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Aug 15, 2011
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Opponent preview: What to know about No. 7 Virginia in its 2nd matchup with SU (DO; Alandt)

After letting up a possible win to North Carolina, Syracuse stumbled out of the gates at Virginia Tech and never recovered. Now, the Orange are on a two-game losing streak for the first time since late November when they dropped three-straight games to St. John’s, Bryant and Illinois.

At times after wins over teams like Virginia Tech and Notre Dame, SU looked to be a bubble NCAA Tournament team, but now sits at 13-9. With the glaring nonconference losses and close calls throughout the season becoming more and more omnipresent, Syracuse is running out of time to build its NCAA Tournament resume. Next up, the Orange take on Virginia at home, a team that SU hung close with on Jan. 7 but ultimately improved to 3-2 in conference play.

After the game, head coach Jim Boeheim said the Cavaliers were “too much.” Before their second matchup of the season, here’s everything you need to know about Virginia.

All time series

Virginia leads 12-6.

Last time they played

Syracuse is bookending the month of January with games against the premiere team in the ACC. The Orange traveled down to Virginia on Jan. 7 after narrowly taking down Boston College and Louisville. After giving up a lead to Pittsburgh, it was going to be a test of whether or not the young Syracuse team could hang with the upper echelon of the conference. It faltered down the stretch and proved that it wasn’t ready to do so. The Orange went into the halftime break down by nine points, but within striking distance of a team that was beginning to warm up from beyond the arc against the 2-3 zone.

Then, Virginia jumped out to a 12-0 run to begin the first half and effectively thwarted Syracuse’s chances of coming back and upsetting the then-No. 11 team in the country. Though Joe Girard III totalled a game-high 19 points and Mintz (18), Maliq Brown (10 points and eight rebounds) and Jesse Edwards (10 rebounds) provided a solid effort, the Orange fell behind by as many as 23 points. A late-game run and actually out-scoring the Cavaliers in the second half wasn’t enough to dig the Orange out of their hole.

Close losses since then-No. 17 Miami and North Carolina have continued to show that this iteration of Syracuse might be unable to close out big games against the top teams in the conference. This makes the loss to Virginia on the road more of a commonality instead of an aberration.

KenPom odds

Virginia has a 66% chance to win, with a projected score of 70-65.

The Cavaliers report

The win over Syracuse kick-started a six-game winning streak that the Cavaliers now ride entering Monday night, and they sit at 8-2 in the ACC atop the conference. Armaan Franklin just passed 1,000 career points at Virginia and the Cavaliers are rolling. They are the 20th-best team in the country in 3-point shooting, a fact that Virginia used to down the Orange earlier this month. It has five players that are firing at over a 30% clip from beyond the arc, and are shooting 38.2% on 3s as a team.

Beat writers predict No. 7 Virginia hands Syracuse its third straight loss (DO; Staff)

Syracuse has now lost back-to-back games for the first time since the end of November. Though they came against some of the top opponents in the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Orange haven’t shown that they can close out close games recently, a question that has frustrated the team and left head coach Jim Boeheim walking off of podiums. Now, the Orange will take on No. 7 Virginia for the second time this season.

Despite Joe Girard III scoring 19 points and two players grabbing 10 rebounds, the Orange looked outmatched the last time they played the Cavaliers and a 12-0 run after the halftime break sealed the win for UVA.

Ahead of their final regular season matchup of the season, here’s what our beat writers think will happen on Monday night:

Anish Vasudevan (18-4)
Virginia 77, Syracuse 68

The Cavaliers have destroyed ACC opponents recently, winning their sixth straight conference matchup against Boston College on Saturday. The closest a team has gotten to Virginia during that span was seven, which Syracuse did in Charlottesville, Virginia at the start of the month. The Orange could put up another good fight and get near that margin, but they’re still outmatched against UVA.

Virginia Tech exposed two weaknesses in Syracuse, which have been present at different times this season. The Orange can’t do much of anything offensively without Girard or Jesse Edwards leading the scoring, and the 2-3 zone is still susceptible to a strong 3-point attack. UVA shoots the ball at a rate of 38.2% from deep, which ranks 20th nationally. And it completely shut down Edwards the last time around.

So, that leaves Girard. The Orange have been shooting on par with the Cavaliers from deep, and they could respond if Girard gets hot and Justin Taylor is more involved offensively. Taylor showed he could hit some big shots in Blacksburg this past weekend, though he missed one late that could have brought SU within nine. Even if Girard and Taylor are nailing 3-pointers, this will be too tough of a defensive matchup for Syracuse, most likely resulting in a third straight defeat.

Connor Smith (19-3)
Make it 3
Virginia 75, Syracuse 63

Syracuse’s performance against Virginia Tech on Saturday was its worst since getting drubbed at Illinois in November. The Orange couldn’t defend the 3-point line in the first half despite several personnel adjustments and gave up the most points they have in a single game all season. SU has now lost three of its last four games, while the Cavaliers are playing great basketball right now and have won six in a row and eight of nine.

The Hokies were the eighth-best 3-point shooting team in the ACC. Virginia, on the other hand, is the best. The Cavaliers make over 38% of their shots from deep and they hit 12-of-26 (46.2%) when they beat Syracuse earlier this month. UVA always poses a tough matchup for Syracuse, with a top-ranked defense that forces iso-ball and limits opportunities in the paint. Edwards and Girard both struggled against Virginia Tech and Mintz by himself won’t be enough to beat a Virginia team that’s on a roll. I expect the Cavaliers to win this one without much contention and hand Syracuse its third straight loss.

Anthony Alandt (15-7)
Virginia 68, Syracuse 59

It’s weird to call this possibly the lowest point in Syracuse’s season, especially one that featured losses to Bryant and Colgate, but that last-second loss to North Carolina might have derailed the Orange’s season.

Virginia's Ryan Dunn becomes role player among talented veterans (DO; Joseph)

Ryan Dunn’s parents never wanted him to be the No. 1 player.

Despite Dunn playing important roles at basketball powerhouses along the East Coast, regardless of which collegiate program he went to, his parents wanted to make sure Dunn could develop rather than being thrown into the fire as the go-to option right away.

Dunn, a Virginia 6-foot-8 freshman guard out of Freeport, New York, started his high school career learning from Oak Hill’s Steve Smith before playing two years of varsity at Long Island Lutheran. After graduating in 2021, Dunn spent a post-graduate year at Perkiomen, a preparatory school in Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. He then had to choose from 22 Division-I offers, some of which he received as early as his freshman year.

Programs like Pittsburgh, TCU or Texas A&M could have given him a larger role from the jump, but UVA head coach Tony Bennett let Dunn and his family know that — as a freshman with a plethora of veteran talent on the Cavaliers roster — he might not log many minutes early on. Dunn was sold, and he committed to UVA.

In his first collegiate game against Monmouth in November, Dunn put up 13 points on near-perfect efficiency. He also recorded three blocks and two steals in 26 minutes, capping off an impressive debut with a fast-break tomahawk jam.

Elijah Moore Commits to Syracuse University #basketball

Syracuse Orange: Huge credit to Adam Weitsman for his many NIL efforts (itlh; Adler)

It’s a brave new world out there in major collegiate athletics – businessman and top SU booster Adam Weitsman is going all in, trying to do whatever he can to help Syracuse Orange sports thrive now and in the future.

Name, image and likeness (“NIL”) has been around for nearly two years at the college level, and lucrative NIL deals are flying around the country in football, basketball, numerous other sports, and also in the direction of high-school prospects.

Last fall, a piece came out stating that Weitsman planned to offer $1 million annually to one five-star basketball recruit and one five-star football recruit to represent his companies.

Now, Weitsman has repeatedly stressed to me that he’s playing by the rules when it comes to making NIL offers to high-school prospects (“pay-for-play” is not allowed by the NCAA).

Weitsman has been in touch with SU’s Office of Athletic Compliance to gather information about NCAA rules surrounding NIL matters, and he works with a NIL attorney to ensure he’s doing everything by the book. I’ve talked with Adam Weitsman on many, many occasions in recent months, and I have to say, I really admire the efforts that he’s making as it pertains to NIL.

Adam Weitsman is absolutely pivotal in the NIL arena for Syracuse Orange sports.

Weitsman is clearly focused on hoops these days. We’ve outlined at least five high-school prospects who hold Orange scholarship offers and have received sizable NIL offers from Weitsman. One of those targets, though, did commit to North Carolina in late December.

SU once again fails to punch up in losing to VT (Axe recap) (PS; $; Axe)

It seemed that whatever could go wrong, did go wrong for the Syracuse University men’s basketball team in a 85-70 loss to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia on Saturday night.

The Hokies proved it all night on the Orange.

Let us count the ways:

  • The 85 points scored by the Hokies were the most Syracuse allowed in a game this season.
  • Virginia Tech scored 52 points in the first half, also the most of any SU opponent this season.
  • Virginia Tech made more 3-pointers (11) than Syracuse attempted (nine) in the first half.
  • Virginia Tech crushed Syracuse on the glass, outrebounding the Orange 37-26.
  • The Orange committed 15 turnovers, giving the Hokies 24 points off the mistakes.
The best thing you can say about Syracuse’s performance at Cassell Coliseum is it didn’t give Hokie fans free bacon (per an in-stadium promotion) by missing two free throws at any point of the game.

It was another fumble for Syracuse in trying to pick up a Quadrant 1 win this season.

With the lone exception of its prior victory over the Hokies, Syracuse hasn’t pulled its weight in the games that sway its NCAA Tournament status most (Illinois, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Miami, North Carolina, Virginia Tech).

And who’s next?

No. 7 Virginia, winners of six in a row, visits the JMA Wireless Dome on Monday night.

Oh goodie.

Virginia vs Syracuse College Basketball Prediction, Game Preview (CFN; Fiutak)

Virginia vs Syracuse How To Watch

Date: Monday, January 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, NY
How To Watch: ESPN
Record: Virginia (16-3), Syracuse (13-9)

Virginia vs Syracuse Game Preview

Why Virginia Will Win

The Cavaliers are rolling, and they’re scoring.

It’s still going full Virginia and isn’t turning the ball over, it controls the clock, and overall it’s doing the little things right, but it’s also got the O working with 76 points or more in each of its last three games.

That might not seem like a ton, but it’s making everything from the field, it’s doing a great job from three, and Syracuse can’t stop any of it.


SU's Carmelo Anthony holds up his hands against Rutgers at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Jan. 29, 2003.

Reliving 2003: SU ‘robbed by bank’ at Rutgers with 16 seconds left (PS; $; Croyle)



By Mike Waters Staff writer

“On the banks of the ol’ Raritan” goes the line in the Rutgers fight song.

On Wednesday night, the Rutgers faithful were singing about a completely different bank.

Herve Lamizana’s unbelievable - and unintentional - bank shot from just outside the 3-point line gave struggling Rutgers a 68-65 Big East victory over No.24 Syracuse at the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Lamizana’s prayer came with 16 seconds remaining in the game and just three seconds on the 35-second shot clock.

Lamizana’s game-winner was the first 3-pointer the 6-foot-10 junior had attempted in Wednesday’s game. He was 10-for-28 from outside the arc for the season.

Syracuse vs. Rutgers 2003

Rutgers' Herve Lamizana takes the game winning 3-pointer as the Scarlet Knights defeated SU 68-65 at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway, New Jersey on Jan. 29, 2003.

“It was lucky,” Lamizana said, admitted that he didn’t intend on banking the shot. However, as the ball sailed toward the backboard, Lamizana had a feeling it might go. “I didn’t call glass, but I knew it was going in.” '

The shot ruined Syracuse’s lightning-like comeback from 12 points down midway through the second half. A 19-4 blitz took just 5 minutes, 30 seconds and put Syracuse ahead 56-53 with 6:11 remaining.

That the Orangemen trailed by four points with a minute left and scored twice in the span of eight seconds to tie the game also got lost in the bedlam that followed Lamizana’s 3-pointer off the glass.

“It’s tough to lose like that,” Syracuse freshman Gerry McNamara said. “I kind of wish he had just swished it.”

Most Exciting CFB: ACC (RX; HM)

Most Exciting CFB: ACC

Are you a "casual fan" who just wants to watch an exciting brand of college football? Then the ACC is the conference you want to follow...

Conf games decided by ≤ 8
ACC: 24
B1G: 23
P12: 22
SEC: 22
B12: 19

by ≤ 3
ACC: 15
SEC: 12
P12: 10
B12: 10
B1G: 8

by 21+
B12: 9
ACC: 16
P12: 16
SEC: 18
B1G: 23

4Q comebacks
ACC: 17
B12: 13
P12: 13
B1G: 11
SEC: 8

Avg pts margin
ACC: 13.4
B12: 14.2
P12: 15.6
SEC: 15.8
B1G: 17.0
— ️♈️ (@ADavidHaleJoint) January 26, 2023
More close games. More nail-biting endings.

MBB: ACC Results 2023 Jan 28th (RX; HM)

MBB: ACC Results 2023 Jan 28th

Just a quick summary...

Won games they were supposed to win:

#7 Virginia defeated Boston College 76-57
Notre Dame took care of Louisville 76-62
Duke doubled-up Georgia Tech 86-43

Games that were actually contested:

Pitt upset #20 Miami in Pittsburgh 71-68.
#24 Clemson edged Florida State in Tallahassee 82-81.
Virginia Tech got past Syracuse 85-70 in Blacksburg.

Monday night scheduled game*

#7 Virginia visits Syracuse, 7:00 pm on ESPN.
* during the ACC 2023 Football Schedule reveal on ACCN)

RIP: Billy Packer (RX; HM)

RIP: Billy Packer

ACC Commissioner Jim Phillips, Ph.D. on the passing of Billy Packer:
“Billy Packer left an indelible impact on ACC Men’s Basketball - whether it was on the court as a tremendous Wake Forest student-athlete or as a legendary analyst with Jefferson-Pilot, Raycom, NBC and CBS. Billy had an incredible passion for the ACC and college basketball, and was the television voice for a generation, including broadcasting 34 consecutive NCAA Men’s Final Fours.



Courtesy of Oskar Theriault

'Still the Same': Charlie Burg rises out of SU house show scene to play Governors Ball (DO; Alessandrini)

Last October, Charlie Burg wrapped up a concert at The Westcott Theater, a stop on his first headlining tour, and played a student-run concert venue called the Mudpit.

Attendees lined up to watch the singer-songwriter, a veteran of the Syracuse University house show scene, perform in a packed basement. Though the lineup had yet to go public, Burg already knew he’d be on the Governors Ball stage come June.

“There’s a reason Prince would play a 300-person club in New York after playing (to) thousands of people—because of his passion for music,” said Burg, 26, a graduate of SU’s Setnor School of Music. “Sometimes you just wanna play Nirvana covers and make people dance.”


Burg shares his music while engaging with his fans. COURTESY OF TROY ANTHONY

Burg will play the third day of this year’s Governors Ball, an annual three-day music festival in New York City, previously held on Randall’s Island. The 2023 festival, which has moved to Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, includes headliners Lizzo, Odesza and Kendrick Lamar.

Since graduating from SU in 2019, Burg has toured with singer-songwriter Ashe, released his first full-length album “Infinitely Tall” and completed his first headlining tour. Despite this success, he has paid a few visits back to his alma mater’s house show scene.

After the Westcott show, students working with the Mudpit drove to pick up Burg, his band and his two managers, Andrew Idarraga and Benji Sheinman, SU graduates of the Newhouse School’s Bandier Program.

As Burg’s manager, Sheinman has joined the New York City-based artist on shows at notable venues like Bowery Ballroom and Irving Plaza. But he said he never felt like more of a rockstar than watching Burg play to a basement of college-aged fans.

“It reminded me why we got into this from the start,” Sheinman said. “Being in that packed basement did more for me than most of our touring has in terms of reinvigorating what this is all about.”

When Buddy Murphy, who runs the Mudpit, saw the Governors Ball lineup announced on Jan. 17, he couldn’t believe one of the scheduled artists had played in his basement just a few months earlier.

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