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No recent Cali or Iggy awards; Mr Irrelevant
Aug 15, 2011

Welcome to Mardi Gras!

In French, Mardi means Tuesday, and gras means fat, so it makes sense that Mardi Gras is often called Fat Tuesday. It is also called Carnival or Carnaval—a name that is also used to refer to the whole period between Epiphany and Ash Wednesday—as well as various other names in different countries. It takes place on the day before Ash Wednesday—when Lent begins—although, in many places where it is widely celebrated, it is a week-long festival. Mardi Gras is held all around the world, particularly in cities with large Roman Catholic populations. Its epicenter is New Orleans, where most non-essential businesses are shut down and locals and pilgrims come together for parades, music, food, and drink. Revelers wear costumes, dress in purple, gold, and green, and wear beads they catch at parades. Large Mardi Gras festivals are also held in Brazil and Venice, and celebrations of the holiday commonly take place in Mississippi, Alabama, Canada, Germany, and Denmark.

Although Mardi Gras is a Christian holiday, it is generally believed to have roots in pagan celebrations of spring and fertility like Saturnalia and Lupercalia. (Although, some experts dispute that there are pagan roots and say it sprang up in response to the Catholic Church's stringent rules during Lent.) Upon Christianity's arrival in Rome, the religion blended with pagan traditions, and so began a time of debauchery preceding the 40 days of fasting between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. In the lead-up to Lent, Christians made sure to eat all the rich and fatty foods in their house, like lard, milk, eggs, cheese, and meat. As Christianity spread to other European countries, so did these traditions.

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Syracuse guard Judah Mintz drive against North Carolina forward Jalen Washington during a Jan. 10 game in Chapel Hill, N.C. North Carolina won the game 103-67. (N. Scott Trimble | N. Scott Trimble |

Syracuse basketball vs. North Carolina: 5 Key Things to Know (PS; $; Waters)

One month ago, the North Carolina Tar Heels handed the Syracuse Orange its worst loss in over 20 years.

In a Jan. 13 game in Chapel Hill, N.C., the Tar Heels stunned the Orange early, taking a 52-30 halftime lead and then cruising to a 103-67 victory at the Dean E. Smith Center.

On Tuesday night, Syracuse (15-9 overall, 6-7 ACC) will try to stage a major reversal as it hosts North Carolina (19-5, 11-2) at the JMA Wireless Dome.

Syracuse is coming off a 77-68 home loss to Clemson on Saturday, while the Tar Heels held off Miami 75-72 in Coral Gables, Fla.

North Carolina is one of the toughest defensive teams in the country. The Tar Heels rank 6th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to That’s not good news for a Syracuse team that has had its share of struggles on offense this season.

The Tar Heels’ sticky defense takes teams out of their normal offensive flow. North Carolina’s opponents have assisted on 40% of their made field goals this season. That ranks 10th in the country. For comparison, the nation average is 50% of all field goals coming off assists. Syracuse had eight assists on 23 made shots in the first game against the Heels.

Another disparity is the teams’ relative experience. North Carolina’s lineup features a bevy of fifth-year players and seniors. North Carolina ranks 4th in the country in D-I experience. Syracuse, which starts five sophomores, ranks 287th.

The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and will be televised on ESPN.

Here are 5 Key Things to Know about the matchup:

A weak defense

Clemson made 60.8% of its shots in its 77-68 win over Syracuse on Saturday. It was the third time in the last four games that Syracuse allowed its opponent to make at least 60% of its shots.


Since Syracuse’s 36-point loss to North Carolina, the Tar Heels have remained atop the ACC, only suffering losses to Georgia Tech and Clemson. Cassandra Roshu | Photo Editor

Opponent Preview: Everything to know about No. 7 North Carolina (DO; Schiff)

Syracuse dropped to 10th in the Atlantic Coast Conference standings following a 77-68 home loss to Clemson Saturday. Former SU guard Joseph Girard III led the Tigers with a game-high 18 points and reached 2,000 career points in his return to the JMA Wireless Dome.

Though Clemson held a 37-24 advantage at halftime, Syracuse tied the game at 60-60 with 3:37 remaining. From there, however, the visitors embarked on a 7-0 run to stave off the Orange. J.J. Starling and Chris Bell notched 16 apiece while Judah Mintz tacked on 14.

Come Tuesday, SU plays North Carolina for the second time this season. In their first meeting at the Dean Smith Center, UNC won 103-67. The Tar Heels enter off of a 75-72 away victory over Miami and currently rank as a No. 2 seed in ESPN’s Joe Lunardi’s latest bracketology update.

Here’s everything you need to know about No. 7 North Carolina (19-5, 11-2 ACC) before Tuesday’s matchup:

All-time series

North Carolina leads 17-6.

Last time they played…

Syracuse suffered a 103-67 defeat in Chapel Hill on Jan. 13, marking its worst-ever loss in the ACC. A Bell 3-pointer two minutes in put SU up 3-2 — its first, and last, lead. North Carolina embarked on a 17-4 run and eventually headed into halftime with a 52-30 cushion. It finished with a season-high 58 points in the paint.

UNC guard RJ Davis notched a game-best 22 and Armando Bacot clinched his eighth double-double of this season. Mintz led the Orange with 21 points and Quadir Copeland added 16.

KenPom odds

North Carolina has a 78% chance of winning, with a projected score of 79-71.

The Tar Heels report

North Carolina boasts one of the best rosters in college basketball. To its veteran core of Davis and Bacot — both frontrunners for the Naismith Men’s Player of the Year Award — UNC added transfers Harrison Ingram (Stanford) and Cormac Ryan (Notre Dame) while bringing in highly-touted freshman Elliot Cadeau.

The Tar Heels’ plethora of newcomers has offset the loss of star guard Caleb Love (Arizona) and deserted memories of a disappointing 2022-23 season. Currently atop the ACC rankings, North Carolina has picked up impressive victories over Tennessee, Oklahoma and Wake Forest — all part of a 10-game win streak ranging from Dec. 2023 to January.

On offense, UNC has the luxury to feed Bacot and Ingram inside for layups or close-range jumpers. Occasionally, a kick-out feed for Ryan is executed. And, if either aforementioned option is closed off, Davis thrives in isolation situations.

Displaying a free-flowing brand of basketball, North Carolina’s wealth of experience explains its seamless play. Ingram is a junior and Ryan is in his fifth year. Bacot and Davis, both upperclassmen, reached the Final Four in 2022. Cadeau is the lone first-year starter.

For a team filled with NBA-caliber stars, the Tar Heels rarely opt to play hero-ball or chuck up ill-advised shots. They share possession and stay disciplined defensively — a huge component in their conference-leading 82.5 points per game.

Beat writers split on SU’s second meeting with No. 7 North Carolina (DO; Staff)

The last time Syracuse faced North Carolina, the Orange suffered its worst Atlantic Coast Conference ever. UNC pummeled Syracuse by 36 points, shooting 48.1% from the field.

UNC quickly attacked the paint, knowing Syracuse was limited in the frontcourt. Boosted by Armando Bacot, the Tar Heels scored 16 of their first 19 points inside the paint.

“Starting right from the beginning, I thought North Carolina was the tougher team,” head coach Adrian Autry said.

Autry’s squad welcomes UNC to the JMA Wireless Dome Tuesday. Here’s what our beat writers believe will happen when Syracuse (15-9, 6-7 ACC) faces the No. 7 Tar Heels (19-5, 11-2 ACC):

Cole Bambini (20-4)
Rah Rah Carolina
North Carolina 90, Syracuse 72

We all know what happened the last time these two teams played. In its worst-ACC loss ever, Syracuse looked lethargic, and UNC breezed past the Orange. And as both teams meet again, there’s nothing restricting the Tar Heels from getting the season-sweep with another blowout victory.

North Carolina boasts the highest scoring offense in the ACC, averaging more than 82 points per game — it dropped 103 on the Orange the last time out. Syracuse, right now, can’t compete with that. It fought hard versus Clemson at home, but the lack of depth on the team is troubling.

Versus Clemson, Autry played just seven players, including Mounir Hima, who played four minutes. That won’t work versus UNC, which has plenty of depth with players like RJ Davis, Elliot Cadeau, Harrison Ingram, Bacot and more. The list of threats to Syracuse keeps coming, and though the Orange came back from 15 versus Clemson, UNC has their number in many facets, making it difficult for this game to go Syracuse’s way.

Henry O’Brien (19-5)
Not as bad as last time
North Carolina 91, Syracuse 70

Syracuse will get killed. The question is by how much. With the Orange stretched for depth and size, Bacot will have an easy time getting to the basket. When the Tar Heels don’t go to Bacot, Davis will have another excellent shooting performance.

If there’s anything to look for in this matchup, it’s to see how SU plays when it’s down. The Orange didn’t show any fight against the Tar Heels in the first go-around. Autry indirectly mentioned this loss following the Wake Forest blowout defeat. But if they can scrap for more rebounds and not take risky shots, then there can be something to hang your hat on.

This could be the case for the first half. But I think by the time we get to the 10-minute mark of the second half, many of the Dome seats will be empty and the Tar Heels will be up by over 20 points.

Tyler Schiff (19-5)
Don’t overthink it
Syracuse 85, North Carolina 83

You might recognize my tagline from Judah Mintz’s patented catchphrase — evident in many of his social media posts.

Don’t overthink the embarrassing 36-point defeat on Jan. 13, where North Carolina notched a season-best 58 points in the paint. Don’t overthink the tin frontcourt and its upcoming matchup with one of the nation’s best big men duos in Bacot and Ingram. In front of a packed JMA Wireless Dome — one that has willed Syracuse to a respectable 10-2 record — there’s a chance, albeit slim, that the Orange clinch an elusive first Quad 1 win against one of the ACC’s best.

But a near-perfect performance has to happen. No ill-advised contested pull-ups early in the shot clock. No stagnant offensive sets in the halfcourt. Maliq Brown needs solid minutes from Hima, his lone backup. Mintz and J.J. Starling need to limit the scoring output from Cadeau and Davis. The Orange are capable of reaching such outcomes so long as they lock in and stay disciplined.

It seems impossible, but if Syracuse works patiently to control the tempo, find high-quality looks, and continue its prowess in transition, expect a narrow contest at the very least.

Syracuse men’s basketball tries to get back in the win column against No. 7 North Carolina on Tuesday (; Randone)

Syracuse men’s basketball (15-9, 6-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) faces off against No. 7 North Carolina (19-5, 11-2 ACC) at 7 on Tuesday. SU, which comes off a 77-68 defeat to Clemson on Saturday, fell to UNC 103-67 earlier this season in what still qualifies as its biggest loss of the year.

"I thought today's game, from the beginning, North Carolina was the tougher team,” Orange Head Coach Adrian Autry said following the defeat to the Tar Heels on January 13. “They jumped on us and kept the pressure up. They were really good defensively.”

Since its loss to UNC, Syracuse has gone 4-4 overall, with wins over Pittsburgh, Miami, NC State, and Louisville and losses to Florida State, Boston College, Wake Forest, and Clemson. Despite his team’s recent struggles, Coach Autry believed his squad’s last loss was a winnable game.

“I think it's all us,” Autry said. “That's the most frustrating thing. This game was us, the last 4 minutes. We did what we needed to do to get back into the game and then the last 4 minutes we didn't do what we needed to do to win.”

Film Review: A look into SU’s empty possessions down the stretch in narrow loss to Clemson (DO; Schiff)

J.J. Starling’s move to free up space for his ensuing jumper was nothing spectacular — a halfhearted drive off of a Maliq Brown screen, which Clemson guard Joseph Girard III easily got around. But then a sidestep to his right and a long 2 over Girard swished through, tying the game at 60-60 with 3:37 remaining.

Syracuse head coach Adrian Autry probably wanted a less contested look, yet Starling possessed the hot hand with all 14 of his points until that point coming in the second half. So, once the SU guard drove forward amid a dwindling play clock, Autry waved off any offensive help. He could live with that shot.

What followed Starling’s heroics, however, was a return to stagnant, directionless halfcourt sets. Despite overcoming a 15-point deficit, Syracuse went scoreless for almost two minutes during Saturday’s most crucial stretch while the Tigers countered with a slew of baskets. For the Orange, smothered mid-range attempts and turnovers were committed on one end with defensive lapses on the other.

Here’s a breakdown of how SU’s self-inflicted errors coughed up a prime opportunity to clinch its first Quad 1 win of the season:

2:48 — Judah Mintz misses tough turnaround jumper, Clemson maintains 62-60 lead

Immediately after Starling knotted affairs at 60-60, Clemson sought out star forward PJ Hall on the right block. Guarded by Brown — forced to play timidly with four fouls — Hall easily spun and stepped through to give the Tigers a 62-60 lead.

As Judah Mintz crosses midcourt on the ensuing possession, SU’s coaching staff waves frantically for Starling to pop up from the right corner to receive. The thought process is logical: give Starling another opportunity against the shorter Girard.

Yet, Starling never looks comfortable. He shares a couple glances with Autry on the sideline before peeling hesitantly off of consecutive Brown screens. No headway is made, and Starling eventually passes back to Mintz.

Mintz’s pump fake doesn’t get Clemson’s Chase Hunter to bite and he opts to drive middle. SU’s point guard reaches the right elbow but stops, pivots and fades away awkwardly — an ill-advised effort. Hunter stays tight and contests the shot as Mintz misfires with 10 seconds left on the shot clock.

2:06 — Judah Mintz loses possession near left block, Clemson holds 64-60 advantage

Once Hunter cashed in on a straight-line drive, Syracuse called a timeout. But Autry’s instruction out of the huddle plays out pitifully.

Again, the instruction seems to revolve around Starling’s matchup with Girard. Quadir Copeland inbounds to Mintz, who finds Starling. Brown offers another soft screen which Starling fails to utilize. Floating around the right wing arc — allotted plenty of space to drive or pull-up — he tosses back toward Mintz.

Driving left before hesitating, then an in-and-out move, Mintz can’t create separation and feeds Copeland. The latter, positioned dangerously near the baseline, takes two dribbles and gives it right back to Mintz.

Without taking time to survey his options, Mintz recklessly crosses over left to right. Then, Mintz drives left on a pound dribble — meant to set him up for a mid-range jumper — but loses control of possession on his way up for another empty Syracuse possession.

1:53 — Ian Schieffelin cans uncontested 3, Clemson cushion balloons to 67-60

This entire sequence is avoided if Mintz stays honest on defense. Instead, he gambles and attempts to draw a charge on Girard. Mintz’s intentions are true — a quick, momentum-shifting stop to put Syracuse back on offense — but the execution was rash. A feeble bump from Girard’s left shoulder sends his ex-teammate sprawling. The officials don’t bat an eye.

Copeland, initially tasked with guarding Schieffelin, leaves his man to close out on Girard. With Mintz trailing the play, Girard stepped into his sixth 3-point attempt, uncontested, having made four prior. Though Schieffelin, a 57.1% 3-point shooter on 20 total tries this season, was left wide open in the right corner.

Teasing Copeland before kicking a pass out to Schieffelin at the last second, Girard starts to back once his teammate hoists. And Schieffelin makes no mistake to splash home his lone 3 of the matchup.

Syracuse men’s basketball: Adrian Autry addresses center health, Kyle Cuffe ahead of North Carolina matchup (TNIAAM; Szuba)

For a position once thought to be replete with depth, the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team now finds itself in a bit of a precarious bind when it comes to the center spot. Head coach Adrian Autry addressed the health of the center position ahead of Tuesday’s matchup with North Carolina.

With Naheem McLeod out for the season with a right foot injury, Maliq Brown has moved to the starting center position. Brown’s backup has been Peter Carey, who did not play on Saturday versus Clemson after suffering an injury in practice the previous day. Autry would meet with Carey on Monday and assess his availability for Tuesday. The staff is hopeful to get him back soon as possible but if he’s not good to go, junior center Mounir Hima could see more time.

“I think Mounir is going to have to play a little bit more and obviously, hopefully Peter can get back as quickly as possible,” Autry said.

Hima had been working through some “lower body” difficulties, but says he’s been cleared for three or four weeks now. Hima played four minutes in Syracuse’s most recent game against Clemson and feels 100 percent healthy, he says. Hima has yet to play more than four minutes in an conference game this season but Autry thinks this will be an opportunity for him to earn more time.

“Mounir’s fine,” Autry stated. “He has some issues running, moving, mobility issues. For the most part, you know, he’s trying. He’s toughing it out, he’s fighting it through.”

Without Benny Williams as an in-case-of-emergency, break glass option at center, Autry flirted with the idea of burning freshman Will Patterson’s redshirt option. But those thoughts have been tabled for now.

“I actually was thinking about what the risk-reward is as far as thinking of something like that with Will,” Autry shared. “But we’re going to stick to the plan.”

Syracuse basketball guard Justin Taylor addresses shooting struggles: ‘It’s my job to stay level-headed and not listen to the outside noise’ (TNIAAM; Szuba)

Justin Taylor stood in the Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team’s locker room following a tough defeat to Clemson and answered the hard questions. Taylor, a sophomore starter who has been asked to play out of position at the four, has struggled shooting the ball in ACC play. When asked about those shooting blemishes he didn’t shy away from the question.

“I’m obviously struggling shooting the ball. It happens. Shooters go through stuff like this,” Taylor said. “It’s my job to stay level-headed and not listen to the outside noise. A lot of people try and comment on it but they’re not with me every single day trying to get back to how I was.”

Taylor scored in double-figures in the road defeat to Wake Forest last Saturday, but by and large the shooting has been a tough row to hoe for the Charlottesville native. In total, Taylor has shot 13/50 (26%) from the floor in conference play across 13 games. He’s heard the criticism of his shooting. He knows it comes with the territory.

“People can talk about it all they want,” Taylor said. “It’s my job just to get out of my own head.”

It’s not all on Taylor. Most of his shots are coming off contested looks from the perimeter or inopportune fadeaways in the post. When Syracuse doesn’t get out and score in transition, the halfcourt offense struggles and at times devolves into one-on-one basketball. The Orange have gone to a basic horns set on the offensive end at times, but the overall offense lacks structure within the halfcourt. Syracuse ranks No. 148 in the country in offensive efficiency (KenPom).

Instead of consistently running modern offensive sets, Syracuse’s attack emphasizes spacing and guard freedom to create off the bounce or includes high-ball screens from Maliq Brown. With such ball-dominant guard play, Syracuse’s shooters have too often faded to the background. To be sure, the Syracuse backcourt is talented and that’s where the vigor of the offensive attack lies. But there’s a tradeoff and when shooters haven’t been freed up off screens for open looks, it means Taylor hasn’t been utilized to his strengths. Not to mention he’s fulfilling an ask to play out of position when he plays the forward spot.

“It’s definitely different for me. I haven’t really ever played the four before. So adjusting to that this year is something I’m trying to get used to,” Taylor said.

MBB: BPI Ranking 2024 Feb 11th (RX; HM)

MBB: BPI Ranking 2024 Feb 11th

According to ESPN's "Basketball Power Index" (BPI), here are the top 30 men's college basketball teams as of Sunday, February 11th:

1Houston CougarsBig 1221-322.3
2Purdue BoilermakersBig Ten22-219.8
3Arizona WildcatsPac-1219-518
4Alabama Crimson TideSEC17-717.2
5UConn HuskiesBig East22-217
6Iowa State CyclonesBig 1218-516.5
7Auburn TigersSEC19-516.5
8Tennessee VolunteersSEC17-616.1
9Creighton BluejaysBig East17-715.1
10North Carolina Tar HeelsACC19-515
11Duke Blue DevilsACC18-514.9
12Marquette Golden EaglesBig East18-514.9
13Illinois Fighting IlliniBig Ten17-614.7
14Kansas JayhawksBig 1219-514
15BYU CougarsBig 1217-614
16Baylor BearsBig 1217-613.9
17Michigan State SpartansBig Ten15-913.3
18Saint Mary's GaelsWCC20-613.3
19Gonzaga BulldogsWCC18-612.8
20Wisconsin BadgersBig Ten16-812.7
21Texas LonghornsBig 1216-812.1
22Florida GatorsSEC16-711.7
23Kentucky WildcatsSEC16-711.7
24Texas A&M AggiesSEC15-811.6
25Dayton FlyersA-1019-411.6
26Florida Atlantic OwlsAmerican18-511.6
27Clemson TigersACC16-711.4
28Wake Forest Demon DeaconsACC16-711.4
29Oklahoma SoonersBig 1218-611.4
30TCU Horned FrogsBig 1216-711.4
31Cincinnati BearcatsBig 1215-811.2
32Villanova WildcatsBig East12-1110.7
33Virginia CavaliersACC19-510.6
34Texas Tech Red RaidersBig 1217-610.6
35Mississippi State BulldogsSEC16-810.5
36St. John's Red StormBig East14-1010.3
37San Diego State AztecsMtn West18-610.2
38Indiana State SycamoresMVC22-310
39Xavier MusketeersBig East13-119.7
40Northwestern WildcatsBig Ten16-79.2
41Providence FriarsBig East15-99.2
42Pittsburgh PanthersACC15-89.1
43New Mexico LobosMtn West19-59
44James Madison DukesSun Belt22-39
45Virginia Tech HokiesACC13-108.8
46Washington State CougarsPac-1218-68.7
47Utah UtesPac-1215-98.7
48SMU MustangsAmerican16-78.6
49South Carolina GamecocksSEC21-38.6
50Iowa HawkeyesBig Ten13-108.5



Zac Brown Band at St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview

CMAC adds Zac Brown Band, more to 2024 concert schedule (PS; $; Herbert)

CMAC has added two more shows to its 2024 concert lineup.

Zac Brown Band will play CMAC (Constellation Brands - Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center) in Canandaigua on Sunday, June 2. No opening act has been named for the show, which starts at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 16, at 12 p.m. ET via Ticketmaster.

Also, Grammy-winning a cappella group Pentatonix will perform at CMAC on Thursday, Aug. 29. The show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Pentatonix go on sale Friday, Feb. 16 at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.

CMAC will be Zac Brown Band’s only Upstate New York stop this summer. The country band is known for popular songs like “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Free,” “Colder Weather,” “Knee Deep,” “Keep Me in Mind” and “Homegrown.”

CMAC is also the only stop in New York state for Pentatonix, the a cappella group that won season 3 of “The Sing-Off” in 2011. Vocalists Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Maldonado, Kevin Olusola and Matt Sallee are known for covers of popular songs by Michael Jackson, Leonard Cohen, Daft Punk, Camila Cabello and Christmas classics, plus collaborations with artists like Kelly Clarkson, Dolly Parton, Miley Cyrus, and Lindsey Stirling.

Nine concerts are now scheduled this year at CMAC, an outdoor amphitheater located on the Finger Lakes Community College campus.

A Camillus pub is closing, but its owners have other expansion plans (PS; $; Cazentre)

Good Buddy’s Pub, a sports bar owned by the family that also operates the Tully’s Good Times and CopperTop Tavern restaurants, is closing later this month.

But the closing does not affect the other restaurants. In fact, the Giamartino family is working to expand its Tully’s Tenders fast food concept, which currently has just one location, in Oswego.

Good Buddy’s opened in February 2014 at 4002 W. Genesee St. in Camillus, in a former IHOP location across from Holy Family Church. It served a menu of pub food, from wings and burgers to tacos, nachos and more, with a full bar including craft cocktails. It boasted many TV screens and plenty of sports mementos.

“It was a difficult decision to close Good Buddy’s Pub, but we have decided to devote our time and energy towards the growth of our other brands,” family member / co-owner Daniel Giamartino said a news release.

The pub’s last day will be Feb. 18.

The Giamartinos operate about 20 business locations around Central New York and beyond, with its company headquarters in East Syracuse.

One of the most recent to open, in February 2022, was the Tully’s Tenders at 192 W. Bridge St. in Oswego. It offers the same chicken tenders made famous at the Tully’s restaurants, plus sandwiches, salads and rice bowls in a fast-food style with drive-thru.

The new Tully’ Tenders will be located in Syracuse’s northern suburbs. Giamartino said the company has a contract to open that location next year, but he did not provide a specific location.

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