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Orangeyes Daily Articles for Tuesday for Basketball


No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Beer Can Appreciation Day!

Where do you like the beer you drink to come from? Do you prefer draft, bottles, or cans? On January 24, 1935, Krueger's Finest Beer and Krueger's Cream Ale became the first beers to be sold in cans, and it is on this anniversary that we celebrate Beer Can Appreciation Day.

The American Can Company began working on canning beer in 1909, but they were not successful at the time. They found that carbonation was too much for cans, leading them to sometimes explode. They eventually found a remedy: coating the inside of cans as they did with kegs.

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SU gets chance at much-needed big win vs. UNC (what to know) (PS; $; Waters)

If Syracuse wants to get into the NCAA Tournament conversation, the Orange needs a win that’ll get some people talking.

Syracuse (13-7 overall, 6-3 in the ACC) will have the opportunity to get some tongues wagging tonight as it hosts the North Carolina Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3) at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse and North Carolina might be tied in the ACC standings, but they’re far apart in terms of their post-season aspirations as witnessed by the NCAA’s NET rankings. Syracuse is at No. 101 in the NET, while North Carolina sits at No. 32.

Tonight will start a criticial stretch of games for Syracuse.

Syracuse is 1-5 against opponents in Quad 1 or 2. North Carolina (NET of 32) would be a Quad 2 opponent for Syracuse at home. Virginia Tech (55th in the NET) on Saturday will be a Quad 1 road game. Then Virginia (13th) will be another Quad 1 foe at the Dome next Monday.

Syracuse could move within earshot of the NCAA Tournament conversation if it can notch two or three wins in the next week.

North Carolina has won nine of its last 11 games, including an 80-69 win over N.C. State on Saturday. However, the Tar Heels are 4-6 outside of Chapel Hill and 1-4 in true road games.

Tuesday’s game is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Here are five key things to now about the matchup:

Statistical Preview: Syracuse vs North Carolina (SI; McAllister)

Syracuse and North Carolina are set to square off in the JMA Wireless Dome Tuesday night. Here is a statistical comparison of the teams and the projected starting lineups.

Statistical Comparison

CategorySyracuseNorth Carolina
PPG Def69.9572.25
3PT Made6.356.80
FG% Def40.9%43.3%
3PT% Def33.4%33.1%
Def Reb%66.1%75.8%
Off Reb%31.6%29.9%
Reb Margin-0.20+5.50
TO Margin+2.300.00


PG Judah Mintz14.
SG Joe Girard17.

UNC vs. Syracuse: Three Things to Watch (; McKay)

Tar Heels rejoiced after the final horn sounded in their 80-69 win over NC State. The end of the game got quite chippy, especially after the injury to guard Terquavion Smith and the flagrant foul against Caleb Love.

Syracuse won’t have quite the same bad blood, but it can have just as much bad basketball. UNC has not hit its high gear shooting the basketball as it had at the end of last season, and the Carrier Dome, ahem—excuse me, the JMA Wireless Dome isn’t the best place to get right.

Syracuse has an identical conference record to Carolina and has lost to similar teams. Here are three things to watch as the Tar Heels and Orange look to climb to the top of the third-place ACC pile.

Can Carolina shoot the ball better?

Carolina emerged from their NC State clash with an emphatic win, but without a good way forward for their game tomorrow against Syracuse. As a team, UNC shot poorly from the field (37%) and especially from deep (22%), but did shoot a sterling 36-39 from the free throw line (92%).

Syracuse won’t foul as much as the Wolfpack—nobody really does. This means UNC needs to convert chances, especially at the rim. How well Armando Bacot can find space and either turn and score, or post and pass to cutters (as he did on a nice layup for RJ Davis) will dictate terms. Pete Nance driving into the paint (as he did with an alarming dunk on Ernest Ross) would also be a welcome addition.

North Carolina vs. Syracuse prediction, odds: 2023 college basketball picks, Jan. 24 best bets by proven model (; Staff)

Teams that have been running hot of late clash when the North Carolina Tar Heels face the Syracuse Orange in a key Atlantic Coast Conference matchup on Tuesday night. The Tar Heels (14-6, 6-3 ACC), who have won three in a row and five of six, are coming off an 80-69 win over North Carolina State on Saturday. The Orange (13-7, 6-3), who have won three of four and 10 of 13, posted an 80-63 triumph at Georgia Tech on Saturday. UNC and Syracuse are tied with three other teams for third place in the conference, two games behind ACC-leading Clemson and one game behind second-place Virginia.

Tipoff from the Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., is set for 9 p.m. ET. UNC leads the all-time series 15-6, but the teams have split the last four games. The Tar Heels are 4.5-point favorites in the latest North Carolina vs. Syracuse odds from Caesars , while the over/under for total points scored is set at 150. Before making any Syracuse vs. North Carolina picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. The model enters Week 12 of the season 45-26 on all-top rated college basketball picks, returning more than $1,100 for $100 players. Anybody who has followed it has seen profitable returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on UNC vs. Syracuse and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and betting lines for Syracuse vs. UNC:

  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse spread: North Carolina -4.5
  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse over/under: 150 points
  • North Carolina vs. Syracuse money line: North Carolina -195, Syracuse +162
  • UNC: The Under is 4-0 in the Tar Heels' last four games overall
  • SYR: The Orange are 5-1 against the spread in their last six games against a team with a winning % above .600

UNC at Syracuse Preview (; Smith)

North Carolina (14-6, 6-3) at Syracuse (13-7, 6-3)
Tuesday, Jan. 24 — 9 p.m.
JMA Wireless Dome — Syracuse, N.Y.
ESPN (Rece Davis, Debbie Antonelli, Angel Gray)


“From a defensive standpoint, they do a terrific job of protecting the paint and contesting shots. They make it very difficult to find a rhythm on the offensive end. At the end of the day, we’re going to have to make some shots and we’re going to have to make some 3s. And so our ability to shoot the basketball is going to be huge against Syracuse. Defensively, they’ve got some really gifted and talented players that not only can score, but they can create shots in one-on-one situations. And so for us, to be able to defend and defend without fouling and rebound the basketball, (that will) allow us to get out in transition. I think that’s going to be huge for us.” — UNC coach Hubert Davis on Monday, assessing the matchup against the Orange.

“Looking for him to be aggressive is something that’s really important for us going forward, and so I try to constantly remind him. Like if he makes two in a row and then misses one, I’m like, ‘RJ, that doesn't mean you’re not hot. We want you to keep shooting.’ He’s just been great, and it’s been awesome.” — UNC forward Pete Nance, after guard RJ Davis scored 26 points in Saturday’s defeat of NC State to continue his surging play.


Meghan Hendricks | Photo Editor

Opponent preview: Everything to know about 14-6 North Carolina (DO; Vasudevan)

Syracuse has made a complete 180 from this time last season, flipping its conference record from 3-6 to 6-3. With an NCAA Tournament appearance still on the table for SU, it needs some much-needed Quadrant I wins to woo the NCAA Selection Committee before March, and Tuesday night against North Carolina provides the perfect opportunity.

The Tar Heels have won three-straight games and nine of their last 11, looking to win their third game ever in Syracuse. Armando Bacot, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s reigning Player of the Week, has been on a tear with 13 double-doubles so far this season.

Here’s what else to know about North Carolina (14-6, 6-3 ACC) before the matchup:

All-time series

UNC leads 6-15.

Last time they played

Cole Swider erupted for 36 points as Syracuse surprised North Carolina near the end of conference play last season. The Orange led by one with 15.9 seconds left in regulation, but an inbounds pass bounced off of Joe Girard III and landed out of bounds, giving UNC a chance to respond. The Tar Heels’ Caleb Love got off a deep 3-pointer, though Girard’s corner jumper in the final second sent the game to an extra period.

“We put ourselves in a great position with 8-10 seconds to go,” head coach Jim Boeheim said after that game. “I’ll have Love taking that shot all night.”

SU couldn’t keep up its strong play in overtime, getting on the board for the first time off a free throw from Swider with 2:46 left in the period. North Carolina scored eight points during Syracuse’s scoreless stretch and after Swider fouled out with a minute left, the Tar Heels coasted to an 88-79 win.

KenPom Odds

North Carolina has a 59% chance of winning with a projected score of 76-73.

The Tar Heels report

North Carolina is currently ranked fourth in the ACC, heading into the JMA Wireless Dome off three-straight conference wins. For the first two victories of that streak, the Tar Heels easily handled Boston College and Louisville — both teams gave the Orange trouble earlier this year. They most recently defeated NC State, holding the sixth-best offense in the ACC to 69 points.

UNC faced some issues at the beginning of the season, dropping four straight games, including a quadruple-overtime 103-101 loss to Alabama. It has struggled against the best teams in the country, currently 1-6 against Quadrant I teams, according to BetMGM.

The Tar Heels rebounded at the end of non conference play, bringing momentum into ACC play with the third-best scoring offense in the league. They’ve got an adjusted efficiency of 115.4 as well, which ranks 16th nationally, according to KenPom.

Bacot is back for North Carolina, averaging a team-high 17.8 points per game and 11.6 rebounds per game. He leads the ACC in rebounds per game. Bacot scored 17 points against SU last season along with 18 total rebounds — nine offensive and nine defensive. Love and RJ Davis also returned this season, fronting UNC’s production from deep with 37 and 38 3-pointers made so far, respectively.

Beat writers split if Syracuse can defeat North Carolina DO; Staff)

Syracuse has 11 games left in the regular season, most recently defeating Georgia Tech 80-63 in Atlanta, Georgia. Joe Girard III scored 28 points in the matchup, eclipsing 20 points for the fifth time in seven games. SU brought a full-court press after struggling against GT in the first half, leading to a 17-0 run which gave Syracuse complete control over the afternoon.

The Orange are back at the JMA Wireless Dome for its only matchup this year against North Carolina, who have been on the brink of entering the AP’s top-25 rankings for the last few weeks. UNC also leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring offense this season, averaging 79.6 points per game.

Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Tuesday night:

Anish Vasudevan (17-3)
The Long Goodbye
North Carolina 75, Syracuse 68

This Syracuse-UNC matchup came at the perfect time. SU proved it could hang around against Virginia and then Miami, two pillars of the ACC, and now the Orange are ready to conquer North Carolina, a team that has matched its success so far in the conference.

The cards are there for Syracuse to win, but North Carolina has the stronger hand. While Girard erupted to the tune of 28 points at Georgia Tech, RJ Davis was only two points shy of that against a much better NC State squad. Armando Bacot, the reigning ACC Player of the Week, collected over 15 rebounds in UNC’s last three games and recorded his 11th and 12th double-doubles during that span. Meanwhile, the Tar Heels’ defense has held teams to under 70 points for five-straight games.

On top of that, North Carolina gets 23.4% of its scoring from the free-throw line, ranking 11th-best nationally, according to KenPom. It forced the Wolfpack into foul trouble throughout its most recent matchup, something that could be detrimental against SU with foul-prone Jesse Edwards.

Syracuse has played its best basketball this season as of late, but it’s heading into a brutal three-game stretch. Unless the Orange surprise North Carolina, this loss could be the start of another descent out of NCAA Tournament contention.

Connor Smith (18-2)
Not your grandma’s Tar Heels
Syracuse 75, North Carolina 73

UNC is probably the better team in this game, but it’s also very beatable. In past years, the Tar Heels have played a run-and-gun style oriented around quick offense, offensive rebounds and strong 3-point shooting. This North Carolina team, despite being ranked preseason No. 1, is still the 24th-best team in the country, per KenPom, but is a bad 3-point shooting team (283th-best nationally) and doesn’t crash the offensive glass like vintage Tar Heels teams under Roy Williams (their offensive rebounding percentage is 146th in the country). UNC plays at a much slower tempo than normal, too.

An SU basketball recruit in the Class of 2024 sets commitment date (PS; $; Waters)

Elijah Moore, a top prospect in the 2024 recruiting class, will announce his college decision this Saturday.

Moore will make the announcement at Baychester Middle School in the Bronx at noon on Saturday, he told on Monday.

Syracuse is one of five schools on Moore’s final list, which also includes Alabama, Arkansas, Miami and Oklahoma State.

NEWS: 2024 four-star guard Elijah Moore tells me he will announce his college decision on Saturday, Jan. 28th between Syracuse, Arkansas, Miami, Alabama, and Oklahoma State.

More details here: 2024 Four-Star SG Elijah Moore sets commitment date
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) January 23, 2023

Moore, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, is expected to attend Syracuse’s game against North Carolina on Tuesday night as a guest of Syracuse fan Adam Weitsman.

Weitsman has been discussing NIL possibilities with Moore and his family.

Moore, who is ranked No. 73 in the ‘24 class by 247Sports and No. 82 by, previously took an official visit to Syracuse in October. He attended SU’s basketball media day and Orange Madness at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Another Class of ‘24 recruit was supposed to be at Syracuse’s game against North Carolina on Tuesday, but those plans have changed.

Johnuel “Boogie’' Fland, a 6-2 point guard at Archbishop Stepinac High School, had been expected to be at the game with his family. Syracuse recently extended a scholarship offer to Fland, who is ranked eighth in the ‘24 class by

However, Fland will not be in attendance due to a conflict with his high school’s schedule.

In other recruiting news, Marcus Adams, a 6-foot-8 junior at Narbonne High School in Harbor City, California, told he would take an official visit to Syracuse on Feb. 17-19. Syracuse plays Duke at the JMA Dome on Saturday, Feb. 18.

‎Locked On Syracuse - Daily Podcast On Syracuse Orange Football & Basketball: What Does Syracuse Basketball Need To Do In The Next Four Games To Keep Tourney Hopes Alive? em Apple Podcasts (; podcast; Locked on Syracuse)

Matt Bonaparte and Owen Valentine take a look at some of the most pressing conversations surrounding Syracuse Basketball as they continue deeper into the ACC slate. Is Judah's Miami performance worrisome? What can be expected from the next four game stretch? Who can step up in the forward spot? It's a Locked On Syracuse Thursday episode.

Keeping Up With The 315 1-23-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Brian Higgins starts the show recapping what he believes to be Joe Girard’s best game in Orange. Then, he relives a brutal NFL Divisional Round for New York teams. Later, Brian conducts another entertaining ticket giveaway that turns out to be a tale of two callers.

Syracuse Basketball: Adam Weitsman offers NIL deal to 4-star Jalil Bethea (itlh; Adler)

Businessman, philanthropist and top SU booster Adam Weitsman tells me that he has offered a lucrative name, image and likeness deal to 2024 four-star guard Jalil Bethea from the Philadelphia area, who holds a Syracuse basketball offer and has officially visited the Hill.

Adam Weitsman tells me that his NIL offer to the 6-foot-4 Bethea is a six-figure offer with incentives that could grow this deal to seven figures. Weitsman declined to provide specifics about the length of this proposed NIL deal to Bethea.

As we noted in another recent piece, Bethea has made one of the largest jumps nationwide in new 2024 rankings from On3. That recruiting service moved him from No. 128 overall to No. 72 overall.

Numerous recruiting Web sites rate Bethea as a four-star player and within the top 80 of the 2024 cycle. Personally, I’m extremely high on Jalil Bethea.

Adam Weitsman has offered a huge NIL deal to four-star guard Jalil Bethea, who is a Syracuse basketball target.

Bethea is a junior at Archbishop Wood Catholic High School in Warminster, Pa., near Philadelphia. In grassroots basketball, he runs with one of the best AAU teams across the country, the Philadelphia-based Team Final in Nike’s EYBL league.

In late September, the Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to Bethea. He took an official visit to the ‘Cuse about a month later, and reports at the time indicated his trip to Central New York went quite well.

Recruiting services say that Bethea holds more than 20 offers from a range of high-major programs, including Notre Dame, St. John’s, Villanova, UCLA, Seton Hall, Miami, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, VCU, Mississippi State and Temple, among others.

2024 4 * Jalil Bethea (@JalilBethea2) went off for 31 PTS two nights ago in a tough win
In a four game span, Bethea is averaging 26.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, and 6.3 APG
Hearing from UCLA, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Temple, and Syracuse the most@WoodBoysBball @TeamFinalEYBL
— Alex Karamanos (@TheCircuitAlex) January 20, 2023

US Basketball News, Scores, Stats, Analysis, Standings (

Every week we bring you a list of the top former Orangemen players who continue their career in pro basketball.

#1. Tyler Ennis (6'2''-PG-1994, played in 2013-14, plays pro in Turkey) could not help Tofas Bursa (10-4) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Tofas Bursa lost 81-94 on the road to the much lower-ranked (#13) Buyukcekmece. Ennis was the top scorer with 27 points. He also added 4 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals in 34 minutes. It was Tofas Bursa's first loss after three consecutive victories. The Regular Season already ended. It's Ennis' first season with the team. Ennis has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages 15.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.9apg and 1.9spg in 12 games he played so far.

#2. Jerami Grant (6'8''-F-1994, played in 2012-14, plays in the NBA) was not able to help the Portland Trail Blazers (21-25) in their last game on Thursday. Despite Grant's very good performance the Portland Trail Blazers (21-25) were defeated 105-95 in Philadelphia by the 76ers. He was the second best scorer with 24 points. Grant also added 5 rebounds. It's Grant's first season with the team. This year he has very high stats. Grant averages 21.6ppg, 4.3rpg and 2.4apg.

#3. Brandon Triche (6'4''-G-1991, played in 2009-13, currently in United Arab Emirates) led his UAE team Shabab Al Ahli to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked Al Bashaer (0-4) crushing them 92-61 in the West Asia Super League on Tuesday night. He scored 15 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished 5 assists in 30 minutes. Shabab Al Ahli Dubai (4-0) is placed first in the West Asia Super League. So far his team won all four games in the Regular Season. There are only two games left until the end of the West Asia Super League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical. Triche has relatively good stats this year 13.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 3.5apg and 1.5spg in four games.

#4. Andrew White III (6'7''-F-1993, played in 2016-17, plays pro in Australia) was the major contributor in a Brisbane Bullets' victory against the league outsider Illawarra Hawks (3-22) 103-86 in the Australian NBL in Saturday night's game. White III recorded 18 points. Brisbane Bullets (8-17) are placed second from the bottom (#9) in the NBL. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial. It's White III's first season with the team. This year he averages 8.4ppg and 2.9rpg.

#5. O'Shae Brissett (6'7''-F/G-1998, played in 2017-19, plays in the NBA) was not able to secure a victory for the Indiana Pacers (23-25) in their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder (23-24) in the NBA. He recorded 5 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists in 23 minutes. The Indiana Pacers (23-25) were badly defeated126-106 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder. It was Indiana Pacers' seventh consecutive loss in a row. This year Brissett averages 5.9ppg and 3.4rpg in 42 games.

#6. Tyler Roberson (6'8''-F-1994, played in 2013-17, currently in Hungary) led Szedeak to a victory against the fourth-ranked Alba 87-78 in the Hungarian A Division on Saturday night. He scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. This season Roberson has very high stats. He averages 16.5ppg and 9.2rpg.

#7. Malachi Richardson (6'6''-F/G-1996, played in 2015-16, plays pro in Poland) couldn't help GTK Gliwice in their game against Start in the Polish EBL. He scored 8 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 27 minutes. His team lost 68-79. This year Richardson averages 8.4ppg and 3.8rpg in five games.

#8. Jimmy Boeheim (6'8''-F-1998, played in 2021-22, plays in Greece) couldn't help Karditsas in their game against Kolossos HH in the Greek GBL. Boeheim recorded 7 points. His team was defeated 73-62. This season Boeheim averages 8.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 1.2apg.

#9. Paschal Chukwu (7'2''-C-1995, played in 2015-15, currently in France) couldn't help Les Sables in their game against Toulouse in the French NM1 (third division). Chukwu scored 5 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 8 minutes. His team lost 71-85. This year Chukwu averages 5.6ppg and 6.6rpg in 18 games.

#10. Elijah Hughes (6'6''-G/F-1998, played in 2017-17, plays pro in the NBA G League) couldn't help the Wisconsin Herd (3-5) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance the Wisconsin Herd (#10) was defeated 135-126 in Mississauga by the Raptors 905 Missisauga. Hughes recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 3 assists and 2 blocks. Hughes has relatively good stats this season 11.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.0apg and 1.2spg.

Other former Syracuse University players, who play in pro basketball:

Andrew Rautins (6'4''-SG-1986, played in 2005-07) played for AEK in Greek GBL few monts ago
Paul Harris (6'5''-F/G-1986, played in 2006-09) played for Phoenix in Filipino PBA last year
Michael Carter-Williams (6'6''-PG-1991, played in 2011-13) played for Orlando Magic in the NBA last year
Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-1984, played in 2002-03) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Cole Swider (6'9''-F-1999, played in 2021-22) plays for Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA
Tyus Battle (6'6''-G-1997, played in 2016-19) played for Hapoel Gilboa Galil in Israeli Winner League last year
Michael Gbinije (6'7''-F/G-1992, played in 2012-12) played for Oklahoma City Blue in the NBA G League last year
Bourama Sidibe (6'10''-C-1997, played in 2017-22) plays for Palencia in Spanish LEB Gold
Marek Dolezaj (6'10''-F-1998, played in 2017-21) plays for Hubner NBS in Hungarian A Division
Rakeem Christmas (6'9''-F/C-1991, played in 2011-15) played for Dosa in Dominican Rep. La Vega League last year
Kristof Ongenaet (6'8''-F/C-1985, played in 2005-09) played for LDP Donza in Belgian Top Division I last year
Antonio Balandi (6'6''-F-1996, played in 2015-19) played for Vancouver Volcanoes in the TBL last year
Scoop Jardine (6'2''-G-1988, played in 2007-08) played for Neumann Goretti Saints in the The Basketball Tournament last year
Alan Griffin (6'5''-F-2000, played in 2020-21) played for Newfoundland Growlers in CEBL last year
C.J. Fair (6'8''-F-1991, played in 2010-14) played for Boeheim's Army (Syracuse Alumni) in the The Basketball Tournament last year
Chris McCullough (6'10''-F-1995, played in 2014-15) played for Kings in Taiwanese PLeague+ last year
John Gillon (6'0''-PG-1994, played in 2016-17) played for Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwanese T1 League last year
James Southerland (6'8''-F-1990, played in 2009-13) plays for G League Ignite in the NBA G League
Buddy Boeheim (6'6''-G-1999, played in 2018-22) plays for Motor City Cruise in the NBA G League
Donte Greene (6'11''-C-1988, played in 2007-08) played for Killers 3s in the Big3 last year
Rick Jackson (6'9''-F-1989, played in 2007-11) played for Neumann Goretti Saints in the The Basketball Tournament last year

Bracketology 2023 Jan 23 (RX; HM)

Bracketology 2023 Jan 23

Time for another look at updated bracketology - from Andy Katz,

source: 2023 March Madness men's bracket predictions 50 days from Selection Sunday, by Andy Katz

2023 March Madness - Andy Katz's men's bracket predictions
SouthernSE Missouri St
8IowaNew MexicoNC StateSan Diego St
9MissouriClemsonBoise StateWisconsin
5AuburnMiami (FL)BaylorMichigan St
12Kent StateMarshallPenn State
13Oral RobertsUC Santa Barb.SeattleLiberty
6Saint Mary'sIndianaProvidenceRutgers
/Ohio State

MBB: What's Wrong with the Hokies? (RX; HM)

MBB: What's Wrong with the Hokies?

The Virginia Tech Hokies Men's Basketball team started out the season 11-1, with wins over Penn State, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Dayton. Then they traveled to Chestnull Hill, MA to play the Boston College Eagles, and the wheels fell off. Not only did the Hokies lose to the Eagles in overtime (final score: 65-70), but they also lost the heart and soul of the team, guard Hunter Cattoor. Coming as it did on the heels of the injury to true freshman shooting guard Rodney Rice, the injury to Cattor left Virginia Tech extremely thin on the perimeter.

Last season, the Hokies shot .392 from three point range; so far this season, Virginia Tech players are averaging .340 from the arc. That difference - 39 ppg from 3 last year, just 34 ppg this year - has made a big difference in the win/loss record.

Active AP Poll Streaks, January 2023 (RX; HM)

Active AP Poll Streaks, January 2023

I love this tweet!
Only teams without a natty during their streak

Oklahoma State
Notre Dame
— CFB Home (@CFBHome) January 20, 2023


Florida State and Miami both had their streaks snapped, otherwise they'd be on this list (probably Virginia Tech as well).

Most of you can't remember a time when Ohio State went unranked a whole season.

Every team on that list won a national championship in football during their streak except for Wisconsin, Oregon, Oklahoma State, and Notre Dame. However, Oregon and Notre Dame at least played in a title game.

MBB: Miami at Duke 2023 Jan 21 (RX; HM)

MBB: Miami at Duke 2023 Jan 21

I don't do highlights for regular season basketball games very often (there are just too many of them), but this game was one of those instant classics...

Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, NC




Snow covered evergreens at the entrance to Beaver Lake Nature Center. David Lassman |

Sportsman’s Expo, B’ville’s Big Chill, Chris Young: 11 things to do this week in CNY (PS; $; Croyle)

Although he has been slow to make an impactful visit to this portion of Upstate New York yet, “Old Man Winter” has got to make an appearance sooner or later. This would be a great week. Baldwinsville will be hosting its “Big Chill” with brave folks plunging into the Seneca River, and Beaver Lake is having an event for youngsters where they can discover nature’s beauty. Of course, if you are not a fan of the winter chill you can stay in and enjoy the warmth at the Sportsman’s Expo at the New York State Fairgrounds, Chris Young at the Turning Stone, a production of “Kinky Boots,” music by Symphoria, and more.


Orange vs. Tar Heels

The Syracuse University Men’s Basketball team hosts ACC blue blood North Carolina on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at the JMA Wireless Dome. The Tar Heels have won the NCAA championship six times. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster starting at $32.

Where: 900 Irving Avenue, Syracuse
When: Tuesday at 9 p.m.
How much: Tickets start at $32 plus fees


Winter Seed Sowing

Gardening in Syracuse during the winter? It sounds crazy but this event at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo will get you started. Organized by Cornell Cooperative Extension Gardeners and SUNY ESF, you are invited to stop by the zoo’s Education classroom between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Wednesday and start your own winter seed sowing jug. They will have all the materials you will need to plant vegetables or perennial flowers. Sow your seeds and take them home to grow. The event is free with zoo admission.

Where: 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse
When: Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
How much: Free with zoo admission.

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