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- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to Mason Jar Day!
National Mason Jar Day—created by Misty Campbell-Olbert, the founder of Unboxing the Bizarre—celebrates the jar used for canning and countless other purposes, and takes place on the anniversary of the day John Landis Mason patented it in 1858. It seems that the importance of the patent and its date was known early on, as Mason jars were embossed with that information well into the 20th century.
Prior to the invention of the Mason jar, and even after its invention to some extent, glass jars were often sealed with wax—a type of sealant that was many times faulty. The Mason jar was an improvement because of the airtight function of its screw-on-lid. These lids consist of a metal band or ring, which holds down a tin-plated steel disc. A rubber gasket also helps with the sealing process. After jars are filled with food, they are sterilized in boiling water or by steam, and as they cool, a vacuum is created, sealing the jar. The effectiveness of the Mason jar helped to revolutionize home canning.
Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast: What we learned about the Orange in November (PS; $; podcast; Waters)
Syracuse is just seven games into the 2023-24 college basketball season, but a lot has already happened with the Orange.
Syracuse went 1-2 with losses to a pair of nationally-ranked opponents at the Maui Invitational. The Orange returned to the mainland and notched a convincing victory over LSU in the ACC/SEC Challenge. And the ACC opener at Virginia is just days away.
That’s a lot to take in, but it gave Syracuse.com reporters Donna Ditota and Mike Waters a lot to talk about in the latest edition of the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast.
Ditota, who covered SU’s games in Hawaii, said one of the main differences between losses to Tennessee and Gonzaga in Hawaii and Tuesday’s 80-57 win over LSU was the way Syracuse played defense.
“Offense is only going to take you so far in these games,’' Ditota said. “You have to be able to guard teams.’'
Ditota also pointed to two other major differences in the Orange’s performance versus LSU ― 3-point shooting and rebounding.
“They made shots,’' she said. “They hit some threes that broke the game open.’'
Waters said he’s looking forward to seeing how Syracuse can fare against Virginia and its vaunted pack-line defense. In particular, can SU guard Judah Mintz get into the lane and draw fouls like he did against LSU when he scored 33 points, including 13 on free throws.
Listen to their entire conversation at the links provided at the beginning and end of this story.
Syracuse's Maliq Brown is in a new role this year, getting consistent minutes in a different position. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia) AP
SU's game at Virginia offers a homecoming for Brown, who is in a new role this season (PS; $; Waters)
Last season, Maliq Brown enjoyed for a homecoming of sorts when the Syracuse Orange played at Virginia on Jan. 7, 2023.
Brown, then just a freshman, played 36 minutes off the bench in front of at least 40 friends and family members. He finished the game with 10 points and eight rebounds in a 73-66 loss to the Cavaliers.
“Everywhere I looked in the stands, I saw someone I knew,’' Brown said.
A year later, as Syracuse prepares to visit Virginia on Saturday, the Culpeper, Va., native who attended high school just 30 minutes from the UVa campus in Charlottesville, is set to return home again; a year older and in a much different role than the one he filled for the Orange last season.
Brown has shifted from power forward to center. At 6-feet, 8-inches, Brown was a prototypical power forward. He’s often vastly undersized at center, but his quickness and athleticism fit the way new SU coach Adrian Autry wants to play defensively.
Brown said adding 10 pounds of muscle to his frame in the off-season has helped him adjust to the new position.
“My matchups are against bigger, taller guys,’' he said. “In the off-season and pre-season, I was in the weight-room, knowing that I was going to get more playing time at the four and the five, so I was prepared to play the five. I feel like I’m prepared for the five.’’
Playing slightly out of position seems a better option than not playing.
“Anywhere they want to put me on the court,’' Brown said, “as long as I’m on the court.’’
Last year, Brown’s minutes varied dramatically from game to game. He played 27 minutes in a game against Pittsburgh and then got just five minutes in SU’s next game against Boston College. After seven consecutive starts late in the season, he returned to the bench and saw just 16 minutes in a loss at Clemson.
In SU’s regular season finale, Brown had eight points and nine rebounds in 32 minutes in a win over Wake Forest. Four days later, Brown played only four minutes in SU’s loss to Wake Forest in the ACC tournament.
This year, Brown has settled into a platoon with starting center Naheem McLeod. In seven games this season, Brown has played at least 15 minutes, but no more than 24.
“I know I’m coming off the bench, but I know I’m going to play consistently,’' Brown said. “I know at the beginning of the game, I have to be focused so when I come onto the court, I’m aware of everything.’’
Despite splitting time with McLeod, Brown is still averaging 7.0 points and 4.4 rebounds in 19.3 minutes per game. His 18 steals lead the team. He’s got three more steals than Judah Mintz, who led the ACC in that category last season.
In SU’s 80-57 win over LSU on Tuesday, Brown guarded LSU’s 7-foot center Will Baker, who entered the game averaging 16.3 points. Baker scored just three points, while Brown finished with seven points, nine rebounds and two steals.
“Maliq Brown doing Maliq Brown things,’’ Autry said of Brown’s game.
Does SU's win over Chaminade count on its NCAA resume? (Mike’s Mailbox) (PS; $; Waters)
Syracuse fans have been flooding The Mailbox with questions over the past week.
The questions have been a result of the Orange’s rough trip to Hawaii; where Syracuse went 1-2 in the Maui Invitational, and a big win over LSU upon returning home to the Dome.
Let’s start off with an interesting question regarding Syracuse’s game against the Division II school that hosts the Maui Invitational and follow-up that up with some history-making stuff from the LSU game.
(If you have a question; follow-up or otherwise, for the Mailbox, email it to email@example.com).
Q: Does Syracuse’s win over Chaminade count as a win for the NCAA Selection Committee come March?
Mike: This is a good question and it would also apply to Kansas and UCLA as they also played Chaminade, the Division II host of the Maui Invitational.
The NCAA’s Selection Committee does not consider games against non-Division I teams. The committee members can view the results of those games as a point of reference but win or lose, the non-DI games are not part of the NET calculation, nor are they sorted in one of the quadrants.
In other words, it does not count as a Quadrant 4 win.
From a statistics standpoint, the game counts. In terms of Adrian Autry’s career wins total, the game counts. But from an NCAA selection standpoint, it’s not included in the calculations.
Q: When is the last time a Syracuse guard dropped 33 points in a game?
Mike: Judah Mintz scored a career-high 33 points in Syracuse’s win over LSU on Tuesday night. It was the most points for a Syracuse player in a regulation game in three years.
Elijah Hughes scored 33 points in a game against Georgia Tech in the 2020-21 season. However, Hughes was technically a small forward at Syracuse.
To find the last guard to score as many as 33 points in a game, you have to go back to the 2017-18 season.
Tyus Battle scored 34 points in a 78-70 win over Wake Forest on Feb. 11, 2018.
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Beat writers split on whether Syracuse can end its losing streak against Virginia (DO; Staff)
Following Syracuse’s 80-57 win over LSU in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge, head coach Adrian Autry claimed it was the team’s “best team victory we’ve had so far this year.”
The Orange dished out 16 assists and canned 25 field goals. They shot a blistering, season-high 52.4% from 3. Star point guard Judah Mintz notched a career-best 33 points while forward Chris Bell tacked on another 20. Defensively, SU’s big men Naheem McLeod and Maliq Brown held LSU’s leading scorer, Will Baker, to three points.
But Syracuse’s next challenge is its first conference game — an away showdown against Virginia. Previously ranked in the preseason, the Cavaliers suffered a surprise 65-41 loss to Wisconsin on Nov. 20 but have registered impressive wins over No. 14 Texas A&M, Florida and West Virginia.
Here’s what our beat writers believe will happen when Syracuse (5-2, 0-0 ACC) visits Virginia (6-1, 0-0 ACC) Saturday:
Cole Bambini (7-0)
Snapping the streak
Syracuse 63, Virginia 59
Virginia has dominated this matchup in recent years, winning five consecutive games against the Orange dating back to 2019-20. But aside from an 81-58 blowout loss to the Cavaliers in January 2021, Syracuse has only lost to UVA by seven or less points during the streak.
I think this is the year Syracuse will snap the streak. It’ll need another strong performance by Mintz and decent performances from Bell and Justin Taylor, who can help the Orange get buckets from beyond the arc.
Historically, UVA is a very difficult team for SU to break down. This season, the Cavaliers have only conceded 52.9 points per game, averaging 64.4 points themselves. This season, Virginia has the sixth-best adjusted defensive efficiency in the country, per KenPom. This won’t be a high scoring game, but Syracuse will need to keep it close throughout if it wants to start conference play on a high-note.
Henry O’Brien (7-0)
Pack line punch
Virginia 61, Syracuse 59
Virginia uses its famous pack line defense to stymie opponents like the Orange, forcing players like Mintz into bad shots. But that hasn’t stopped Mintz from producing, with the guard scoring 20 and 18 points in the two matchups between SU and UVA last season.
While Mintz will score at least 20 points, the rest of his teammates will be a major question mark. Last season, Joe Girard III and Bell struggled to score. This will be a familiar problem for both Bell and new guard J.J. Starling.
In Syracuse’s 23-point win over LSU, Starling didn’t make a single shot from the field. As he was finishing up an ACC All-Freshman team campaign last season, Starling didn’t score a point in 14 minutes against the Cavaliers. Expect Starling and Bell to run into a stiff defense that will cause offensive issues. A win over the Tigers should reinvigorate the offense, but Virginia will kill that momentum.
Tyler Schiff (7-0)
Finally over the hump
Syracuse 62, Virginia 55
Syracuse hasn’t beaten Virginia since the 2019-20 season. Some of those defeats have been blowouts but others were close — most notably a last-second 72-69 loss off of a Reece Beekman buzzer-beater in the 2021 ACC Tournament.
But this is a new-look, recharged SU squad. It’s one that hung around with top-15 teams Tennessee and Gonzaga in the Allstate Maui Invitational, before picking apart an LSU side. And despite the Cavaliers being a traditionally exceptional defensive program, the Orange hold the firepower and talent to re-enter the win column in this storied matchup.
Mintz and Starling might have their hands full getting past Beekman and Ryan Dunn, but Syracuse wins this contest with its prolific outside shooting and dominance down low. If Bell continues to hit perimeter jumpers, while McLeod and Brown take advantage of a lesser Cavaliers’ frontcourt now without Kadin Shedrick, expect SU to saunter out of John Paul Jones Arena with its first conference win.
https://www.si.com/college/syracuse/basketball/five-takeaways-syracuse-80-lsu-57 (SI; McAllister)
Syracuse men's basketball knocked off LSU 80-57 Tuesday night in the Dome. Here are five takeaways from the victory.
1. Most Impressive of the Season
The first half was certainly ugly in a lot of ways, but the way Syracuse played in the final few minutes of the first as well as the entire second half was the most impressive of the season. Given its performance defensively, offensively (scoring 80 points and shooting 52% from three) and on the boards, it certainly appears as if Syracuse is improving. A credit to the players and the coaches for focusing on areas of weakness in previous games. The next step is to get JJ Starling more consistent offensively.
2. Judah Mintz
Mintz set a career high with 33 points and flat out took over towards the end of the first half and the beginning of the second half. A personal 8-0 run to start the second half pushed the Orange lead to double digits and SU never looked back. Mintz was clearly the best player on the court in this one and LSU had no answer for him. When he plays like that, Syracuse can beat almost anyone.
3. Chris Bell
Judah Mintz will get all of the headlines, and he certainly deserves his accolades. However, Bell was fantastic in this game. Not only did he score 20 points including going 6-10 from three point range, but he dished out three assists and had one of his better games of the season on the defensive end with one steal and one block. He is quickly becoming one of the better shooters in the ACC.
Early in this game, it looked like it was going to be another ugly game on the boards. LSU dominated the glass through most of the first half, specifically on the offensive end. The Tigers racked up 12 offensive rebounds in the first half and outrebounded Syracuse by six overall. The second half, however, was a much different story. Whatever got into the Orange needs to continue. Syracuse outrebounded LSU 23-10 in the second half including holding the Tigers to just one offensive board.
Syracuse Basketball: Fast-rising 4-star wing sets official visit to the Orange (itlh; Adler)
London Jemison, a fast-rising national prospect in the 2025 class, is eyeing his first official visit toward the end of the year, and it will be to Syracuse basketball, according to a media report.
The 6-foot-8 Jemison, a four-star small forward, tells On3 national analyst/scout Jamie Shaw that he plans to take an official visit to the Orange on December 30, which is awesome news to hear.
The ‘Cuse, by the way, is scheduled to host fellow Atlantic Coast Conference team Pittsburgh at the JMA Wireless Dome on Saturday, Dec. 30, beginning at noon.
London Jemison Sets and Explains his First Official Visit
The top-150 forward dives into his recruitment, breaks down schools, and more.
READ the Conversation: London Jemison Talks First Official Visit; Updates Recruitment pic.twitter.com/qOFm9yGD6e
— Jamie Shaw (@JamieShaw5) November 29, 2023
The Orange coaching staff offered a scholarship to Jemison in late September. Not too long ago, he told basketball outlet Pro Insight that the ‘Cuse was among the schools in regular contact with him these days.
Syracuse basketball is expected to welcome 2025 four-star wing London Jemison on an official visit.
Jemison, a native of Bloomfield, Conn., attends the St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., which is a member of the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (“NEPSAC”). He previously played at Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn.
At the recently held National Prep Showcase in New Haven, Conn., a prestigious annual event, multiple national analysts and scouts praised Jemison for his play against high-quality competition.
Kevin Brown "The 315" 11-29-23 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Play-by-Play announcer for ESPN and the Orioles, Kevin Brown, who was on the call for the SU/LSU game last night hops on the show to gives his thoughts on Syracuse’s win last night and chat a little bit about the Orioles.
Episode 457- Syracuse Basketball/Football: LSU Postgame/Thought on Coach Brown! (player.fm; pocast; Cuse Militia)
What's up Cuse Nation?!?! Well, the basketball team looked very promising last night. True, we don't really know who LSU is but an early eye test for us nonetheless. You'll her from us and we'll hear from you in Fan Feedback! Then, we'll head to the spaces to talk about new Syracuse football coach Fran Brown!
MBB: 2023 ACC/SEC Challenge, day 2 (RX; HM)
MBB: 2023 ACC/SEC Challenge, day 2
Here are the scores from the second day of the ACC/SEC Challenge...
N. Carolina 100 ACC
Texas A&M 47
Virginia 59 ACC
Wake Forest 82 ACC
Arkansas 80 SEC
Boston College 80 ACC
Georgia 68 SEC
Florida St 66
Virginia Tech 67To review the day one scores, click here.
Auburn 74 SEC
ACC 7 SEC 7
ACC 71.6 SEC 70.7
COMMENTS:Home teams were 10-4 in this Challenge, so home court advantage was pretty big! On average, ACC teams were only about one point better than SEC teams.
People being rescued by rowboat, Thanksgiving Day, 1943. Bulldozers were brought into push the sludge, but it was very ineffective. Courtesy of the Onondaga Historical AssociationCourtesy of the Onondaga Historical Association
‘White Lava’ in Solvay? Memories of the 1943 Solvay Wastebed Disaster (PS; Searing)
Eighty years ago, in the early morning hours of November 25, 1943, Thanksgiving Day, a thunderclap disrupted the quiet holiday sunrise as the retaining wall of Allied Chemical’s Solvay Process Division’s sludge bed No. 7 burst.
The failure created a 500-foot break that unleashed a tidal wave of what the Syracuse Herald-Journal referred to as “white lava.” It flooded seven homes and covered State Fair Boulevard with a lake of gooey, chalky waste nearly eight feet deep.
All eleven members of the Vanetti family, who had gathered together at their home at 528 State Fair Blvd. for the holiday, awakened to find that they were marooned by the “marshmallow-like glacier” that had engulfed the first floor. There was no sweet potato casserole to accompany this marshmallow surprise.
Even more people were left stranded in the State Fair Hotel. Solvay police and fire firefighters were able to rescue the 52 residents of Lakeland left stranded over the next several hours, including all eleven members of the Vanetti family, by rowboat.
In all, it was estimated that 40,000 gallons of this toxic and caustic sludge covered nearly 85 acres of the fairgrounds, including the U.S. Army Depot and surrounding locales, causing millions of dollars in damage. It killed all the vegetation it came in contact with. The clean-up took the Army nearly a year.
An entirely new piping system had to be built to transport the sludge back into the reservoirs. Eventually, the beds would be moved away from the lake, so as to mitigate the chances for a repeat occurrence.