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The ampersand—&—is a ligature of the letters "e" and "t"—et—which means "and" in Latin. It closely ties two items or ideas together. One of the main ways it is used in formal writing is in company names—think Johnson & Johnson or Boys & Girls Club of America. It is sometimes also used in formulas and computer code. Ampersands can be written using many variations of typography.

Into the nineteenth century, the ampersand was regularly included at the end of the alphabet, being viewed as the 27th letter. The name "ampersand" came from the recitation of the alphabet, which was ended by saying "and per se and." "Per se" means by itself, so the end of recitation meant "X, Y, Z, and, by itself, 'and.'" The "and per se and" eventually was slurred together to create the word ampersand.

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Syracuse basketball has a pair of massive visits by 2022 targets coming up (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball already has two four-star commits in its 2022 class, and the Orange continues to pursue a handful of other high-school players in this cycle.

With 2022 four-star big man Dominick Barlow, a ‘Cuse recruiting prospect, opting to sign a deal with the Overtime Elite professional league, by my count that leaves four 2022 guys left as potential commits in this class.

Two of these targets are taking official visits to the Hill in the near future, and how those trips go could pave the way for potential commitments. At a minimum, it may provide further clarity on how the Orange’s 2022 class is ultimately going to shake out, one way or another.

As we recently noted in a column, per media reports, 2022 four-star guard J.J. Starling, a Central New York native, will take a second official visit to the ‘Cuse on September 10-12.

The consensus top-40 prospect, who is heading into his senior year at the La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., recently visited Notre Dame and also has visits planned for Northwestern on September 17-19, and to Duke on September 24-26.

Another Syracuse basketball 2022 prospect will soon visit the Hill.

As first reported by Mike McAllister, the publisher of SyracuseOnSI, 2022 big man Peter Carey is eyeing an official visit to the Orange during the weekend of September 24.

Carey, who can play power forward and center, recently competed in the annual ‘Cuse Elite Camp. He attends the Northfield Mount Hermon School in Mount Hermon, Mass.

We published a piece on Carey earlier this week, noting that with Barlow no longer an option, Carey becomes an even more critical possible piece to the Orange’s 2022 class.

These upcoming official visits by Starling and Carey are encouraging. They’re also extremely important, in my humble opinion.

Syracuse basketball recruiting: PF Peter Carey joins local PG JJ Starling as official visitors this month (; Bailey)

Syracuse basketball has two Class of 2022 recruits set to take official visits during the month of September. Power forward Peter Carey has booked a trip for the weekend of Sept. 24-25, he confirmed via text message on Tuesday. That news was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

Local point guard JJ Starling will be on campus this upcoming, as multiple outlets previously reported.

The 6-foot-11, 190-pound Carey is unrated by the major recruiting services. A senior at Northfield Mount Hermon School in Gill, Mass., he picked up an offer from the Orange staff in July before attending a camp in Central New York two weeks ago. Carey also holds scholarship opportunities from Rutgers, St. Bonaventure, UMass, Albany, Bryant and Brown.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Starling is rated four stars, the No. 6 combo guard this cycle and the No. 35 overall recruit. He's a Baldwinsville local who transferred to La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., ahead of his junior campaign. Starling has already taken one official visit to Maryland in June and has another slated for Duke during the weekend of Sept. 24. In addition to the Orange, Blue Devils and Terrapins, other schools to offer him include Stanford, Alabama, Miami and St. John's.

Syracuse Basketball: 5-star Zion Cruz delays reveal, some predictions shift (itlh; Adler)

Five-star combo guard Zion Cruz, an elite prospect in the 2022 class who holds a Syracuse basketball offer, won’t be announcing his future college choice for a bit longer, he said on social media.

The 6-foot-5 Cruz was set to make his decision known this past Sunday afternoon, but he said in an Instagram post that he was delaying his announcement due to an unfortunate circumstance involving a family member.

First and foremost, I sincerely hope that Cruz and his family member are okay. Cruz said via Instagram that he would disclose another commitment date in the upcoming weeks.

According to media reports, just prior to Cruz’s planned commitment announcement on Sunday, his finalists were Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina, Southeastern Conference team Auburn and Big East Conference participant Creighton.

Previous media reports indicated that Cruz originally was going to announce his college pick on August 19, but that plan got postponed.

I’m not a recruiting analyst, nor am I in Cruz’s inner circle, so I don’t think it’s appropriate to speculate on anything. We’ll have to see how his recruiting process plays out.

Analyst predictions are split for Zion Cruz, who has a Syracuse basketball offer.

According to most recruiting services, Cruz is deemed a five-star, top-20 prospect nationally in the 2022 class. However, ESPN did recently place him much further down when it updated its 2022 ratings.

Cruz is heading into his senior year at The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., and he runs on the AAU circuit with the Bronx, N.Y.-based PSA Cardinals.

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Syracuse Basketball: ESPN spurns 2022 4-star commits in new rankings (itlh; Adler)

Call me biased or a Syracuse basketball homer. It’s totally fine.

Even though I always readily admit that I’m not a recruiting analyst, in my book, Orange 2022 four-star commits Justin Taylor and Quadir Copeland are both top-100 prospects across the county in this cycle.

Unfortunately, though, the folks over at ESPN don’t seem to agree with me, at least for the time being. ESPN recently updated its national ratings of the top-100 prospects within the 2022 class. Taylor and Copeland are nowhere to be found, and that’s a shame.

Recruiting rankings are good for context in my articles. I fully acknowledge that. But I often will preface such columns by saying that these recruiting ratings are subjective, and they don’t tell the entire story every single time.

Case in point is these two Syracuse basketball 2022 commits. As it pertains to the 6-foot-6 Taylor, a wing, and the 6-foot-6 Copeland, a point guard, I strongly believe that you will not find 100 better high-school players nationwide than them.
Syracuse basketball commits Justin Taylor and Quadir Copeland are ranked elsewhere.

Taylor gave his verbal pledge to the ‘Cuse in late June. Copeland followed suit with his own verbal commitment to the Orange last month.

Both Taylor and Copeland, who are good friends, will suit up during their senior seasons for the post-grad team at the powerhouse IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Copeland has transferred to the IMG Academy from the Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., while Taylor previously played at the St. Anne’s-Belfield School in Charlottesville, Va.

For comparison’s sake on these national rankings, recently updated its own 2022 ratings. This recruiting service has Taylor at No. 65 overall, with Copeland placed at No. 86.

At the time of this writing, on September 1, 247Sports had Taylor at No. 61 nationally. The industry-generated 247Sports Composite, which frequently fluctuates, had Taylor at No. 63 and Copeland at No. 148.

I’ve opined of late that Syracuse basketball is seeing a lot of positive momentum with its recruiting. I’m sure some Orange fans would want to chime in here and say, well, the team’s two 2022 commits aren’t even top-100 players.

That’s fair, although in some respects and according to some recruiting services, Copeland and Taylor are, in fact, top-100 prospects.

Plus, each has a sizable opportunity to perform well at the IMG Academy this coming season, which absolutely could lead to a rankings bump down the road.

The Biggest Upsets in College Basketball History - The Juice Online (the juice; Robinson)

Everybody loves an underdog. Unfancied and undervalued, David beating Goliath captures the attention of the sporting world. Douglas v Tyson, Leicester City winning the English Premier League, or the Miracle on Ice. But how often does the underdog actually defy the odds and win? According to, upsets happen around 25% of the time in NCAA basketball. Along with NCAA football, this is the lowest percentage of underdog wins in American sport. In the NBA, it rises to over 30%; a one-in-three chance for a smaller or unfavored team to get the victory. Looking at NBA betting odds, for example, it is clear to see there are huge disparities in odds in some of the matchups. Given the comparatively low percentages of upsets in college basketball, the odds of an underdog emerging with the win are even higher. However, from time to time, miracles do happen. Let’s take a look:

Villanova 66 – 64 Georgetown, 1985

The Georgetown Hoyas were the 1984 champions, and with Patrick Ewing returning for the 1985 season, all signs pointed towards Georgetown retaining their championship. They came into the championship game on a 35-2 record, with defeats to St. John’s and Syracuse their only losses. Villanova was the eighth seed and wasn’t expected to make it into the final four, never mind the championship game. The Wildcats beat 1 and 2 seeds on their way to the final, but a Georgetown team with Ewing would surely prove too strong. Villanova, led by coach Rollie Massimino, played a near-perfect game. Defensively they kept Ewing to 14 points, and offensively they shot 78.6% from the field, and 90% in the second half. Ewing maintains that despite this incredible attacking performance, the Wildcats did not deserve to beat his Hoyas: “We made a mistake, turned the ball over, and the better team did not win the game… I said it then, and I’ll say it now.”

UMBC 74 – 54 Virginia, 2018

Virginia Cavaliers were a number 1 seed, in addition to being the number 1 seeded team in the entire tournament. They had the best defense in the tournament, averaging a concession of just 53.4 points per game. Their record going into the matchup with the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) was 31-2. The Retrievers were 16 seeded and had an unenviable 24-10 record. Before this game, when number 16 seeds came up against no.1 seeds the numbers were 0-135 in favor of the top seeds. As put it, the Retrievers were “as doomed as turkeys on Thanksgiving.” At halftime, the teams were level 21-21. Unlike most other upsets, the underdogs of UMBC destroyed the favored Cavaliers 53-33 in the second half. Speaking after the game, there were contrasting emotions. Jarius Lyle, who led his team to victory with 28 points, said “it’s always exciting to make history.” A devastated Kyle Guy of Virginia said, “there’s not really a whole lot that can prepare you for this kind of feeling.” Guy and his teammates would go on to need a police escort back to their hotel following death threats straight after the full-time buzzer.

Stephen F. Austin v Duke, 2019

Duke hadn’t lost at home for 20 years and was unbeaten in 2019 until Stephen F. Austin came to the Cameron Indoor Stadium. In 2018 the Lumberjacks had a 14-16 record and as a result, were highly unfavored. Going into the game, the odds had SFA at 85/1, or +8500. These were the highest odds over a five-year period for what ended up being a winning team in a game of NCAA Basketball. Duke had a 15-point lead in the first half but, by the break, the Blue Devils were only up by five, 45-40. The lead changed hands in the second half, and Gavin Kensmil was able to tie the game for the Lumberjacks in the final minute. Overtime favored Duke, with their home crowd. However, a breakaway lay-up from Nathan Bain beat the buzzer and gave SFA a famous 85-83 win, ending a 150-game home winning streak for Duke in the process.

Where Are The Largest Basketball Arenas In The United States? (; Warono)

The United States is the home of the most popular basketball league in the world – the NBA. There are plenty of chances to place bets on NBA teams and matches out there. Signing up with this PA iLottery bonus code will give you a chance to register and claim the bonus of one of the top places. In this article, we will go over the biggest basketball venues in the USA and find out a little more about them & the teams that play there.

Carrier Dome

Carrier Dome has a capacity of 35,454 and it's located on the campus of Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Two basketball teams call the venue their home – the men's and women's basketball team Syracuse Orange. It is famous for being the largest domed stadium of any college campus and in all of the Northeastern United States.

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

Greensboro Coliseum Complex is a multi-purpose complex located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The capacity of 23,377 makes it the largest indoor arena in the United States. It's the official home of UNC Greensboro Spartans and since the 2016/2017 season home to the Greensboro Swarm (affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets in the NBA G League).

KFC Yum! Center

KFC Yum! The Center is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and has a capacity of 22,090. It's been the home of the Louisville Cardinals men's and women's basketball teams since it was built in 2010. In addition to basketball the arena can host football and lacrosse games, but it was also a home for women's volleyball between 2011 and 2017.

Dean Smith Center

The second arena in North Carolina on this list is Dean Dome or Smith Center. It's located in Chapel Hill in North Carolina and its capacity is 21,750. The venue is currently the home of the North Carolina Tar Heels men's basketball team of the NCAA. It was a home for the women's basketball college team as well, but for only one season while their original venue, Carmichael Auditorium was under renovation.

Thompson–Boling Arena

Thompson-Boiling Arena is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and it's on the campus of the University of Tennessee. Its capacity is 21,749 and the arena is the home of the Tennessee Volunteers men's basketball and Tennessee Lady Volunteers women's basketball team. The basketball court is named “The Summitt” after the late basketball coach of the Lady Vols Pat Summitt.

United Center

United Center is located in Chicago, Illinois and its capacity is 20,917. The UC was also named as one of the greatest NBA arenas. The Chicago Bulls of the NBA play their home games at the Madhouse on Madison, who recently acquired forward Derrick Jones Jr. The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL also call the UC their home. At the arena, you can check out the iconic Michael Jordan statue, which was built in 1994.


Mar 16, 2018; San Diego, CA, United States; Charleston Cougars head coach Earl Grant watches game action against the Auburn Tigers during the first half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena

ACC Recruiting: Earl Grant Gets A Significant Commitment For Boston College (DBR; King)

This is an interesting bit of news on several levels: Boston College got a significant commitment when Donald Hand, Jr. announced for the Eagles.

Some of you will remember his father, Donald Sr., who played for Virginia around the turn of the century and was a three-time captain.

The elder Hand was about 6-0 but his son is a good bit bigger at 6-6. He’s generally seen as a 3 to 4 star recruit and his commitment is a very big deal for Boston College.

New coach Earl Grant seems like a very sharp and capable guy. At Charleston, he had one losing season and then was very competitive (last season Charleston was 9-10 but as you know we think everyone deserves a pass for last season).

That’s an impressive run considering you can’t really recruit the best players to Charleston. Getting Hand to BC is a great start. If BC can at least show some heart this season and Grant can pick up a few more decent recruits, then the Eagles might, finally, get a pulse back.

ACC Preview #6 - Florida State (DBR; King)

In a lot of ways, Florida State is the easiest ACC school to analyze: interchangeable wings, several guys 7-0 or taller, run and press, minimal concern with turnovers and clock out at about the Sweet Sixteen.

We’ll have to wait to see about turnovers and the Sweet Sixteen, but the basic formula is in place again.

Let’s start with who's not coming back, for whatever reason:


  • Scottie Barnes
  • Balsa Koprivica
  • Raiquan Gray
  • Sardaar Calhoun
  • Nathanael Jack
  • Travis Light
  • Justin Lindner
  • Will Miles
  • MJ Walker
Scottie Barnes, Balsa Koprivica and RaiQuan Gray are off to the NBA. Sardaar Calhoun left for Texas Tech and Nathanael Jack will be in Cameron this fall with Cleveland State.

Obviously Barnes, who was the #4 pick in this summer’s draft, is a major loss and Gray was a real contributor. Koprivica showed a lot of potential but may have left too early. We’ll see.

MJ Walker, Travis Light, Justin Lindner and Will Miles graduated or are out of eligibility. Of those, only Walker will be missed, at least on the court.

Here are the players Leonard Hamilton has coming back:



Water pours down a street in Syracuse June 17, 1922 on what the photographer said was "not in the creek, but on perfectly dry ground." Syracuse received nearly 10 inches of rain in six days. Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association

Think this summer was rainy? Read about the misery caused by the flooding in Syracuse during the summer of 1922 (PS; $; Croyle)

The summer of 2021 will go into the record books as the second rainiest summer in Syracuse history.

The 19.93 inches of rain which fell was still well short of the record though. An astounding 23.18 inches of rain poured onto the cityin 1922, with nearly 40 percent of that falling during just two days in June about one week apart.

The scale of the misery inflicted on the population then was enormous.

Four people in Central New York died, downtown Syracuse was flooded, buildings and homes collapsed, and 200 people had to be evacuated from a train on June 11, 1922, after a record 4.79 inches fell.

The area had barely recovered when a second storm struck on June 17. Another 4.75 inches of rain fell, further flooding the water-logged landscape.

The Post-Standard described the first of these storms this way:

“From one end of the city to the other, even on the outlying hills, the storm left evidence of its power. Everywhere there were traces to mark its path. From the washed-out driveways on the highest hills to the shattered homes along Furnace Brook, the whole community bore witness to the violence of the heaviest two-hour rainfall upstate New York ever knew.”

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