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Aug 15, 2011
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SU heads to last-place Louisville with the Cardinals amid a miserable season (what to know) (PS; $; Waters)

Syracuse and Louisville, two programs looking to regain their past glory, will meet at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday night.

Syracuse endured its first losing season in over 50 years last season. It was the first losing season in SU coach Jim Boeheim’s 47-year tenure. The Orange is off to a 9-5 start this season (2-1 in the ACC), but that mark includes home losses to Colgate and Bryant.

Louisville, meanwhile, is off to a horrendous start under first-year head coach Kenny Payne. The Cardinals lost their first nine games of the season and are now 2-12 overall. Louisville has lost all three of its ACC games. The Cardinals’ two wins have come against Western Kentucky and Florida A&M. The Cardinals have lost six games by more than 20 points.

It’s hard to imagine that these two teams both participated in the 2013 Final Four with Louisville winning the championship that year. Or that Syracuse returned to the Final Four again in 2016.

Here is a look at Tuesday’s matchup with five key things to know:

Louisville’s offensive struggles

When your record is 2-12, there are plenty of issues to dissect. But Louisville’s biggest problem this season has been the theoretically simple act of putting the ball in the basket.

Louisville ranks last in the ACC in scoring (61.5 points per game) and field-goal shooting (40.5%). The Cardinals’ 31% shooting from 3-point range ranks 13th in the conference. According to, Louisville’s adjusted offensive efficiency ranks 307th in the country.

Making Louisville’s offensive issues even worse, the Cardinals commit way too many turnovers. Their percentage of turnovers per possession ranks 354th in the nation.

Opponent Preview: What to know about 2-12 Louisville (DO; Alandt)

Led by Benny Williams, Syracuse used a strong second half on Saturday to take care of Boston College and win its second Atlantic Coast Conference game of the season. Though head coach Jim Boeheim said that the Orange won not because they played better, but because they had more shots fall down the stretch. SU had four players finish with double-digit points and saw a strong 50% shooting from beyond the arc.

Now, Syracuse travels to Louisville for the first game of 2023, looking to notch a 10th win and improve to 3-1 in the ACC. The Cardinals are led by first-year head coach Kenny Payne and are off to a historically bad start. After starting the season 0-9, they’ve muddled along to an abysmal 2-12 record, and are in search of their first conference win.

Before the Orange take on Louisville at the KFC Yum Center, here’s everything you need to know about the Cardinals.

All-time series

Louisville leads 19-11.

Last time they played

Syracuse obliterated Louisville last year to win its third straight game in the midst of a four-game conference winning streak that looked to revitalize a lost season. The Orange won 92-69 after leading for the entirety of the game, and at one point extending its lead to as many as 32. Each of Syracuse’s starters finished with double digits in the routing that lifted it over .500 on the season and moved it to 6-6 in conference play. Buddy Boeheim and Jesse Edwards both finished with 19 points, while Joe Girard III added 15 points, including three 3-pointers.

Syracuse held the Cardinals to just 26 points in the first half, and no one scored more for Louisville than Jae’Lyn Withers (13). The Cardinals combined to shoot just 40.3% from the field and connected on just 10-of-35 3-pointers. Though Syracuse would go on to its first losing season under Boeheim, the win came in the midst of a 6-1 streak that helped prime the Orange for a late season run. But it lost out on its final four games of the season and was bounced by Duke in the second round of the ACC Tournament, ending a disappointing season.

The Cardinals report

Louisville took 10 games to earn its first win this season. A young team in search of a new identity under first-year head coach Payne, the Cardinals have sunk not only to the bottom of the ACC, but of Division I college basketball. A season-opening, one-point loss to Bellarmine quickly turned into four home losses to mid-major schools as part of its worst start in program history. The Cardinals are prone to turnovers, have a horrible effective field goal percentage and have one of the worst two-point field goal defenses in the country.

With their only two wins coming against Western Kentucky and Florida A&M, the Cardinals are struggling to establish themselves as anything but an automatic win for ACC opponents. Led by El Ellis, Louisville is shooting just above 40% from the field and 31% on 3-pointers. Though the senior is averaging 17.5 points per game, and Brandon Huntley-Hatfield is chipping in an additional 8.2 points per game, the Cardinals currently have a -12.9 point scoring margin.

Preview: Louisville Cardinals Men's Basketball vs. Syracuse Orange - Sports Illustrated Louisville Cardinals News, Analysis and More (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse Orange (9-5, 2-1 ACC) at Louisville Cardinals (2-12, 0-3 ACC)

- Tipoff: Tuesday, January 3 at 7:00 p.m. EST
- Location: KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky.
- How To Watch: ESPNU
- How To Listen: 93.9 FM
- Betting Favorite: Syracuse -8.0 (KenPom)
- All-Time Series: Louisville leads 19-11
- Last Meeting: Syracuse won 92-69 on Feb. 5, 2022 (Carrier Dome - Syracuse, N.Y.)

Projected Starting Lineups

  • G El Ellis (6-3, 180, Sr.)
  • G/F Mike James (6-5, 215, R-Fr.)
  • F Jae'Lyn Withers (6-9, 220, R-Jr.)
  • F Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (6-10, 250, So.)
  • F Sydney Curry (6-8, 270, Sr.)
  • G Judah Mintz (6-3, 172, Fr.)
  • G Joseph Girard III (6-1, 190, Sr.)
  • F Chris Bell (6-7, 180, Fr.)
  • F Benny Williams (6-9, 108, So.)
  • C Jesse Edwards (6-11, 230, Sr.)

Tale of The Tape, Predictions: Louisville Men's Basketball vs. Syracuse - Sports Illustrated Louisville Cardinals News, Analysis and More (SI; McGavic)

Louisville (2-12, 0-3 ACC) is set to face Syracuse (9-5, 2-1 ACC) on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:00 p.m. EST at the KFC! Yum Center. Here's how the Cardinals stack up against the Orange:

- Rankings:


- Team Leaders:

PointsJoseph Girard III (15.9)El Ellis (17.5)
ReboundsJesse Edwards (10.9)Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (6.1)
AssistsJudah Mintz (4.2)El Ellis (4.1)
StealsJudah Mintz (2.3)El Ellis (0.9)
BlocksJesse Edwards (3.0)Brandon Huntley-Hatfield (0.8)
- Scoring:

Points Per Game75.661.5
Field Goal %46.4%40.5%
FGM/FGA Per Game28.4/61.120.9/51.5
Three Point %33.9%31.0%
3PTM/3PTA Per Game6.0/17.75.5/17.7
Free Throw %74.1%73.8%

- Rebounding:

Rebounds Per Game36.931.6
Off. Reb. Per Game11.08.1
Def. Reb. Per Game25.923.6
Rebound Margin-1.1-3.1

How to Watch Syracuse at Louisville (SI; McAllister)

: Syracuse (9-5, 2-1) at Louisville (2-12, 0-3)

Location: KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY)

Time: 7:00 p.m. Eastern - Tuesday, January 3rd.

Television: ESPNU


Radio: TK99,, TuneIn App

Broadcast Team: Dave O'Brien, Cory Alexander

Odds: Syracuse -8.5. Over/Under 137.5

ESPN Matchup Predictor: Syracuse has a 79.6% chance to win.

Series History: Syracuse trails the all-time series 11-19 thanks in large part to a seven game winning streak for Louisville from 2007 to 2011 and winning five out of six from 2013 to 2017. Other than those two periods, Syracuse holds a 10-7 series edge. The Orange has also won three of the last four meetings. That includes a 92-69 win last season in the Dome.

Fizz Five 1/1: Pinstripe Bowl Recap, Men’s Hoops Lineup Changes, and New Year’s Resolutions – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; podcast; Bainbridge)

Cam Ezeir and Carter Bainbridge are back on Fizz Five to recap SU football’s Pinstripe Bowl, discuss men’s hoops’ lineup and recent clash against BC, and talk New Year’s Resolutions for Jim Boeheim and company.

New Year’s Resolutions for SU Men’s Basketball – Orange Fizz – Daily Syracuse Recruiting News & Team Coverage (; Griffin)

Happy New Year Fizz Nation! In the light of auld acquaintances being forgot and drinking a cup of kindness yet, let’s dissect some New Year’s Resolutions for Jim Boeheim’s bunch. We touched on it in the latest edition of Fizz Five, but here’s some more food for thought.


You can tell by Boeheim’s demeanor in press conferences he’s getting sick of it. Benny Williams got the memo against Boston College, racking up 11 boards. Sure, Bell had five rebounds against Cornell, but a disappointing effort against Pittsburgh led to perhaps the most bashing of him we’ve seen so far. His 2 rebound performance against the Eagles over 13 minutes was mediocre at best. Enough is enough.

If Bell does not pick up the slack on the glass, he has no place in the starting lineup. Such efforts are unacceptable now, just wait until we see UVA on Saturday, Miami and UNC later this month, and Duke on February 18. If Bell is still starting yet isn’t crashing the boards in those games, you’re essentially signing your own death warrant. If his performance is lackluster against Louisville tomorrow, Maliq Brown or Justin Taylor should take his starting spot.


There’s no consistency with how Boeheim utilizes his rotations game in and game out. There are some games where only eight players play, and then there are cases where 11 guys take the floor. Additionally, there’s no apparent pattern with how said players come off the bench. Occasionally it’s Brown, other times it’s Taylor, heck it was even John Bol Ajak at one point. What gives?

It’s time for this lack of clarity to change. Pick one guy, foul trouble offsetting (more on that below), to be the first off the bench every game. Brown is a very good rebounder. Taylor has a sweet shooting stroke. Quadir Copeland is an energizer bunny. Or if you move Bell out of the starting lineup, there’s another option. Pick one guy to be the sixth man, and there you go.


This one should be a “no, duh” type of resolution because you could’ve said the same thing last year and it would’ve been relevant. Despite the pleas of all Orange fans before the season began, the Flying Dutchman’s foul trouble from last year remains prevalent. Edwards fouled out 11 times before he got hurt last year, including a stretch of five straight after a COVID pause. SU went 2-3 in that stretch, those three losses were by a combined nine points.


(Photo: Isaiah Vazquez, Getty)

Where does Syracuse basketball stand heading into the New Year? (; Finneral)

Syracuse men’s basketball is in the middle of another roller coaster season. After a 3-4 start, the Orange built some momentum in December posting a 6-1 record which puts them at 9-5 on the season.

Syracuse sits 161st in the RPI rankings and 138th in the NET rankings. This would imply that Syracuse has plenty of work to do if it wants to get back to the NCAA Tournament.

The Orange is this far down the rankings due to its performance against high-level competition. Syracuse is 0-2 overall against quad 1 and quad 2 opponents. Syracuse is 3-3 in quad 3 and has the bulk of its wins from quad 4, going 6-0.

Although Syracuse has had a less than ideal start, the team has shown nice flashes and plenty of potential. This team relies pretty heavily on the leadership of Joe Girard and Jesse Edwards. Freshman guard Judah Mintz has really come on strong and is playing at a high level.

Syracuse has plenty of other capable players who can contribute with scoring, rebounding and facilitating. This is a young Syracuse roster that appears to be getting comfortable with each other. Despite some disappointing losses early in the season, there is more than enough time for the Orange to fully turn it around.

ACC Basketball Power Rankings: UNC plummets, Pitt rises (PS; $; Waters)

The New Year brought a whole new look to the ACC Basketball Power Rankings.

Two teams that had previously held the No. 1 spot earlier this season took some major falls this past week. North Carolina suffered its second conference loss of the season last week, while Virginia Tech dropped its second league game in a row.

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Wake Forest, a pair of teams who had been 10th or lower just a few weeks ago, have taken significant moves up the rankings.

As we head into a new year and a full slate of conference games, here is the first installment of the ACC Power Rankings in 2023.

1. Miami

Last week’s ranking: 1st
Last week’s results: Won 76-65 at Notre Dame
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Georgia Tech

Why No. 1? A road win at Notre Dame made sure that Miam’s stay at No. 1 wasn’t a one-week deal. The Hurricanes are easily the best team in the ACC at the moment.

2. Virginia

Last week’s ranking: 2nd
Last week’s results: Won 66-46 over Albany; Won 74-56 at Georgia Tech
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Pittsburgh; Saturday vs. Syracuse

Why No. 2? The Cavaliers remain in second place as a result of a two-point loss to Miami two weeks ago, but Virginia still has the look a team that could be the ACC’s best during the rest of the season.

3. Duke

Last week’s ranking: 3rd
Last week’s results: Won 86-67 over Florida State
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at N.C. State; Saturday at Boston College

Why No. 3? Duke isn’t No. 1 now, but as the young Blue Devils mature this team has a chance to be at the top of the power rankings by mid-February.

4. Pittsburgh

Last week’s ranking: 7th
Last week’s results: Won 76-74 over North Carolina
This week’s schedule: Tuesday vs. Virginia; Saturday vs. Clemson

Why No. 4? Pitt has earned its way up the rankings with a 3-0 record, including last Friday’s win over North Carolina. But this is a big week coming up for the Panthers.

5. Clemson

Last week’s ranking: 6th
Last week’s results: Won 78-64 over N.C. State
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Virginia Tech; Saturday at Pittsburgh

Why No. 5? The Tigers thumped N.C. State to earn a one-spot move up in the rankings. Two big games on this week’s schedule for the Tigers.

6. Wake Forest

Last week’s ranking: 8th
Last week’s results: Won 77-75 over Virginia Tech

This week’s schedule: Wednesday at North Carolina; Saturday at Louisville

Why No. 6? Wake owns home wins over Virginia Tech and North Carolina. The Deacons settle in at No. 6 because of an early December loss to Clemson.

7. Virginia Tech

Last week’s ranking: 4th
Last week’s results: Lost 77-75 at Wake Forest
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Clemson; Saturday vs. N.C. State

Why No. 7? Virginia Tech has now lost its last two games at Boston College and Wake Forest. It’s time for the Hokies to return home and get well this week.

8. North Carolina

Last week’s ranking: 5th
Last week’s results: Lost 76-74 at Pittsburgh
This week’s schedule: Wednesday vs. Wake Forest; Saturday vs. Notre Dame

Why No. 8? The Tar Heels continue to confuse onlookers as they look nothing like the team that played in the 2022 NCAA title game.

9. Syracuse

Last week’s ranking: 10th
Last week’s results: Won 79-65 over Boston College
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Louisville; Saturday at Virginia

Newest AP Top 25 men’s basketball poll: Syracuse is about to play some ranked teams (PS; Ditota)

Connecticut lost last week, which brought a little bit of clarity for this week’s men’s basketball Top 25 poll.

That “clarity” is likely short-lived. It usually is.

North Carolina’s push back to the Top 25 was dealt the reality of Pittsburgh. The Panthers defeated the Tar Heels last week, ending UNC’s second stint in the polls.

Elsewhere among ACC teams, Virginia and Miami -- two January Syracuse opponents -- stayed relevant among national voters.

Here’s the latest AP poll, followed by the ballot I turned in last night:

The top 25 teams in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, and total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and previous ranking.

Record Points Previous week

1. Purdue (60) 13-0 1524 1
2. Houston 14-1 1417 3
3. Kansas 12-1 1351 4
4. UConn (1) 14-1 1342 2
5. Arizona 13-1 1334 5
6. Texas 12-1 1185 6
7. Alabama 11-2 1132 8
8. Tennessee 11-2 1114 7
9. Gonzaga 12-3 1003 10
10. UCLA 13-2 993 11
11. Virginia 10-2 926 13
12. Miami 13-1 814 14
13. Arkansas 11-2 717 9
14. Wisconsin 10-2 639 15
15. Indiana 10-3 558 16
16. Duke 11-3 554 17
17. TCU 12-1 545 18
18. Xavier 12-3 531 22
19. Baylor 10-3 520 12
20. Missouri 12-1 329 -

Syracuse Basketball: 7-foot-2 big says ‘Cuse relationship ‘going really well’ (itlh; Adler)

In mid-October, a media report from a national recruiting analyst said that Syracuse basketball was in the top three for talented yet underrated 2023 big man William Patterson from New York City.

Fast-forward to the present, and the 7-foot-2, 220-pound power forward/center says in an interview that he’s eyeing a college decision in the near future, and that the Orange coaching staff continues to recruit him hard.

At this juncture, I’m not aware of any prospects in the senior class who are being recruited by the ‘Cuse, other than Patterson. He participated in the Orange’s annual Elite Camp in late August, at which time he picked up a scholarship offer from Syracuse basketball.

Per recruiting services, his offer sheet includes the ‘Cuse, Oklahoma State, Rutgers and TCU, while he has received interest from Cincinnati and UCLA.

This past October, Patterson told 247Sports national analyst Dushawn London that his top three consisted of the Orange and two Big 12 Conference squads, Oklahoma State and TCU.

Syracuse basketball appears to be a serious contender for 2023 big man William Patterson.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Patterson attends The Patrick School in Hillside, N.J., after suiting up last year for the Bishop Walsh School in Cumberland, Md., which is a member of the loaded National Interscholastic Basketball Conference.

In a new article from London that published on January 2, Patterson said that he is hearing the most these days from the ‘Cuse, Howard, TCU, Oklahoma State and Rutgers.

“I would say I’m getting close to a decision,” Patterson said to 247Sports. “We are midway through the season and I’m feeling pretty good. My recruitment is slowly coming to a close and I’m looking at committing in April. Throughout, it’s really been the same schools recruiting me hard as before.”
When I wrote this column, I didn’t see any predictions from analysts on recruiting Web sites as to where they believe Patterson will end up.

Based on what he’s said about Syracuse basketball in several interviews over the past few months, I do think the Orange has an excellent shot to prevail in Patterson’s recruitment.

In his latest interview with 247Sports, Patterson had this to say about Syracuse basketball. “That relationship is going really well. Coach (Allen) Griffin asked about me a week ago. He saw me play at Manasquan and we’re still in contact.”

The ‘Cuse coaching staff has offered scholarships to more than 20 players in the 2023 class, and the Orange is still searching for its first commitment in this cycle.

Given that the team brought in a six-member 2022 class, it’s likely that the ‘Cuse will have a somewhat small 2023 cycle, although much of that depends on the number of departures from the program after the current 2022-23 season.

Certainly, Syracuse basketball coaches will have the transfer portal available to them in the next off-season, and we’ll continue to track Patterson’s recruiting process.

ACC Men’s Basketball power rankings and new year’s resolutions (TNIAAM; Wall)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team is ready to move onto 2023 after a disappointing 2022- a year in which the Orange had a record of 18-17. After beating Boston College, where does Syracuse land in our ACC Power Rankings?

Don’t ask us to explain our ratings system- just be grateful that Fake Nunes Statistical Index staff has steady work in this economy.

Now let’s get to this week’s rankings...

1) Miami Hurricanes (13-1, 4-0)

Miami has a chance to put themselves into the Top 10 before they head to Duke later this month, so their resolution should be not to overlook the bottom of the ACC if they want to land a protected seed in March.

2) Virginia Cavaliers (10-2, 2-1)

Raise your hand if you thought Virginia-Pitt was going to be a compelling put them down liars. Tony Bennett’s resolution is to find that voodoo that worked in their NCAA title run and release it on this team.

3) Duke Blue Devils (11-3, 2-1)

Duke’s loaded with a number of highly recruited players but Northwestern transfer Ryan Young might be the most effective player right now. If the Blue Devils are going to make a deep run they’ll need Dereck Lively to become a more impactful player.



Syracuse Vocal Ensemble singers in 1974 are, from left: back -- Steve Finch; Founding Director Tim Adams, Bruce Ward, Jim Shultz, and Richard Pilgrim; front -- Margaret Poyner, Chris Flasch, Cynthia Lake, Donna Miller, Barbara Griffin, and Kathryn Henderson. Photo courtesy of Bruce Ward.

For 50 years, Syracuse Vocal Ensemble has serenaded listeners. They’ll celebrate the milestone this week (PS; $; Loomis)

Richard Pilgrim thinks of his long-time experience with Syracuse Vocal Ensemble as “singing yoga.” A tenor, he’s been with the group since its inception 50 years ago, and he says it still brings him joy.

“When I’m in rehearsal, I center myself, I focus on the music and the sound I am making with the other singers around me,” Pilgrim says. “It’s a way to become thoroughly engaged in something meaningful. So, to me participating in the ensemble is a kind of yoga practice.”

For Julie Pretzat, the experience as artistic director of the select choral group fulfills a deep artistic, professional, and emotional need. She said she thought she was finished conducting when, in 2015, she segued from director of choral activities in the music department at SUNY Oswego to administration as associate dean, then dean of the School of Communication, Media and the Arts.

“What brought me back was an invitation to conduct one concert during the time SVE was searching for a new leader in 2018,” Pretzat said. “In doing that, I had an epiphany and said to myself: This is your milieu. This is what you’re good at and what you love.”

Merchant will lead the 23-member ensemble in two anniversary concerts Jan. 7 at First Presbyterian Church in Cazenovia, site of its first performance in 1973, and Jan. 8 at Syracuse Marriot Downtown. Both performances begin at 3 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door.


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