange struggled offensively, and had few leads right through to the end.
"Not only threes, they didn't make jump shots. I think all their points were in the paint, point-blank put backs that they couldn't make, lay ups that they didn't make. The fact that they didn't get any threes was frosting on the cake," said Switalski.
"It's just too bad it had to end now right in Syracuse territory, you know getting down to the Sweet 16 would've been nice," said Mike Rodda.
And while many fans say they are proud of how far the team made it overall, the hangover from this loss will be hard to shake.
"Until the NCAAs are over, it's hard to watch the tournament going on without us being in it, particularly when we should be," said Switalski.
A bitter pill for Orange fans to swallow.