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Syracuse men's basketball outmatched in 77-55 loss to Duke (waer.org; Tomaiuolo)
Not much went right for Syracuse men's basketball (16-11, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) in its 22-point loss to Duke (19-8, 10-6 ACC). The Orange's guards struggled to defend from the perimeter, allowing the Blue Devils to shoot 50% from beyond the arc. SU's 55 points were its fewest in nearly three months when it scored 44 against Illinois on November 29.
But the game started well for Syracuse. Judah Mintz threw down two dunks in transition, and a Joe Girard III triple gave the Orange a four-point advantage seven minutes in.LISTEN: @Cuse_MBB was ran out of the gym in a 77-55 loss to @DukeMBB. The Orange have now lost eight straight contests against the Blue Devils. @iunzy_ and @Calchristo1 had the call. pic.twitter.com/WqUG9DrNdP
— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) February 19, 2023
That was all the momentum the 'Cuse would provide. Over the next 10 minutes, Duke went on a 31-8 run, totally blowing the game open. Led by Dariq Whitehead's three long balls, the Blue Devils drilled seven in that span. The visitors finished 8 for 14 from distance in the game's first 20 minutes. Mintz was the lone bright spot for Syracuse in the first half, racking up 10 points and three steals. However, Duke took a 13-point lead to the locker room.Judah turning defense into offense @Jmintz10 | ESPN pic.twitter.com/C1CZjHn6pn
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 18, 2023
"Our offense never was working, in reality. Judah made some really good individual plays, but we never got anything going as a group," head coach Jim Boeheim said.
Mintz and Girard helped get the Orange within nine, but Jeremy Roach always had an answer for the Blue Devils. The junior tallied 10 points in the second half, six of them coming from long range. Kyle Filipowski outmatched Jesse Edwards in the paint, snatching seven more rebounds in the half and finishing with his 12th double-double of the season. The freshman also did damage behind the arc and finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
...LISTEN: Duke's Kyle Filipowski showed off his range with a three-pointer to extend the Blue Devils lead. @Calchristo1 had the call.
️@waer883, https://t.co/BG0Q3sGq3P pic.twitter.com/24XqZsSEP2
— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) February 19, 2023
Syracuse basketball: Jim Boeheim explains how Orange could not handle Duke's physical play in loss (247sports.com; Marsdale)
Syracuse had no ansewr for Duke's physicality in its 77-55 home loss to the Blue Devils, and Jim Boeheim knew it. Duke (19-8, 10-6 ACC) limited Syracuse's opportunities in the paint while holding the Orange (16-11, 9-7 ACC) to 34.5% shooting and outrebounding them by 13.
“Defensively today, they just doubled and pushed," Boeheim said. "And we're just physical with Jesse [Edwards] down inside. That’s something he’s had problems with. And we need him, obviously, to be a factor on the offensive end. Judah [Mintz] and Joe [Girard] did what they could. We just got no help from the three position. We tried four different people there but we could get nothing going at that position.
"But the bottom line, Jesse has to be able to score for us to be effective. Our defense wasn’t really that bad. There were spots, we had that one bad run, and it got to 19. But then we started playing better, we got it back to nine. But we just could not score enough."
Here is the rest of what Boeheim had to say in his postgame press conference:
OPENING STATEMENT (CONT):"You’re not going to win games scoring 55 points. And again, a lot of that is Duke. They’re really good defensively. Physical. And just took our inside game completely away. We had nothing there. And really, we made some pretty good steals, we probably got 10, 12 points off steals. We probably really scored 45 points in our offense. The rest were, made some good steals defensively. But we just have to be able to score inside to be able to be in this game. And we couldn’t. But again, a lot of that is their defenses was very good.”
Axe: SU fans are already thinking about next year and Judah Mintz’s decision looms large (PS; $; Axe)
Getting Mintz, Edwards and Girard to return for another season is only the beginning. Who among SU’s young core of Chris Bell, Maliq Brown, Benny Williams and Justin Taylor will be tempted by the siren song of the transfer portal?
Syracuse will have to inevitably dip into the portal itself for a player or two to mix with whomever comes in recruiting, if they come at all (as of this writing Syracuse does not have a Class of 2023 commitment).
You can understand the intrigue of what Syracuse could do next season if enough talent comes back even though the forward position has lacked consistent production.
“I think this team’s gotten better,’’ Boeheim said on Saturday following SU’s 77-55 loss to Duke. “I think they’ve improved tremendously. Judah’s played as well as you could ask a point guard to play. I think he’s played great, especially the last 5-6 games. I think Joe is playing good. We just haven’t developed at the forward position where we have two freshmen. We need for them to get better. We need Jesse.’
It all hinges on Mintz.
If he doesn’t decide to return, it would feel like SU left a puzzle incomplete in not seeing one of its most talented point guards in years round out his game in an Orange uniform.
If he does come back, Mintz could lead Syracuse a long way.
Then of course there’s the elephant in the room of whether Boeheim will return for a 48th season as head coach.
I’ll spare you that discussion in this particular column, but is certainly one to be continued soon.
“I don’t know what anybody is going to do and I’m not even going to speculate about it because, really, you just don’t know,” Boeheim said.
While the intrigue of next season has already started stewing, what happens then could still be influenced by how this season ends.
Syracuse basketball recruit William Patterson visits against the Duke Blue Devils at the JMA Wireless Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday February 18, 2023. Scott Schild | email@example.com Scott Schild | firstname.lastname@example.org
Class of 2023 center William Patterson will announce college decision on Monday (PS; $; Waters)
William Patterson, a 7-foot-2 center in the 2023 recruiting class, will announce his college decision on Monday, according to a post on his Instagram page.
Patterson, a native of Brooklyn, attended Syracuse’s game against Duke on Saturday at the JMA Wireless Dome along with his uncle and his AAU coach. Patterson currently attends Bishop Walsh High School in Cumberland, Md. His post on social media indicated he would make the announcement at 2 p.m. on Monday.
Patterson holds scholarship offers from TCU, Oklahoma State and Rutgers in addition to Syracuse. He received his offer from Syracuse after playing well at SU’s Elite Camp last August.
Syracuse has yet to receive a commitment from a player in the 2023 class. The Orange is considered to be a strong contender for Marcus Adams Jr., a 6-foot-8 forward from Harbor City, Calif., who took an official visit to Syracuse in late January.
So What Did We See In Syracuse? (DBR; King)
What we saw Saturday in Duke’s imposing win over Syracuse was something we probably won't see again any time soon: a young head coach who has brought a very young team along, in spite of injuries and inconsistency, to where it is now a formidable opponent for just about anyone.
We are seeing coach and team both grow into their potential at the same time. How wonderful is that?
This group of oh-so-young Devils has played young for most of the season. On Saturday, they did not play young.
They played with confidence, if not swagger. They neutralized the home crowd. They hit perimeter shots to neutralize Jim Boeheim’s famous 2-3 zone. And they defended very well, neutralizing the Orange offense.
Now, instead of a tentative young center that many thought was overrated, we see Derrick Lively beginning to dominate inside. He’s become an intimidating presence, able to block shots and also to alter others. He’s improved dramatically - and quickly.
So has Tyrese Proctor, who Dickie V himself reminded us Saturday should still be in high school. He is now playing with a very positive arrogance, which is not the same thing as a negative arrogance, which nobody wants.
Syracuse offense stalls against defensive-minded Duke (TNIAAM; Szuba)
The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team ran into a bulwark on Saturday as Duke’s defense limited the Orange to 55 points, a low for the team in conference play. The lowest point total on the season was a 44 point effort in a drubbing at Illinois in the early season.
It was a tough row to hoe as Syracuse shot just 19-55 (34.5%) from the floor and had just seven assists on those 19 made baskets. The No. 30 team in KenPom defensive efficiency limited Syracuse’s front-court in particular by doubling Jesse Edwards down low.
“I thought Duke was really good defensively today. They just doubled and pushed and were physical with Jesse down inside. That’s something he’s had problems with and we need him obviously to be a factor on the offensive end,” Said Jim Boeheim.
Syracuse’s star center was held to his second lowest point total of the season with five points on 2-3 shooting. Edwards has only taken three shots or less once in the last two seasons — the 11-minute outing at Boston College last year when he fractured his wrist. Edwards simply wasn’t able to get shots against Duke’s doubles.
“They doubled on the dribble. I would dribble once or twice and they would come over, usually with the low man,” Edwards said. “But then they did a good job not leaving too many open shooters for me to pass to.
“Looking back at it I probably should’ve had it get out of my hands earlier.”
Gallery: SU-Duke matchup brings largest crowd of the season to the JMA Wireless Dome (DO; photo gallery; Steinberger)
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Syracuse mascot Otto the Orange dances to music from the Sour Sitrus Society Pep Band. The ensemble created its loudest sound of the season by allowing additional members not assigned to the game to perform.
Syracuse basketball officially enters mix for 4-star PG on nation’s top team (itlh; Adler)
Some national analysts and recruiting services had indicated that Syracuse basketball coaches were showing interest in 2024 four-star point guard Curtis Givens III from Memphis, Tenn.
And now that interest has resulted in a formal scholarship offer by the Orange coaching staff to the 6-foot-3 Givens, he recently revealed on Twitter.
I’m super pumped to see the ‘Cuse offer him. Givens is a consensus four-star, top-100 national prospect in the junior cycle. His offer sheet has grown to nearly 20 suitors.
Blessed to receive an offer from Syracuse University pic.twitter.com/sOTwUpPbwU
— Curtis Givens III (@lilcurtis_3) February 17, 2023
Per recruiting Web sites, besides Syracuse basketball, Givens’ offer sheet also includes Memphis, Ole Miss, LSU, Illinois, Tennessee, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Georgetown, St. John’s, Mississippi State, Missouri, Texas A&M, Wake Forest and Xavier.
Syracuse basketball has offered a scholarship to 2024 four-star PG Curtis Givens III.Previously, Givens was a standout for the Memphis University School, but in the current 2022-23 season, he is competing for the loaded Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla.
The Eagles, at present, are 23-2 and ranked No. 1 across the country, according to ESPN, MaxPreps and other high-school hoops experts.
In late March to early April down in the Sunshine State, the eight-team GEICO Nationals will crown a national champion in the present term. Analysts project that the Montverde Academy will likely be the top seed in the 2023 GEICO Nationals.
Syracuse Basketball: 5-star Canadian target, in top 10, ‘top-drawer athlete’ (itlh; Adler)
As a member of the 2025 class, ultra-talented Canadian wing Efeosa Oliogu likely has a way to go in his recruiting process, although he’s already amassed nearly 20 scholarship offers from a range of high-major programs, including Syracuse basketball.
The Orange coaching staff officially got into the fray for the 6-foot-6 guard/forward last August, when the ‘Cuse offered him while Oliogu competed in the team’s annual Elite Camp.
Per his Twitter page, one of his more recent offers arrived from Big Ten Conference member Maryland. But the Orange and the Terrapins are just the tip of the iceberg for Oliogu, who is rated four or five stars depending on the recruiting service.
His offer sheet also includes teams such as Alabama, Oregon, Providence, TCU, Rutgers, UCF, Seton Hall, DePaul, Washington State, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Siena, among others.
Analysts and scouts rave about the athleticism of Syracuse basketball recruit Efeosa Oliogu.Oliogu is a sophomore at the United Scholastic Academy in Toronto. In the most recent AAU circuit, he ran with the Toronto-based Canada Elite in the Under Armour Association league.
Not all of the primary recruiting services have included Oliogu in their 2025 rankings, and a reason why is that not all recruiting Web sites include Canadian prospects in their ratings. Personally, I think that’s lame, but it is what it is.
In any event, within the 2025 cycle, let’s examine where Oliogu resides.
At this juncture, On3 is the most bullish on him, placing Oliogu at No. 6 overall, No. 3 at small forward and No. 1 in Ontario. Next Up Recruits rates him at No. 28 overall.
Over at 247Sports, Oliogu is No. 40 overall, No. 9 at small forward and No. 1 in Ontario.
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Syracuse Gets Demolished By Duke In Front Of 31,000+
ACC Roundup- Is Louisville Coming To Life? (DBR; King)
In Saturday’s ACC Action, Notre Dame fell to Virginia, 57-55, Miami knocked off Wake Forest 96-87, BC took Florida State 75-69, Georgia Tech took out a stubborn Florida Tech 79-56, Virginia Tech upset Pitt 79-72 and Louisville...well, let’s talk about Louisville.
There’s no doubt that the Cards have had a tough year, but the last three games? Louisville took Miami to the last few minutes, nearly upset Virginia and Saturday beat Clemson by 10.
There are a couple of things to mention about Louisville here: first, and unambiguously now, Kenny Payne has not lost his team as it once seemed he might. In fact, ignore the record and focus on the sharp improvement. It speaks very well of Payne as a leader. What we’re seeing from his team in the stretch run of the ACC season is as impressive as anything else that’s happened this year.
Clemson on the other hand is really skidding fast. The Tigers have lost four of the last five and of those four, only Miami is a top-flight ACC team. You have to give Brad Brownell and the Tigers credit for overcoming a number of injuries - PJ Hall, Brevin Galloway and Chase Hunter all had serious injuries while Alex Hemenway has been dealing with plantar fasciitis since December.
Seen in that light, Clemson has had a solid year, but the committee doesn’t care and this loss hurts.
Like Louisville, Notre Dame seems to have emulated the Tin Man and found its heart. After nearly coming back at Duke, the Irish almost pulled off another comeback at Charlottesville. Notre Dame got the last shot, a three to win, but Dane Goodwin missed at the buzzer and instead of winning by one, Notre Dame lost by two. Like Louisville, the Irish have toughened up lately.
MBB: Countdown to Selection Sunday (RX;HM)
MBB: Countdown to Selection Sunday
Just 3 weeks to go...
From ESPN Bracketology,
ACC Teams "IN" the Tournament (as of 2/17)
- NC State (8 seed, South)
- Miami (4 seed, South)
- UNC (11 seed, South, play-in*)
- Pitt (9 seed, West)
- Clemson (11 seed, West, play-in*)
- (No ACC team in the Mid-West)
- Duke (9 seed, East
- Virginia (3 seed, East)
Top 5 Conference Breakdown
- Big Ten 9
- Big 12 8
- ACC 7
- SEC 7
- Big East 5
* "ON THE BUBBLE"NOTE: Clemson and North Carolina both lost this weekend, putting them both in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament altogether...
LAST FOUR BYES
- Boise St.
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
MBB: Top 16 Revealed 2023 Feb 18th (RX; HM)
MBB: Top 16 Revealed 2023 Feb 18th
From NCAA.com: Division I Men's Basketball Committee reveals Top 16 seeds three weeks before Selection Sunday
“This is a fun process that gets people talking about March Madness, which is right around the corner,” said [Chris Reynolds, VP for intercollegiate athletics at Bradley University and chairman of the DI Men’s Basketball Committee]. “But a lot can change, with literally hundreds of games left in the regular season. The only thing that’s guaranteed is it’s going to be a fun tournament because that’s the case every year.”
Here are the regions, with overall seeding on the left and region seed on the right:
SOUTH REGION (LOUISVILLE)
1. Alabama (1)
7. Baylor (2)
10. Virginia (3)
13. Indiana (4)
MIDWEST REGION (KANSAS CITY)
2. Houston (1)
5. Texas (2)
9. Tennessee (3)
16. Xavier (4)
WEST REGION (LAS VEGAS)
4. Kansas (1)
6. Arizona (2)
12. Kansas St. (3)
15. Gonzaga (4)
EAST REGION (NEW YORK CITY)
3. Purdue (1)
8. UCLA (2)
11. Iowa St. (3)
14. Marquette (4)
Only one ACC team made this Top 16 - Virginia, a 3-seed in the South Region.
Erik Stevenson: Nobody in ACC 'Could Play' in Big 12 (heartlandcollegesports.com; Tillery)
The Big 12 is the most competitive basketball conference in the nation which leaves many fans to speculate about how other teams would fair in the Big 12.
West Virginia guard Erik Stevenson, a seasoned veteran who has spent five seasons playing in the AAC, the Pac-12, and now the Big 12 Conference had some words about a conference in close proximity to his current school, saying this about the ACC.
“Nobody in that league could play in [the Big 12].”
Erik Stevenson thinks West Virginia would be leading the ACC if they were in that conference:
“There’s nobody in that league that could play in [the Big 12].”
— Ethan Bock (@ethanbock_) February 17, 2023
Stevenson and the Mountaineers have had a turbulent season which has had seen highlights like upsetting 11th-ranked Iowa State and 14th-ranked TCU, and lowlights like losing to fifth-ranked Texas by 34 points.
While many look at these scores and wonder how unpredictable each team in the conference may be, it speaks to the volume of competition among Big 12 teams. Stevenson has spent plenty of time in the AAC with Wichita State, and in the Pac-12 with Washington.
Pitt’s surprising first-place ACC run fueled by disrespect (wnct.com; Graves)
The anger is still tangible to Greg Elliott and the rest of the Pittsburgh Panthers. Accessible, too.
A couple of swipes on Elliott’s phone takes him back to the preseason poll that picked Pitt to finish 14th in the 15-team Atlantic Coast Conference. Four months, 19 wins and one surprising sprint to the top of the ACC later, it still makes the guard shake his head.
“I think our whole team, put together, felt disrespected,” the Marquette transfer said. “Everyone felt like they had a chip on their shoulder and had something to prove.”
The edge has not dulled even with Pitt (19-7, 12-3 ACC) inching toward its first NCAA tournament berth since 2016 — maybe because the slights continue to pile up.
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim claimed earlier this month the Panthers were among the teams that “bought” players to help turn their programs around, a comment the Hall of Famer quickly walked back.
And Pitt is still waiting to return to the AP Top 25 poll, nibbling at the fringe recently but struggling to impress voters despite a resume that includes a sweep of North Carolina and home upsets over Virginia and Miami that restored some of the swagger to the Petersen Events Center.
Jeff Capel Previews Virginia Tech, Addresses Calls of ACC Having ‘Down Year’ (pittsburghsportsnow; Bechtold)
Pitt basketball looks to maintain its spot atop the ACC standings Saturday facing Virginia Tech on the road. The Panthers (19-7, 12-3 ACC) are currently 3.5-point underdogs against a Hokies team with a 5-10 conference record.
Head coach Jeff Capel spoke about the environment and atmosphere at Virginia Tech playing inside Cassell Coliseum. Slotted in 12th place, Virginia Tech is 1-8 on the road but 11-3 at home.
“It’s very difficult,” Capel said. “It’s a great environment. They have a great fan base. It gets loud. It helps that they’re good. They feed off of each other.”
Capel stressed communication and constantly talking to one another will help to alleviate misplays. He said the players watch a lot of games together on their own and study opponents, providing his own trust as he continues to get to know them.
“I trust these guys. I think there is a maturity about them,” Capel said. “There may be times in a game in a timeout where they may say ‘why don’t we do this defense or coach can we just switch this or play this a different way? I trust them with that. I may not agree with them all the time and may not do it, but I welcome their input.”
He mentioned the play of forward Justyn Mutts, playing in his fifth collegiate season, for being a solid scorer who can also pass the ball well. Mutts averages 13.4 points per game and leads the Hokies in rebounds (7.4) and assists (4.9) while placing second in the ACC in steals (1.7). The Wright State transfer is averaging a team-high 16.5 points this season after spending the previous four as a Raider.
“They’re older, they have a good core group of guys back,” Capel said. “They’re really good offensively. They have experience. They’re well-coached. It’s a tough environment to play in down there.”
VT head coach Mike Young lost at Georgia Tech, 77-70, on Wednesday to a team behind them in the standings. Virginia Tech averages 74.5 points per contest while shooting the second-best in the ACC from the floor at 47.2%.
“I think one of the things that makes them so good is that they get into a really good rhythm,” Capel said. “The ball has energy. It’s difficult because of their spacing, their ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot the basketball.”
Pitt once again fell short of being ranked in the AP Poll Top 25, receiving 82 votes to sit No. 29 overall behind Virginia (No. 7, 1,212 points), Miami (No. 15, 693 points), and NC State (No. 23, 140 points). No other ACC team received a vote as the league continues to be described as having a ‘down year’ in many minds.
“I definitely think it’s unfair and not true what’s been said about our league. I think our league is really good,” Capel said. “Other leagues are really good, some of them may only have 10 teams when we have 15. We have a team that’s in the top 10 in the country, and two other teams in the Top 25. We have a team that was preseason ranked No. 1 and spent time at No. 1. Another team that was at one point in the top 5 and another team in Virginia Tech that at one point was a top 20 team.”
He pointed to the seasons North Carolina (16-10, 8-7) and Duke (18-8, 9-6) are having as potentially a reason why the ACC is being painted in a negative regard.
“I don’t really understand why,” Capel said. “Perhaps some of it is that the two programs in our league nationally known are not in the top 25 right now.”
Under Capel, Pitt has broken the program record for most conference wins in a season – previously 11 in 2013-14 – and enters Blacksburg on a six-game winning streak. Four games remain in the regular season before the ACC Tournament begins on March 7.
Following win over UNC, NC State picks up in-state commitment (usatoday.com; Pearson)
It’s been a big weekend for NC State and Sunday was a huge day for the Wolfpack.
Just hours after NC State beat North Carolina to give the Tar Heels their fifth loss in the last six games, the Wolfpack picked up a big recruit. Four-star in-state shooting guard Paul McNeil pledged his commitment to the Wolfpack after being on a visit.
The Rockingham, North Carolina product was on a visit to NC State and saw enough to pick the Wolfpack. McNeil had a total of 12 offers including from Clemson, Florida State, Indiana, and Miami among others. But in the end, he picks NC State and it’s a big win for Kevin Keatts.
The Wolfpack are a rising program thanks to the guard play of Terquavion Smith and Jarkel Joiner. Landing a player like McNeil will help fill the void the next few years as he’s a legit scorer.
McNeil is ranked No. 32 overall, the No. 7 shooting guard and No. 4 player in the state of North Carolina in the 247Sports recruiting rankings for the 2024 class.
ACC Power Rankings: It was a very bad weekend for the league’s bubble teams (PS; $; Carlson)
Heading into last year’s NCAA tournament, the college basketball world had determined that the ACC wasn’t very good. The league landed just five teams in the event, its lowest total since expanding to 15 teams, and had just one team seeded above No. 8.
Then the league delivered a told-you-so performance, racking up 14 wins combined, more than any league. It landed a team in the national title game, another in the Final Four and a third in the Elite Eight.
The conference may have to hope for a repeat performance this year because there’s a chance things could be just as bleak this year.
When the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee provided a look over the weekend at who its top 16 seeds would be currently, Virginia was the ACC’s only representative, coming in at No. 10 overall. The league doesn’t have any team ranked among Ken Pomeroy’s Top 20 in adjusted efficiency.
None of the league’s three bubble teams did anything to boost their chances last week with Wake Forest, Clemson and North Carolina all falling short in critical games.
Here’s a look at the ACC’s best bets to salvage this season.
Record: 21-4 (13-3)
Last week’s ranking: 1
Last week’s results: Win 61-58 at Louisville; Win 57-55 vs. Notre Dame
This week’s schedule: Wednesday at Boston College; Saturday at North Carolina
Why No. 1? Virginia is the league’s most reliable team but a pair of one-possession wins against the dregs of the conference don’t inspire much faith about the Cavaliers dominating in March. Their hold on this spot is shaky.
2. MiamiRecord: 22-5 (13-4)
Last week’s ranking: 2
Last week’s results: Win 80-72 at North Carolina; Win 96-87 vs. Wake Forest
This week’s schedule: Tuesday at Virginia Tech; Saturday vs. Wake Forest
Why No. 2? The Hurricanes appear to be rounding into postseason form, delivering two convincing wins. Miami’s depth is shaky but there’s no better starting five in the ACC. A six-game winning streak is the league’s longest.
3. North Carolina StateRecord: 21-7 (11-6)
The Angry Smokehouse in Baldwinsville. (Charlie Miller | email@example.com)
After a ‘painful’ year of preparation, the highly anticipated Angry Smokehouse is finally opening (PS; Miller)
Within a few hours of buying the building once known as Lock 24, Jeff Rogers got busy resuscitating this old steak and seafood restaurant along the Seneca River.
He started by ripping out the mushy green carpet on that day last March. Then came the bar that had dominated the center of the dining room. Then the bathrooms.
“Oh, the bathrooms. Everything was rotted. It was disgusting,” Rogers said Thursday afternoon while standing in the new kitchen at 33 Water St. “It was painful; one delay after another. But now it’s done. Let’s go.”
This building with a mini-lighthouse on its roof is now the Angry Smokehouse, and after nearly a year of renovating, it’s finally opening Tuesday morning.
Rogers also owns Angry Garlic, a popular restaurant on Oswego Street in Baldwinsville. He had hoped to open the Smokehouse last June, but like most new restaurants that have opened since the Covid pandemic, supplies and building materials were slow to arrive.
The three custom-made smokers are fired up, his kitchen and dining room staffs are trained, and he’s putting the final touches on recipes he developed over the years. He spent much of last summer visiting barbecue restaurants throughout the South and Midwest, learning from established pitmasters.
The southern-style barbecue restaurant will be open at 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday starting next week. The bar will stay open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and midnight the other nights. Rogers will soon be bringing live music to the Smokehouse on weekends and eventually for a Sunday morning blues brunch.
The menu features smoked ribs, chicken, brisket, pulled pork, hot sausage and even cauliflower steak.
“And it’s all made and smoked here,” Rogers said. “I learned from the best. I think people will love this.”
Shake Shack to open first Upstate NY location outside of Thruway (PS; Herbert)
Shake Shack is expanding in Upstate New York beyond the Thruway.
The Democrat & Chronicle reports the burger-and-shake restaurant chain has been issued a special use permit for a new location near Rochester. It would replace a vacant Denny’s at 245 Clay Road in the Town of Henrietta.
It could be the first Shake Shack location in New York state outside of New York City and not on the New York State Thruway, depending on its construction timeline and the company’s potential plans for other locations. (Shake Shack is also available on the grounds of the Saratoga Race Course, but only to patrons during the summer horse racing season.)
The NYS Thruway Authority announced in 2021 it would add four Shake Shack locations to its rest stops on I-90 in Angola, between Exits 57A (Eden-Angola) and 58 (Silver Creek-Irving); in Clifton Springs, between Exit 43 (Manchester) and Exit 42 (Geneva); in Junius Ponds, between Exit 41 (Waterloo) and Exit 42 (Geneva); and on I-87 in New Baltimore, between Exit 21B (Coxsackie) & Exit 21A (Berkshire Section/to Massachusetts Turnpike). Junius Ponds was the first Shake Shack to open on the Thruway in October 2022; the Clifton Springs and New Baltimore locations are expected to open this year.
According to WHAM, plans for the Shake Shack location in Henrietta include sit down and take out meal service, outdoor seating, and a drive-thru. The restaurant would be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The D&C reports the application did not seek approval for serving alcohol, though some Shake Shack locations serve beer and wine.
A start date and opening date have not been announced.
Shake Shack first opened in 2001 in New York City and has since grown to more than 400 locations worldwide. The chain’s menu includes burgers, milkshakes, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, lemonade and iced tea.