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Originally published Friday, April 5, 2013 at 8:53 AM

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FINALS WATCH: Very Rakeem Christmas

Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas and NBC's Jimmy Fallon are each enjoying the other's success.

The Associated Press

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Syracuse forward Rakeem Christmas and NBC's Jimmy Fallon are each enjoying the other's success.

Fallon has become a fan of Christmas - especially when he saw the sophomore forward wears No. 25. Fallon says he's cheering for the Orange in the Final Four, and that has prompted Syracuse students to tweet "Very Rakeem Christmas" photos to the talk show host.

"There have been a lot of pictures and some people at school have been going `Christmas caroling' on their way to classes and stuff," Christmas said Friday. "It's kind of funny and it brings a smile to my face."

Christmas said he sent a congratulatory text to Fallon, who was recently named as Jay Leno's successor on the Tonight Show.

"He said `Thank you very much,'" Christmas said. "It was kind of cool for me."

- Charles Odum -


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