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- Aug 15, 2011
All Saints' Day is a Christian festival that honors saints, and also celebrates the victory of Christ over death. The definition of saints and those who are being honored on the day are often looked at differently in Catholic and various Protestant churches. In the Catholic Church, the day is seen as honoring saints that don't have their own day of celebration. Many Protestants use the day to honor all Christians, both past and present. The day takes place on November 1 in Western churches in Europe and the Americas, such as in Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran, and some other Protestant churches. It is part of the Roman Rite in the Catholic Church and is a Principal Feast in the Anglican Church. It takes place a day before All Souls' Day and a day after All Hallows' Eve, commonly known as Halloween. Many Eastern churches observe the day on the first Sunday after Pentecost.
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 27: Quentin Grimes #24 and Marcus Sasser #0 of the Houston Cougars help up Justin Gorham #4 after a play against the Syracuse Orange in the second half of their Sweet Sixteen game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 27, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)Getty Images
How does SU basketball return to the NCAA Tournament? Here's 5 boxes to check (PS; $; Ditota)
Syracuse’s season slogged toward its inevitable conclusion at the end of last year.
The Orange, desperate for signature wins against Notre Dame, Duke, North Carolina or Miami as it finished 2021-22, lost every one of those games.
SU did not play in the postseason last year, its final game an emotionally charged, grittily close ACC Tournament contest against Duke. The Orange played without Buddy Boeheim, who was punished with a one-game suspension by the ACC for a flagrant foul in SU’s win over Florida State.
The Orange did itself no favors during the early portion of its schedule, starting 5-5 with a home loss to Colgate and a road defeat to Georgetown, a team that did not win a Big East game last year. SU could not amass enough wins in general, going 0-10 in all-important Quadrant 1 games. Syracuse’s best win was a home victory over Wake Forest.
Syracuse Orange guard Quadir Copeland (24) celebrates with his team after Syracuse Orange forward Chris Bunch (0) makes a three. The Syracuse men’s and women’s basketball teams scrimmaged at the JMA Wireless Dome in a preseason tuneup in front of the Orange fans. Dennis Nett | email@example.com
SU's guards: How will Orange get shots for JG3, and how versatile will the group be? (PS; $; Ditota)
Syracuse will start its season with four potential point guards at its disposal.
You read that right.
Four Orange men can play lead guard.
Stockpiling point and combo guards has become something of a thing in college basketball. Consider the last two national champions: Kansas played with point guards DaJuan Harris and Remy Martin and won in 2022. Baylor won the year before with Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and MaCio Teague.
This season, SU’s previous point guard, Joe Girard, will move to shooting guard. Judah Mintz, Symir Torrence and Quadir Copeland will compete for the starting point guard job. The beauty of Syracuse’s guard situation this season lies within its versatility.
All of those guards, except maybe Torrence, can play at least one other position, that being shooting guard. Copeland, at 6-foot-6, can move to small forward if necessary. And the 6-7 Justin Taylor, recruited as a wing, can bounce between shooting guard and small forward.
Girard is the most known commodity. The Glens Falls senior has started every game but two since his freshman year. He is a career .355 shooter from the 3-point line, a number bolstered by his .403 percentage from a season ago.
Lately, Syracuse basketball is scoring strong recruiting momentum in 2024 (itlh; Adler)
To date, Syracuse basketball has offered more than 20 high-school prospects in the 2023 class, with no commitments yet for the Orange.
The ‘Cuse does appear to be a significant contender for 2023 four-star guard Mike Williams from Maryland, who has the Orange in his final six and will make a college decision on Sunday, Nov. 6.
What’s more, 2023 big man William Patterson from New York City has Syracuse basketball in his top three, and an expert thinks that the ‘Cuse is in solid shape with Patterson.
Beyond that, though, it’s proven a string of disappointments for the Orange in the senior class. However, I’m pleased to say that the ‘Cuse appears to have some encouraging momentum going with its recruiting efforts in the 2024 cycle.
Syracuse basketball has experienced positive developments lately in the 2024 class.First and foremost, this past Saturday night, five-star point guard Elliot Cadeau included the Orange in his top six, along with Texas Tech, Texas, Kansas, North Carolina and Louisville.
The 6-foot-1 Cadeau, rated the top point guard in the country per several recruiting services, is eyeing a possible official visit to the ‘Cuse, according to media reports. He is a junior at the powerhouse Link Academy in Branson, Mo.
Also last weekend, four-star guard Jalil Bethea took an official visit to the Orange campus. Offered by Syracuse basketball in late September, the 6-foot-4 Bethea attends Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa., near Philadelphia.
Bethea, a top-100 player in the junior class, is being recruited hard by the ‘Cuse coaching staff, according to an article from national analyst Travis Graf.
Le Moyne men’s basketball looks to rebound following 1st losing season since 2015 (DO; Randone)
Last season, Le Moyne men’s basketball suffered its first losing season since 2015 and failed to qualify for the Division II NCAA Championships for the first time in six years.
Following a subpar regular season where the Dolphins finished 12-15, Le Moyne sputtered out against Stonehill College in the first round of last year’s Northeast Ten Tournament. Head coach Nate Champion had just led the team to a NE10 Southwest Division title in 2019, but couldn’t reiterate that success a season ago after the cancellation of the 2020-21 season.
“We needed to gain valuable experience,” head coach Nate Champion said. “I think going through those growing pains is going to help us in the long run.”
This year, Champion and the Dolphins look to bounce back with a roster full of veterans and four new freshmen.
“There’s always room for improvement,” redshirt sophomore guard Kevin Constant said. “We’re definitely not satisfied with where we are, but at the end of the day it’s just more fuel to the fire.”
Le Moyne returns a solid core of veterans, including senior forward Luke Sutherland and Constant. Sutherland had the highest scoring average of the team’s returners and Constant finished second in field goals made and assists. Sutherland, a Syracuse native, comes back to Le Moyne for his second season with the Dolphins after stints at Siena and Bryant.
“I think you see some stability with him being back in the Syracuse area,” Champion said. “It’s a place where he’s comfortable and plays his best basketball. Fortunately for us, he’s here and brings good talent.”
At West Genesee High School, Sutherland earned the Mr. Basketball CNY Award, averaging 20.2 points per game as a junior. The All-State and All-CNY selection committed to Siena with high expectations of continuing that success at the college level.
The first week of November is likely to be the warmest such period in Syracuse in 120 years of records. The map shows how many degrees warmer than normal we'll be for much of that week.
CNY is looking at the warmest start to November in at least 120 years (PS; Coin)
November, normally the gateway to winter in Upstate New York, is instead going to start out feeling like the first days of fall.
The first week of November is forecast to be the warmest such period in Syracuse since official records began 120 years ago. If National Weather Service predictions bear out, the average temperature over the next seven days will be nearly 60 degrees. That’s 15 degrees warmer than normal for this time of year, and more typical of late September than early November.
We can thank a deep drop in the jet stream for that, said New York state Climatologist Mark Wysocki.
“We’re going to have a big dip, starting from above the state of Washington, going all the way down to Texas, and then it rises back up to the Midwest,” Wysocki explained. “And we’re going to be on the warm side of this thing.”
In the map above, you can see the result of that big dip in the jet stream, a ribbon of fast-moving air in the upper atmosphere that drives global patterns. While everywhere east of the Great Plains will be cooler than normal, everywhere to the east will be warmer. Upstate New York will exceed the normal local temperatures more than anywhere else in the country.
These deep undulations in the jet stream tend to hang around for a week or so, Wysocki said.
Other than a slim chance of a tenth of an inch of rain on Tuesday, there’s almost no rain in the forecast through next Monday.
For the next week, high temperatures in Syracuse will be in the 60s and even lower 70s, while overnight temperatures will be mostly in the 50s. Normally, those lows would be our highs: Average maximum temperatures this time of year are in the low 50s. Lows are generally in the upper 30s.