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Welcome to National Maple Syrup Day!

Maple syrup is used on breakfast foods such as pancakes, waffles, and French toast, and can be added to many dishes as a sweetener. It can even be poured on top of ice cream for dessert. Today we use a little more of it than usual, as it is National Maple Syrup Day.

Maple syrup is made from sap from sugar maple trees—trees that are also known as rock maples or hard maples. Maple syrup is a North American product; Canada produces most of it, and in the United States most of it comes from Vermont and New York. Native Americans in the northeastern part of the continent were the first to make it, by cutting the bark on trees and letting the sap drip out.

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Syracuse basketball recruit Quadir Copeland during a game at IMG Academy. Copeland is a member of SU's Class of 2022. (IMG photo)

Syracuse basketball recruit Quadir Copeland’s flashy game was born on Philadelphia’s playgrounds (PS; $; Ditota)

When Quadir Copeland and his older brother, Daiquan, walked to school each morning through their Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood, a basketball served as a constant companion.

“He’d dribble the ball, I’d dribble the ball, I passed to him, he’d dribble it,” Copeland said. “It wasn’t even, ‘Oh, this is for us to work on our handle.’ We just loved having the ball in our hands. We’d just pick the ball up, walk outside. It was no thing. It just came natural.”

Copeland, once a “short” 5-foot-10 high school freshman, would ultimately grow to 6-foot-6 and attract high major college basketball programs before selecting Syracuse. Those early ball-handling days formed the bedrock of his basketball identity. So did his years of performing on the Philly playgrounds, where no pass was considered too fancy, no dunk or dribbling feat too outrageous.

Copeland, a Class of 2022 point guard, will arrive in Syracuse next year with a personality as buoyant and vibrant as his basketball game.

He has met Dion Waiters, an Orange basketball and NBA alum from Philadelphia. He attended Waiters’ high school, Life Center, before reclassifying from 2021 to 2022 and landing at IMG Academy, where he is paired this season with Justin Taylor, a shooting guard who also committed to SU.
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Opponent preview: Everything to know about Lehigh (DO; Fernandez)

Lehigh (1-8, 0-0 Patriot League) enters Saturday’s matchup in the Carrier Dome with just one win this season, which was a seven-point victory over Columbia.

According to KenPom, Lehigh is the lowest ranked opponent on Syracuse’s schedule this season at No. 315 nationally. The Mountain Hawks are one of just two opponents on Syracuse’s schedule that are currently ranked 300 and worse, per KenPom (Lafayette was the other at No. 300).

Here’s everything you need to know before the Mountain Hawks face off with Syracuse on Saturday evening:

All-time series

Syracuse leads 4-0.

Last time they played

The two teams last met in Syracuse’s 2015-16 opener when the Orange won 57-47. Lehigh jumped out to a 9-8 lead with 13:14 left in the first half and then failed to convert another field goal for the remainder of the half. SU led by 20 going into the break, though that lead slimmed to six at one point during the second frame when Lehigh scored a spurt of points inside. Strong 3-point shooting — including multiple clutch deep shots at the end of the shot clock — re-established SU’s dominance and kept the Mountain Hawks out of reach.

Syracuse went 10-3 in nonconference play that season, losing to Wisconsin in overtime, Georgetown and St. John’s.

KenPom odds

Syracuse is projected to win 85-65, per KenPom.

The Lehigh report

Marques Wilson was the Mountain Hawks top scorer last season, averaging 15.3 points per game through only 15 games. But in eight games this year, he’s dropped to third-top scorer, and his production has taken a dip (10.8 points per game).

No Lehigh player averages more than 12 points per game this year, and the Mountain Hawks have scored less than 50 points in two games this season. Center Nic Lynch, who started every game last season, lost his starting spot to sophomore Dominic Parolin. Lynch’s production dipped as a result from 12.1 points per game to 4.8, and Parolin averages 7.6 per game.

Guard Evan Taylor now leads the team in scoring (11.8 points per game) along with made 3-pointers. He posted 18 points in Lehigh’s only win of the season.

Defensively, the Mountain Hawks rank 29th in the nation in 2-point defense but are 303rd in adjusted defensive efficiency. They’re among the worst in the country in 3-point defense, and on the boards, they rank 290th in offensive rebounding and 149th in defensive rebounding.
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Beat writers predict Syracuse blowout of Lehigh (DO; Staff)

Syracuse enters Saturday’s game in the Carrier Dome against Lehigh coming off a two-game losing streak. The Orange fell to Villanova in Madison Square Garden, and then to former Big East rival Georgetown.

SU (5-5, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) sits at .500 overall with five nonconference losses, just the second time that’s happened in program history. The first was in 2016-17 when the Orange missed the NCAA Tournament and were eliminated in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Here’s what our beat writers predict will happen against Lehigh (1-8, 0-0 Patriot League) on Saturday at 6 p.m.:

Andrew Crane (4-6)
Baby steps
Syracuse 84, Lehigh 65

There is still plenty of time for Syracuse to fix its spiraling season. Though they lost five nonconference games for the second time in program history, with the first year en route to an NIT berth, enough opportunities still exist in conference play for the Orange to pick up key wins. But if SU loses a game like this against Lehigh, a team with KenPom adjusted offensive and defensive efficiencies that rank outside of the top 300, that would be the low point in a season of lows — with brief highs against Florida State and Indiana — and would really position Syracuse poorly heading into conference play. Look for the Orange to avoid that trap, though, and use this as a way to awaken some of their streaky shooters on offense and win their first game by a double-digit margin in over a month.
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CHANCES SYRACUSE BASKETBALL MAKES NCAA TOURNAMENT? Is This Benny Williams's Turning Point? & More (youtube.com; video; Locked on Syracuse)

Syracuse Basketball is off to a bumpy start to the non-conference schedule, but there is still a path to the NCAA Tournament. How can the Syracuse Orange get into the NCAA tournament field and could we be looking at an extremely weak bottom of the NCAA Tournament field? Plus, Syracuse has two non-conference games remaining. Is this finally the time for five-star freshman Benny Williams to have his breakout performances? Tyler Aki and Tim Leonard discuss it all and more on the Thursday edition of the Locked on Syracuse Podcast.

Syracuse Needs to Capitalize at IMG Academy – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (oranagefizz.net; Unsworth)

Everyone in the Salt City was thrilled when Justin Taylor committed to Syracuse. Taylor, a four-star guard in the class of 2022, chose the Orange over Virginia, the school located right in his backyard. About a month and a half later, Quadir Copeland became SU’s second (technically third at that point) pledge. Taylor and Copeland are primed to be the backcourt of the future for the Orange, so they both transferred to IMG Academy this year to face higher-profile competition and learn each other’s play styles.

There’s another aspect to Taylor and Copeland’s year down in Bradenton. With almost every member of the class of 2022 committed, it’s time for Jim Boeheim and company to start looking ahead. The Orange won’t need a large class of 2023, given that a whole starting five is coming in the year prior. Instead, Boeheim should look for standout recruits and sell them on the chance to be “the guy” for SU at some point in time. IMG, a place which attracts top athletes year after year (some of which aren’t even on the 247sports rankings yet), is a great place for the Syracuse staff to start.

SU coaches are going to take trips down to the IMG campus to check up on Taylor and Copeland, but they should keep their eyes out for younger players as well. The first name Syracuse should go after is Jacoi Hutchinson. He’s a 6-foot-2 combo guard, and one of the few underclassmen on the Ascenders’ National team. Hutchinson started high school at famous DeMatha Catholic in D.C., but transferred down to IMG for his last two years of prep hoops. He already has offers from LSU, Pitt, Maryland and others.
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Syracuse basketball 5-star target, No. 1 junior, to debut on ESPNU in battle (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball five-star recruiting target D.J. Wagner, who was offered by Orange coaches over the summer, will kick off his 2021-22 campaign this Friday night on a national broadcast.

The 6-foot-3 Wagner, an elite point guard and the consensus No. 1 prospect in the 2023 class, is one of the stand-outs for Camden High School in Camden, N.J.

Camden High School’s first game of the 2021-22 stanza will commence at 5 pm on December 17, at home, against Roselle Catholic High School in Roselle, N.J. This intriguing match-up will air on ESPNU as part of the ESPN high school basketball showcase of televised games for 2021-22.

One of the stars for Roselle Catholic High School, by the way, is 2023 five-star combo guard Simeon Wilcher, who reportedly had a good amount of interest in the ‘Cuse but ultimately committed to fellow Atlantic Coast Conference member North Carolina.
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Syracuse NBA players check-in: Oshae Brissett sees minutes boost - The Juice Online (the juice; Dagostino)

The NBA season really starts to kick into gear once Christmas Day hits and the NFL’s regular season starts to wind down. As the NBA surges closer to the halfway point of the season, it’s time to take the pulse of the former Syracuse players and how they’re progressing in the NBA.

Carmelo Anthony. The last time we checked in on Anthony, he was picking up the scoring slack while LeBron James was on the shelf.

Now that James has returned, Anthony has seen less opportunities to score. He has not had a 20-point scoring effort in over a month, since he has 29 points in an overtime win against Charlotte back on Nov. 8. Anthony’s scoring average is down to 13.4 points per game in 27.6 minutes per game, right in line with his numbers last season in Portland.

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Lakers have underperformed to the tune of a 16-13 record, good for just sixth in the Western Conference and there are rumors they may even be dangling Russell Westbrook in trade talks less than 30 games into his first season as a Laker.

Oshae Brissett. Brissett played in just half of Indiana’s 16 games thus far. But, in the last 14 games, Brissett has played in 11 of them as Indiana seemingly is already moving onto next season. According to many publications, the Pacers announced that several of their key players (Domantas Sabonis, Myles Turner, Malcolm Brogdon and Caris LeVert are all available in trade as new head coach Rick Carlisle looks to reshape the roster.

As a result, in seven December games, Brissett is averaging 23 minutes per game, while posting nearly eight points and almost five rebounds per night. True to form, Brissett played 20 minutes on Thursday as the Pacers beat the Pistons 122-113, and Brissett finished with nine points and four rebounds.

With the increased playing time, he’s shooting 50 percent from the floor and 43 percent from beyond the arc. Small sample size, yes, but Brissett is once again showing that, with opportunities, he can contribute for an NBA team.

Michael Carter-Williams. Carter-Williams has still yet to see the floor for Orlando this season. as he still recovers from offseason ankle surgery.
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Which Syracuse basketball teams during JB era have allowed most points? )itlh; Adler)

As the ‘Cuse (5-5, 1-0) gets set to host Lehigh from the Carrier Dome this coming Saturday, the Orange will soon wrap up its non-conference slate and begin its Atlantic Coast Conference calendar in earnest.

Granted, the ACC is a bit down for the moment, so perhaps the ‘Cuse can capitalize on that in the near future, assuming Syracuse basketball rights the ship, so to speak, on defense as well as on the glass.

Through 10 games, the Orange is allowing a whopping 77.9 points per game, which isn’t good at all. But were the ‘Cuse to continue with that pace, and I sincerely hope the team doesn’t, would it set a record for most points allowed per encounter under head coach Jim Boeheim? It could.

Let’s examine the defenses of Syracuse basketball squads, historically speaking.

Before I get into what other Orange teams have done in the past as it pertains to points allowed per affair, to be fair, I need to mention a couple of things.

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College basketball: Former Syracuse players getting comfortable at new schools (nny360.com; St Croix)

Several former Syracuse University men’s basketball players that left via the transfer portal appear to finally be finding a rhythm in their new surroundings.

Quincy Guerrier has posted his first double-figure scoring outputs in back-to-back games for Oregon, Kadary Richmond has steadily increased his contributions for 16th-ranked Seton Hall, while Robert Braswell recently moved into a starting role at Charlotte.
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http://allsportsdiscussion.com/2021/12/16/the-acc-network-is-now-on-comcast-for-real-this-time/ (allsportsdiscussion.com)

The ACC Network is now on Comcast – for real this time.

Welcome news for ACC Fans today. The ACC Network is starting to show up in some COMCAST markets.
This is opposed to when this happened earlier in the fall. The ACC Network on COMCAST appears permanent this time.
ACC fans that are COMCAST customers have waited a long time for this.
ACC Schools have waited a lot time for the additional revenue.

Check your @comcast systems this morning…@accnetwork is available in some markets on channel 1325. #PackerAndDurham #LetUsKnow
— Wes Durham (@WesDurham) December 16, 2021

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Inside the revamped bar area at A.W. Wander, Manlius, N.Y. (Jared Paventi | jaredpaventi@gmail.com)Jared Paventi | jaredpaventi@gma

Meander to A.W. Wander in Manlius for pizzas and beer (Dining Out Review) (PS; $; Paventi)

Like a magnet to a refrigerator, our eye was drawn to the BLT pizza ($17) on the menu at Manlius’ A.W. Wander.

Housemade dough gets a drizzle of olive oil and generous treatment of mozzarella, crumbled bacon and sliced tomato before hitting the deck of the wood-fired pizza oven. After it emerges from the fire, the 12-inch pizza is topped with arugula and gets a swirl of garlic lime paprika aioli.

Bacon adds depth to this pizza (and any dish, really) hitting your tastebuds with waves of smoke, salt and umami. It was just crunchy, providing a texture contrast to the tomatoes and peppery arugula. We didn’t really notice the aioli, but the salty cheese tied everything together in a nice bow as a hearty pizza fit for a wintry Saturday evening.

A.W. Wander opened its doors in fall 2020, the next chapter in the beer bar story written by co-owners Dan Chapman and Joe Ori. The duo opened All Who Wander on the village of Manlius’ west side in 2016 as a local craft beer destination and quickly outgrew its space. When the COVID-19 pandemic swallowed wood-fired pizza restaurant Ironwood, near the village’s center, Chapman and Ori stepped in.

Ironwood was a restaurant that served beer, whereas A.W. Wander stays true to its roots as a beer destination. The expanded bar pours 16 beers on draft with another 70 to 75 bottled and canned varieties, plus a couple of wines. We started the evening with a Lawson’s Finest Liquids Triple Sunshine ($11), a moderately difficult beer to find on tap in Central New York. It was bright and citrusy and begged for a few items from the pub snacks menu.

Wander Bread ($8) starts with the freshly-made dough, which receives a heavy-handed treatment of garlic oil and parmesan cheese before going into the oven. A.W. Wander’s dough is springy and chewy, the result of fermenting for three days. It’s hefty enough to hold toppings from the pizza and retains enough moisture from cooking to avoid being crackery. The savory snack is served with a bowl of red sauce for dipping.
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