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Aug 15, 2011
Beware the Ides of March!

The Roman calendar, which dates back to 753 BCE, had three fixed points throughout the month: Nones, Ides, and Kalends. Ides took place around the midpoint of each month, occurring on the 13th or 15th. In March it took place on the 15th.

The Ides of March is most remembered as being the anniversary of the day that Julius Caesar was assassinated, in 44 BCE. The day did, however, have some significance before this infamous event. It had long been a day of religious observances. The Ides of each month was sacred to Jupiter, Rome's supreme deity. Flamen Dialis, Jupiter's high priest, would traditionally lead an "Ides sheep" along the streets of Rome before it was sacrificed. The first part of March consisted of new year's celebrations, as March was the first month of the Roman calendar. The Feast of Anna Perenna, a goddess of the year, was a festival held on the Ides that closed down the new year's celebrations. Celebrants gathered outside of Rome, along the banks of the Tiber River, for food, drink, music, and sacrifices to Anna Perenna for a prosperous new year. The Ides of March was also used by Romans as a deadline for settling debts.

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Syracuse guard Buddy Boeheim, middle, walks off the floor with Joseph Girard III, left, and Symir Torrence after a loss to Duke last week. Dennis Nett |

A look ahead to Syracuse’s 2022-23 season: Who’s gone, who’s back, who’s on the way? (PS; $; Waters)

Looking ahead to the 2022-23 college basketball season is a fool’s errand.

Early departures, the extra year granted to athletes in light of the Covid pandemic and the omnipresent transfer portal make analyzing next year’s rosters similar to fortune-telling with a bowling bowl.

That’s particularly true for the Syracuse basketball team.

Syracuse wrapped up its disappointing 2021-22 season with a 16-17 record, the school’s first losing record since the 1968-69 team went 9-16. The season ended with an 88-79 loss to Duke last Thursday in the ACC tournament; one of the Orange’s best performances of the year and, yet, a game that will sting for quite some time because Syracuse was forced to play without senior guard Buddy Boeheim, suspended for striking a Florida State player the previous day’s win.

So while March Madness envelopes the rest of the country, Syracuse fans can only look to next season when Jim Boeheim returns for his 47th year as the Orange’s head coach.

Who will Boeheim have on his roster when Syracuse convenes for preseason practices next fall? The outlook is as cloudy as the gray skies over Central New York. Syracuse could bring back as many as nine of its 10 scholarship players, but that number figures to shrink to about five or six.

Here’s an attempted breakdown of Syracuse’s 2021-22 roster:

An early look at the 2022-23 Syracuse basketball team - The Juice Online (the juice; Cheng)

With the basketball offseason officially underway, here’s a quick look at the 2022-23 Syracuse basketball team:


  • Bourama Sidibe: Injuries ended up hurting what was a promising career for Sidibe. He appeared in different parts of five seasons with SU, but only appeared in 15 games in the last two seasons. With an season-ending injury to Jesse Edwards in February, Sidibe got pressed into action more, and played some critical moments down the stretch. He’s now out of eligibility.
  • Jimmy Boeheim: There’s a slight chance that JBIII could return to Syracuse pending an appeal to the NCAA, but it’s more likely that the Cornell transfer’s college eligibility has been exhausted. He was named to the the ACC Championship’s All-Tournament Second Team, and ended his career with a 28 point, seven rebound performance against then-No. 7 Duke.


  • Buddy Boeheim: An All-ACC First Team performer, Buddy led SU and the ACC in scoring at 19.2 ppg. But he also saw a dip in his shooting percentages, finishing the season shooting just 40.6 percent from the field and 34.1 percent from downtown (down from 43.3, 38.3 his junior year). He’s got another year of eligibility, so theoretically, he could return, but all indications are that he will move on to the professional ranks.
  • Cole Swider: A reserve for three seasons at Villanova, the former top 40 recruit started all 33 games in the 2021-22 season, and had career highs across the board, including in points (13.9) and rebounds (6.8). He finished the season on a shooting tear, shooting 16 for 33 from beyond the arc his the last four games. He, like Buddy, has another year of eligibility left should he choose to use it (and there are some indications that he might).
WHO COULD BE OUT: With the new transfer rules, it seems like anyone on the roster who hasn’t used a transfer (Symir Torrence and Swider are the only two that fit this category) could be gone. Still, here are some likely candidates.

  • Benny Williams: Syracuse got a glimpse of Williams’ potential in a loss to Duke at the end of February, when Williams played 30 minutes and finished with 14 points and six rebounds. In SU’s season finale against UNC, he played just 8 minutes before missing the rest of the regular season with a lower body injury. With his inconsistent minutes, the five-star recruit could look for a more steady role elsewhere.
  • Frank Anselem: Anselem was one of Syracuse’s most improved players this season, and filled in admirably for the injured Edwards. He’s still raw, but his 9 point, 15 rebound performance against FSU in the second round of the ACC Tournament shows what kind of production he’s capable of. Still, he’s going to be behind the depth chart to Edwards next season, and he may want a starting role himself.

Keys For Syracuse Men's Basketball's Offseason (SI; McAllister)

It is an important offseason for Jim Boeheim and Syracuse basketball. Here are key storylines to monitor as the Orange looks to reshape its roster for the 2022-23 campaign.

1. Cole Swider's Decision

Swider's decision will have a significant impact on the Orange's roster next season. If he comes back, he gives Syracuse a veteran scorer and elite shooter in the forwards group. It makes life that much easier for the other forwards, especially the incoming freshmen. If he does not, Maliq Brown and Chris Bunch will likely battle it out for the other starting forward spot next to Benny Williams. A returning Swider gives Syracuse five players who contributed in some capacity last season in the starting lineup. That would be significant.

2. Roster Retention

In the world of the transfer portal, it seems no one on any roster is safe from exploring opportunities elsewhere. That is why roster retention is extremely important for Syracuse this offseason. Players such as Joe Girard, Symir Torrence, Benny Williams, Jesse Edwards, Frank Anselem and others are important for the Orange's plans next season. Girard was a prominent starter last season and should be again. Torrence has already transferred once and would therefore have to sit out a year if he does so again. Williams is expected back and has stated multiple times he is not leaving. Edwards has given no indication he will and should be a featured player next season. Anselem has not indicated he is looking to either, and would be in line to start if Edwards turns pro after the 2022-23 campaign. However, if Anselem wants to start now, he could elect to look elsewhere. John Bol Ajak entered the portal last offseason but elected to return. He could choose to explore options this year as well.

3. Add Penetrating Guard

Syracuse has already shown interest in adding a guard who can get into the lane, finish or make plays for others. The Orange has heavily pursued 2022 guard Judah Mintz who is looking to decide by early April. Syracuse has also reportedly reached out to former Kentucky commit Skyy Clark, ranked the 19th best player in the SI-99 for the 2022 cycle. If Syracuse gets Mintz, that is that. He will play a major role next season. If Mintz picks another school, Syracuse could pursue Clark. Otherwise, the portal, junior college ranks or potentially finding an under the radar recruit could all be on the table. The international recruiting market sometimes does not get real heavy until this time. Either way, this is something to watch for Syracuse this offseason.

Syracuse Basketball: D.C. ties could be big in battle over a top 2022 target (itlhl Alder)

Syracuse basketball 2022 high-priority target Judah Mintz, a four-star guard in this cycle, is reportedly going to announce his college destination in the next few weeks.

Not too long ago, he took an official visit to the Hill, and media reports seem to suggest that he spent time with Orange commits in the 2022 class who also traveled to Central New York when the ‘Cuse hosted a top-10 Duke squad.

According to reports, Mintz’s trip to Syracuse basketball went well. He spent time with three of the Orange’s 2022 commits, four-star shooting guard Justin Taylor, three-star big man Peter Carey and four-star small forward Chris Bunch, who were also in attendance when the ‘Cuse got crushed by the Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome.

I also read some reports that while on his official visit to the Hill, Mintz spoke with Syracuse basketball freshman forward Benny Williams.

The recruitment of Judah Mintz could come down to Syracuse basketball and a former Big East Conference foe.

Now, I’m not a recruiting analyst, nor am I in Mintz’s inner circle, so I don’t know how his recruitment is going to play out. As we noted in a column not too long ago, several experts have logged predictions for Mintz in the direction of Big East squad DePaul, which recently scored a massive recruiting win when it landed 2022 four-star guard Zion Cruz out of the Donda Academy in Simi Valley, Calif.

Additionally, a recent tweet from Pro Insight director of scouting Andrew Slater points to DePaul potentially being the favorite in Mintz’s recruiting process. That being said, these recruitments are often fluid, so I wouldn’t count out the ‘Cuse just yet.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Empty Selection Sunday and How Does Syracuse Get Back to the NCAA Tournament? 3/14 on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

It was an empty feeling for Syracuse fans on Selection Sunday. The guys go over their emotions throughout the selection show and why they missed the stress of being on the bubble. Plus, how does the Orange get back to the tournament next season? The guys discuss the plan for replacing Buddy Boeheim's production and how the defense needs to make a big stride if they want to hear their name called next year.

Tyler Aki and Tim Leonard discuss it all and more on the Monday edition of the Locked on Syracuse Podcast.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Syracuse Basketball Exit Interviews: How Polarizing Was Joe Girard's Season and Is He the 2-Guard for 2023? on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Joe Girard was one of the most polarizing figures for Syracuse last season. How would you grade his performance and do his numbers tell the true story of his season? Plus, we saw glimpses of what Girard could do at the 2 guard spot. Is he the shooting guard of the foreseeable future? Also, what are the next steps for Girard's development and helping the Orange get to the NCAA Tournament next year?

Tim Leonard and Tyler Aki discuss it all and more on the Tuesday edition of the Locked on Syracuse Podcast.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: Locked On: Bracket Breakdown, your guide to the College Basketball tournament on Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Full breakdown on how to fill out your bracket. From the biggest upsets to the Cinderella story, and all the favorites in the NCAA Tournament. Locked On anchor Kainani Stephens is joined by Locked On SEC’s Chris Gordy, Locked On Bets host Lee Sterling, and Locked On Zags host Andy Patton to break it all down.

They also turn to some local experts of the Kentucky Wildcats, Auburn Tigers, Ohio State Buckeyes, Texas Longhorns, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Wisconsin Badgers, and more to help prepare you for March.

2021-22 Syracuse Basketball: A Season of Inches – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; May)

It is officially over. With Selection Sunday in the rearview mirror and Syracuse’s name not on the NCAA Tournament or NIT bracket, the 2021-22 season is done. It is probably for the best that it is over. The Orange finished the year 16-17 — the first losing season in the Jim Boeheim era and maybe the beginning of mediocrity in Central New York.

When you look at the final record on paper it looks horrible. Syracuse basketball is an esteemed program that expects to win. So anything less than an NCAA Tournament berth is disappointing. However, if you take a deeper dive, you can see that this past year was a season of inches. The hard pill to swallow is the inches were never on your side.

Let’s start with the elephant in the room — Colgate. A 15 point loss to the Raiders is unacceptable. If the Orange played them again 100 times, they would probably win all 100. A second half collapse did SU in, and from there it snowballed. Cuse took that bad mojo to the Bahamas where it lost to VCU, another team it should have no business losing to. Win against Colgate and you probably beat VCU. 18-15.

Then there is the Georgetown debacle. The Hoyas somehow came back from being down seven in the second half to win by four. The worst part about it — our best friends from DC won one more game after that game and then lost 21 straight. 21! Syracuse was far and away Georgetown’s best win. There is no reason why the Orange should have lost that game. 19-14.

Ogdensburg’s Luckie enjoys calling Coach K’s final home game at Duke (; Shea)

Jamie Luckie has called many memorable games in his college basketball officiating career, including those in three straight trips to the Final 4 of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Another highlight experience came on March 5 as he was on the crew that called Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski’s final game at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. A group of senior referees in the Atlantic Coast Conference officiated the game. The game was also memorable for the University of North Carolina, which posted an impressive 94-81 upset victory against its intense rival.

The Tar Heels played the spoilers in an electric atmosphere with almost 100 former Duke players and celebrities from all over the country.

Luckie and his wife, Candace, relocated from Ogdensburg to Charlotte, N.C., many years ago and raised their children Kyle, Sean and Morgan in the heart of “Tobacco Row”.

Luckie called the atmosphere “amazing” and said “it was obviously a great honor” to call the game.
He also thought that it was a fitting honor for Coach K and the impact he has had in 42 years at the helm of the Duke program, which has produced 1,196 wins and five national championships. Krzyzewski will retire at the end of the season.

“Coach K’s record speaks for itself. He has done so much for his university and for college basketball,” Luckie said. “In my opinion, he stands second to John Wooden at UCLA and that is saying a lot.”
Luckie also wanted to express his appreciation for what Coach K has done for the officials that have worked his games over the years.

“Working Coach K’s games has made us referees better,” he said. “He demands excellence and has set a standard for our staff. I know that working his games for 20 years has made me better. We have always had a good professional relationship.”

Luckie also experienced the last hurrahs of the Cameron Crazies for Coach K in a very busy week on his officiating schedule. The day before, he worked a quarterfinal game of the Big South Conference Tournament, which was being held in Charlotte and the day after, on Sunday, he called the Big South Championship.

MBB: the ACC's Long Downward Spiral (RX; HM)

MBB: the ACC's Long Downward Spiral

Based on "The ACC Ran Men’s Basketball. Now It’s Getting Run Out Of The Tournament." by Josh Planos,

The Atlantic Coast Conference did not have a very good 2020-21 men’s college basketball season, finishing a combined 4-7 in the NCAA Tournament, thus ending a run of 32 consecutive Big Dances in which the conference posted a winning record.

For a conference with three of the previous five national championships and four of the nine all-time winningest teams under its banner, it was a stunning collapse — asterisk season or not. And for the first time since 1960, the ACC didn’t have a single team in the top 10 of the final AP Poll. Two seasons prior, it claimed the top three.

Was it just a side effect of the pandemic? Would the ACC "bounce back" in 2021-22? Nope. the third week of the regular season, the Blue Devils were the only remaining ACC representative in the AP Top 25. Thirteen weeks later, they are still the only team from the conference since mid-November to crack it.

Ouch! A big reason for that is poor non-conference performances early in the season, which kind of locks in the conference relative to other leagues. For example, the ACC hasn't won the ACC/B1G Challenge since 2017, and is only 2-8-3 since 2008.
All of that has eroded the number of NCAA bids - and, thus, the number of NCAA units - the ACC has been awarded over the past couple of years.

MBB: March Madness Odds (RX; HM)

MBB: March Madness Odds

From Sporting News, here are the initial 2022 March Madness odds for every team to win the NCAA Tournament (ACC teams highlighted; odds will change ahead of both the First Four and Round 1 games; see disclaimer below):

Texas Tech+2300
Saint Mary's+9400
Michigan State+10700
Virginia Tech+11400

MBB: 2022 NIT Field (RX; HM)

MBB: 2022 NIT Field

Two more ACC basketball teams made the NIT.
From CBS Sports: NIT bracket 2022

2022 NIT First Round schedule

Upper Left Bracket

No. 1 Dayton vs. Toledo | Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m. on ESPN+
No. 2 Xavier vs. Cleveland State | Tuesday, March 15, 9 p.m. on ESPNU
No. 3 Florida vs. Iona | Wednesday, March 16, 9 p.m. on ESPN2
No. 4 Vanderbilt vs. Belmont | Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. on ESPN2

Lower Left Bracket

No. 1 Oklahoma vs. Missouri State | Tuesday, March 15, 7 p.m. on ESPN
No. 2 North Texas vs. Texas State | Tuesday, March 15, 8 p.m. on ESPNU
No. 3 Mississippi State vs. Virginia | Wednesday, March 16, 7 p.m. on ESPN2
No. 4 Colorado vs. St. Bonaventure | Tuesday, March 15, 11 p.m. on ESPN2



Charles Willie, SU's 1st Black tenured professor, remembered as collaborator, advocate (DO; Chouinard)

Eraserless pencils were strewn across James Willie’s childhood home. His father’s writing process demanded it. All of his books were written with a pencil in hand on yellow paper.

“He would burn through erasers,” James Willie said about his father.

James’ father, Charles “Chuck” Willie, was Syracuse University’s first Black academic administrator and first Black tenured professor. He joined SU in 1950 as a teaching assistant. In 1957, Willie received his Ph.D. from SU, and in 1967, he became the chair of the university’s sociology department. In 1972, he became vice president for student affairs.

Charles Willie died on Jan. 11 at the age of 94.

John Palmer served as the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs’s dean from 1988 until 2003. While the two didn’t work together while Charles Willie was at SU, Willie did serve on the school’s advisory board while Palmer was its dean.

Palmer said Charles Willie was a wonderful presence.

“(He was) very thoughtful and deeply committed to the school and university with his concerns as an advisory board member,” Palmer said. “(He had) a very strong moral voice.”

Palmer said Charles Willie was deeply attuned to the concerns of students and how their experience at SU could be improved. On the advisory board, Willie was an advocate for students, Palmer said.

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