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Aug 15, 2011

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Opponent Preview: Everything to know about Notre Dame (DO; O'Brien)

Following its thrilling win over NC State on the road, Syracuse now travels back home for a blast from the past. At halftime of their game versus Notre Dame on Saturday, the Orange will honor former head coach Jim Boeheim at halftime. But as there will be a sense of nostalgia, SU takes on the Fighting Irish, a program also in year one without a coaching legend. Micah Shrewsberry is at the helm after Mike Brey became an assistant coach for the Atlanta Hawks following 23 years at Notre Dame.

In its first season without Brey, Notre Dame has been one of the worst teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference and Power 6, though it has won its last two games against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Coming off of a Quad 1 win over NC State, SU needs to continue racking up wins to build its NCAA resume. After winning a Quad 1 game against North Carolina on Feb. 13, the Orange lost their next game on the road to Georgia Tech.

Here’s everything you need to know about Notre Dame (10-16, 5-10 ACC) before it travels to the JMA Wireless Dome to face Syracuse (17-10, 8-8 ACC).

All-time series

Syracuse leads 33-22.

Last time they played…

Syracuse entered its first ACC matchup of the 2022-23 season riding a three-game losing streak. In the first half against the Fighting Irish on Jan. 14, it seemed as though the losing ways would continue as the Orange trailed by four at halftime.

The second half didn’t start much better, as ND jumped out to a 12-point lead. But as Judah Mintz, Justin Taylor and Chris Bell heated up in the final 10 minutes, SU clawed back. It took the lead with three and a half minutes remaining off a Bell triple. The forward finished with a then-career-high 17 points in the 78-73 comeback victory.

KenPom odds

Syracuse has a 77% chance of winning, with a projected score of 69-61.

The Fighting Irish report

With Brey no longer in the picture, Shrewsberry, Penn State’s former head coach, is tasked with reviving a program that has been mired in mediocrity, only making one postseason appearance since 2018.

Shrewsberry has had experience in revival projects, bringing the Nittany Lions back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in over a decade in 2022-23, but he still has work to do in South Bend.

The Fighting Irish are abysmal offensively. As a team, Notre Dame shoots 30% from 3 and holds a 46.6% effective field goal percentage. Both of these figures rank near the bottom among Division I teams and are undoubtedly the worst in the ACC. ND’s adjusted defensive efficiency is solid, ranking 27th overall per KenPom, but it doesn’t make up for its offensive deficiencies.

The only double-digit scorer on Notre Dame is guard Markus Burton, who averages 16 points per game. Aside from him, though, it’s a barren wasteland for points as no other Fighting Irish averages double-digit scoring.


Syracuse Orange guard Quadir Copeland (24) walks over to the N.C. State student section after the game was over. The Syracuse men's basketball team played North Carolina State, Feb 20, 2024. (Dennis Nett |

Copeland scores career-high 25, has ‘crazy’ night as SU escapes NC State with win (PS; $; Ditota)

The shimmy came after Quadir Copeland was hammered by DJ Burns.

The Syracuse guard finished on the fast break, absorbed a full body blow from the 6-foot-9, 275-pound Burns and landed on his backside.

There, he shook his shoulders for the television camera.

The bucket counted. The free throws from the flagrant one foul on Burns would come with it. By then, Copeland – Syracuse’s circus performer disguised as a sophomore guard – was feeling it.

He would rebound and put back a Judah Mintz miss to increase the Orange’s lead to 81-76 in PNC Arena. He would drain two free throws with 16.3 seconds left to pull SU ahead 85-83. And when DJ Horne pulled up for a shot that would have tied it with about 5 seconds left, Copeland stood in front of him to force a miss.

When it was all over, when Syracuse had survived a second-half N.C. State rally and won 87-83, Copeland would reach a career-high 25 points on 10-of-12 shooting. He also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. But mostly, he seemed to be everywhere on the basketball court.

“Yeah, he was big-time,” SU coach Adrian Autry said. “In his own words, he was Philly tough today. He was key. I just thought he was the difference for us today.”

Autry paused to mention Chris Bell, who scored 26 first-half points and sank 8-of-9 from the 3-point line. The Syracuse coach then proceeded to run down a list of players who helped the Orange win.

But Copeland?

“He was relentless today,” Autry said. “He was all over. And we needed every bit of it.”

He played 26 minutes and 17 seconds off the bench Tuesday night. He scored 13 first-half points, most of those on transition finishes, the highlight-reel stunner a reverse dunk on the break.

By then, Syracuse led 33-24.

Syracuse’s depth issues bring foul troubles, more zone defense (DO; Bambini)

During Syracuse’s media day in October, head coach Adrian Autry preached his team’s depth. He knew SU — at the time — had versatility on both ends of the ball, and Autry said he would play more than six or seven guys, a trend away from his predecessor, Jim Boeheim.

Months later, Autry’s now facing the situation he once hoped to avoid. Season-ending injuries to Chance Westry and Naheem McLeod, the dismissal of Benny Williams and the day-to-day status of Peter Carey following his concussion have stripped the Orange of their depth. Now, Syracuse (17-10, 8-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) is seeing the effects of its limited lineup with more use of the 2-3 zone and adjusting to foul trouble.

“It’s different,” Justin Taylor said of playing six or seven players after SU’s loss to Clemson on Feb. 10. “Losing Naheem (McLeod) definitely hurt. It’s our job just to be better conditioned. Be ready to go all 40 minutes and try not to get tired obviously. It’s hard when you’re going up and down like that.”

In three consecutive games versus Louisville, Clemson and UNC from Feb. 7-13, Syracuse only played seven players — Mounir Hima and Carey, who’s been out since the Clemson game, played less than six minutes in each game. In SU’s most recent two games versus Georgia Tech and NC State, Autry played eight and similarly, Hima played six minutes or less.

The last time Syracuse played with nine players or more was against Wake Forest on Feb. 3, when it lost by 29. It marked Williams’ final game and Kyle Cuffe Jr. ‘s last appearance before returning two weeks later in SU’s loss at Georgia Tech on Feb. 17.

Syracuse Basketball: ‘This is a resilient group,’ SU head coach Adrian Autry says (itlh; Adler)

Syracuse basketball has put forth an up-and-down season to date, but I credit the Orange players for their fight, grit, heart and toughness.

Let’s not forget that the ‘Cuse, in the current 2023-24 season, has a first-year and first-time head coach in Adrian Autry, who succeeded a Hall of Famer in Jim Boeheim.

That’s no easy task. This season’s Syracuse basketball roster has no seniors on it. One of its juniors, forward Benny Williams, was dismissed from the program, freshman William Patterson is expected to redshirt, and multiple guys have been injured.

I’m not making excuses. The ‘Cuse, to date in 2023-24, has proven inconsistent. Inconsistent from game to game and half to half. Inconsistent with its shooting, its half-court offensive sets and its defense.

At this point in the current term, as Syracuse basketball comes down the stretch in the regular season and eyes next month’s ACC Tournament in Washington, D.C., Autry basically has a line-up that was once filled with depth but is now down to eight guys, until and if sophomore center Peter Carey returns at some point.

Of those eight players, six are sophomores, one is a redshirt sophomore, and one is a junior who doesn’t play all that much. Again, not excuses. Just reality.

Syracuse basketball head coach Adrian Autry praises his team’s composure.

On Tuesday night, the Orange traveled to N.C. State in what is hovering around a quadrant-one game for the ‘Cuse. Syracuse basketball had the recent highs of beating then-No. 7 North Carolina at home about a week ago, and the recent lows of playing awful in a bad loss at Georgia Tech this past Saturday.

Four takeaways from Syracuse basketball’s 87-83 win at NC State (TNIAAM; Szuba)

The Syracuse Orange men’s basketball team was able to hold on and close out NC State from the free throw line to narrowly escape with an 87-83 victory on Tuesday night. Syracuse’s win from PNC Arena gave the team just its third road win of the season, aligned with a trend in college basketball where home teams are winning at an increased clip.

Chris Bell led the way in the first half, making his first eight threes before missing on his ninth attempt. Bell didn’t score in the second half but still finished as Syracuse’s leading scorer with 26 points. He was one three away from tying a program record for made threes in single game (nine). Quadir Copeland posted a career-high 25 points and had seven rebounds, not to mention some key plays late.

Judah Mintz did not score in the first half as Kyle Cuffe played extended minutes. Mintz would score 15 points in the second half. JJ Starling finished his night with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. DJ Horne led all scorers with 32 points for NC State. The Orange held the lead for over 35 minutes and led by as many as 18 only for NC State to take the lead with 3:15 to play. But Judah Mintz scored on a layup to reclaim the lead with 2:47 to play. Then Copeland and Mintz made four straight free throws to stave off a second half Wolfpack comeback.

Rebounding and turnovers turned out to be a non-story, as NC State marginally won the glass 32-30 and had ten turnovers to Syracuse’s 11. It’s hard to out-rebound by a wide margin when Syracuse is making shots. Syracuse shot 30-59 (50.8%) from the floor and 9-15 (60%) from three. The Orange finished 18-19 (94.7%) from the line. NC State shot 26-56 (46.4%) from the floor and 7-17 (41.2%) from three. The Wolfpack finished 24-29 (82.8%) from the line.

Syracuse Basketball: What Jim Boeheim has done is ‘unmatched,’ Carmelo Anthony says (itlh; Adler)

SU Athletics will honor Hall of Famer and former long-time Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim this Saturday, and I can’t wait.

While I’m excited about what’s to come for the Orange under first-year head coach Adrian Autry now and into the future, it was definitely bittersweet for me when Boeheim retired last March.

We can all agree that the past two seasons for the ‘Cuse were disappointing, but what Boeheim did for the Syracuse basketball program, the Central New York community and the sport of basketball is nothing short of remarkable.

On Saturday, Feb. 24, the Orange will host Notre Dame beginning at noon in what is described by SU Athletics as “Coach Jim Boeheim Day.”

To me, this Saturday will prove an emotional day, as ‘Cuse Nation salutes Boeheim for his long list of accomplishments on the Hill in a head-coaching career that spanned 47 years and included more than 1,000 victories, one national championship, five Final Fours, 20 trips to the Sweet 16, 35 appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and just one losing season.

Former Syracuse basketball players discuss the legendary Jim Boeheim.

In recent days, Syracuse basketball put out a post on its X page where several former Orange players shared some thoughts on Boeheim.

Members of the '03 National Championship team share their thoughts on Coach Boeheim.

Don't miss Jim Boeheim Day on Saturday when the Orange host Notre Dame at the JMA Dome!
— Syracuse Men’s Basketball (@Cuse_MBB) February 19, 2024

‘Cuse legend Carmelo Anthony, a long-time NBA star who was an All-American for the Orange in his one term on the Hill, when Syracuse basketball captured the 2003 national title, said what Boeheim brought to the game and to Syracuse in particular, both on the court and in the community, “it’s unmatched.”

Former Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim. Dennis Nett |

Boeheim does not miss coaching. At all. His TV, radio gigs keep him invested in game he loves (PS; $; Ditota)
He doesn’t miss it.

Not even for “one minute.”

Not once since he retired last March has Jim Boeheim wished he were still coaching Syracuse’s basketball team.

“I never have one pause where I think, ‘Geez, I’d like to … no,’” he said. “Not even one pause in six months.”

He’d done it for 47 years, a feat for which SU will honor him on Saturday during Jim Boeheim Day at the JMA Wireless Dome. Family, friends and former players are expected in the building to celebrate his career. The ceremony follows Syracuse’s noon game with Notre Dame.

During his coaching tenure, Boeheim’s teams amassed an official record of 1,015-441 (.697). The NCAA vacated 101 more wins.

Only Mike Krzyzewski, famous for his Duke days, has won more Division I men’s basketball games (1,202). Under Boeheim, Syracuse appeared in 35 NCAA Tournaments, 20 Sweet Sixteens and five Final Fours. The Orange won a national championship in 2003.

These days, Boeheim works as a radio and television analyst for college basketball games and does studio work at ESPN. SU athletic director John Wildhack named him special assistant to the athletic director soon after Boeheim’s retirement situation was settled last March.

He has a modest office in the Lally Athletics Complex, which is adjacent to the Melo Center. He can walk over to watch basketball practice whenever he wants.

But that exercise usually bores him.

“I want to leave 10 minutes after I get here,” he said.

The games, though, still grab his attention.

He likes working as a color analyst on college basketball games, where he can opine on strategy, banter with the other two guys in the booth and generally do what he’s done all his life – talk hoops.

During a recent Duke-Georgia Tech broadcast, Boeheim joked about the perilous climb to Duke’s crow’s nest broadcast booth, situated above the Cameron Indoor Stadium floor. He was glad, he told viewers, to have insurance.

What To Make Of Draymond Green's Tweet (; Griffin)
I personally think if I ever coached college bball I’d destroy all these guys! I just watched Chris Bell start 8-8 from 3 in the 1st half, And finish 8-10. They didn’t have him set one back screen but only sat in the corner. Didn’t run a pick and roll with him as the back action
— Draymond Green (@Money23Green) February 21, 2024

If you haven’t seen this tweet and you’re caught off guard, you aren’t the only ones. On the rare occasion an NBA player
with Draymond Green’s pedigree is tweeting about Syracuse Men’s Basketball, you know something wild must have happened. That’s exactly what happened in SU’s victory over NC State last night. You don’t need Draymond’s tweet to tell you that Bell was unconscious in the first half then disappeared coming out of the locker room. Take a moment to appreciate the sheer insanity that is that tweet.

If you watch the NBA or even loosely follow it, you know how polarizing a figure Draymond can be. He’s been an all-star four times, made eight all-defensive teams, has a defensive player of the year award to his name, and most importantly, has been a key cog in the Warriors’ dynasty over the last few years. But make no mistake, there is a very dark side to him. Suspensions and technical fouls are things Draymond has gotten accustomed to as his career has progressed. He is also a notorious loudmouth on various social media platforms, whether it be Twitter or an appearance on “Inside The NBA”. To say the least, he’s a character.

So why was he watching the Syracuse game in the first place? Draymond played his college ball at Michigan State from 2008-2012, and did go up against SU once in December 2010. The Orange and Spartans met in what was a top-10 matchup at the Jimmy V Classic in MSG with Syracuse emerging victorious. So there’s some connection but nothing major. And no disrespect intended, but SU’s game against NC State wasn’t exactly marquee, especially when the number one team in the country got blown out last night and there was a noteworthy incident after the game. At minimum, it’s neat that he was watching.

As for the tweet itself, Draymond is spot on. Syracuse built its 15-point first half lead thanks to Bell’s white hot shooting. Eight made threes is one shy of the program record, and he only needed 20 minutes to do it. It’s no coincidence that the Wolfpack rallied back and took a few leads in the second half when Bell’s shooting was not included in the offensive gameplan. If the ball bounces a few different ways in the second, NC State wins that game. Why abandon what worked so well in the first half?

(youtube; podcast; Inside Syracuse Basketball)

On this edition of the Inside Syracuse Basketball podcast, Syracuse legend Lawrence Moten joins the show. Moten shares stories of his days being coached by Jim Boeheim.

What happened to NC State vs Syracuse last night in men’s basketball? (youtube; podcast; 99.9 The Fan)

Cory Smith, Pack Pride, on NC State’s men’s basketball team and what seems to be their issue.Wake Forest became a Quad 1 win because of last night. Adam hasn’t heard much rumblings about Kevin Keatts, even with these loses, so has Cory thought the same or is it different from what he’s observed? Which players showed up last night, despite the loss, and which did not? Is this loss more on coaching or the players?

NC State basketball's season has been disappointing, lose to Syracuse basketball, 87-83 (youtube; podcast; 99.9 The Fan)

Tim Donnelly says NC State basketball's season has been a disappointment this season after losing to Syracuse basketball, 87-83, which likely means NC State basketball and head coach Kevin Keatts will have to win the ACC Tournament in order to make the NCAA Tournament.
Keeping Up With The 315 2-21-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Brian Higgins gets the ball rolling discussing Syracuse men’s basketball’s win over NC State last night, also known as the Bell & Copeland show. Then, a little lax talk as the Orange men’s team got back on track today against Utah with Joey Spallina having quickly hit a career milestone. Later, Brian’s just trying to talk NET rankings when a caller interrupts with an absurd take on what Coach Autry should have done in last night’s game.
Allen Griffin "The 315" 2-21-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)
Syracuse men’s basketball assistant coach Allen Griffin joins Brian Higgins to discuss the big win over NC State, Quadir Copeland and Chris Bell’s performances, Draymond Green’s social media posts about SUMBB, and more.

Syracuse University Upgrades Dick Clark Studios - Mixonline (; Staff)

Syracuse University has upgraded all three broadcast audio production control rooms at its Dick Clark Studios, which support the school’s TV, radio and film curriculum and also produce programming for ESPN’s ACC Network and the university’s Orange Television Network.

Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications installed Solid State Logic System T broadcast production platforms, with two 48-fader S500 surfaces and a 32-fader S300 surface.

The university’s athletics teams, known as the Syracuse Orange, have participated in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) for almost a decade and are members of the NCAA or National Collegiate Athletic Association’s elite Division 1. “We’ve probably had more Tier 1 games than any other school; we produce about 120 games a year for ESPN / ACC Network,” reports Neal Coffey, manager of operations and engineering for Dick Clark Studios and an adjunct professor on the Television, Radio and Film program at the Newhouse School. “We’re almost like a small regional sports network.”

Cover Story: Inside Jaycen Joshua’s Canton House Studios

One System T S500 control surface has been installed in audio control room ACR1 at the school’s Dick Clark Studios, which is named for legendary entertainer and Syracuse University alumnus Dick Clark, who graduated in 1951. The room is used to mix audio for all the facility’s ACC Network game coverage for ESPN as well as student-produced programming for campus cable’s Orange Television Network, such as Live from Studio B, a Sunday night variety show, and also Loud & Clear, a Friday night music show. The second S500 control surface has been integrated into ACR3, a newly constructed audio suite within production control room PCR3. The new room will enable the facility to handle two ESPN games simultaneously for the first time. The S300 is integrated with Ross Overdrive automation in ACR2, which is a fully automated room.

At its most basic, broadcast engineer Tom White says, “The console is very simple, very flexible and allows us to do any type of show—sports, music, studio—and switch between the modes of operation. But it also has a lot of other bells and whistles that you don’t normally get with other consoles right out of the box. As for sound quality, you can’t beat it. I love it.”

Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes rips Joe Lunardi of ESPN in defending the ACC (; Roche)

When it comes to the ACC and the men's NCAA Tournament, ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi doesn't like the conference's chances of getting many teams into the field of 68. Right now, North Carolina and Duke are locks and Clemson is just about in that category, if they are not already.

After that? Well, the outlook isn't good.

Virginia has been a team that has trended towards getting to the field, but a 75-41 loss Monday night at Virginia Tech along with a daunting remaining schedule puts the Cavaliers' hopes in danger. One team that is trending in the right direction is Wake Forest. Tuesday night, the Demon Deacons blasted Pittsburgh, 91-58, at home to improve to 17-8 and 9-6 in the ACC. They have a NET ranking of 24 and a KenPom ranking of 21, yet Lunardi doesn't have them in his field.
— Joe Lunardi (@ESPNLunardi) February 21, 2024
Wednesday, Forbes appeared on ACC PM with with Mark Packer and Taylor Tannebaum and didn't hold back about Lunardi and his apparent disrespect for the ACC.

Wake Forest coach Steve Forbes: "I don't know how Bracketology works. I stay in my lane. I leave it to the experts. Joel Lunardi at ESPN, he's an expert. He's carved out a great career doing it and so good for him.

— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) February 21, 2024
It didn't stop there.

"The problem that I have with Joe in regards to the ACC is he doesn't like to stay in his lane. He's criticized our league and our players in the past. He said that if we want more bids, then we got to do a better job recruiting.
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) February 21, 2024

"We have the most drafted players in the history of the NBA from the ACC. And if we're talking about over the past five years since the NET, we're second only to the SEC in drafted players, and it's not even close."
— Les Johns (@Les_Johns) February 21, 2024

I think that Forbes speaks for most of the conference and all ACC fans. Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports posted on X earlier this year that there was a real possibility that the conference would only get two teams, North Carolina and Duke. As you can imagine, that's didn't sit well with ACC fans either.

MBB: Results and News for 2024 Feb 21 (RX; HM)

MBB: Results and News for 2024 Feb 21

ACC Scores

8 Duke 84
Miami 55

Notre Dame 72
Louisville 50

Clemson 81
Ga Tech 57

Ranked Losers
12 Illinois lost at Penn State, 89-90
16 Dayton lost at George Mason, 67-71
17 Kentucky lost at LSU, 74-75
22 Colorado St lost at New Mexico, 66-68
24 Florida lost at 13 Alabama, 93-98

From SI:AM - Who’s No. 1 now?

The UConn Huskies were a unanimous choice for the No. 1 ranking in the men’s AP poll this week for the first time in program history. So what did they do in their first game after achieving that historic ranking? Lose by their widest margin since 2019.



The long staircase that leads from Euclid Avenue to Westminster Park in Syracuse has been blocked off because of safety concerns. The city is working on plans to get the stairs fixed, but that may not happen until the fall. (Jeremy Boyer I Boyer I

Syracuse’s famous, but crumbling, outdoor staircase is closed for safety concerns (PS; Boyer)

Syracuse Parks Commissioner Tony Williams has used the Westminster Park staircase so many times that he’s figured out a perfect workout routine.

Run up just the first two flights and then take a leisurely pace the rest of the way. Do that and your heart rate will be at an optimal 150 beats per minute at the top. Like so many people who live in or near the University Neighborhood, Williams views the 178 steps running from Westminster Park down to Euclid Avenue as a small city treasure.

And that’s why it was painful for him to make the decision earlier this winter to close them to the public.

“I am aware of the love people have for these stairs,” said Williams. “But they’re just bad. They’re totally unsafe.”

Heavy wood boxes that stand several feet high block the bottom and top of the stairs, with a sign attached that tells pedestrians that the steps are dangerous. A-frame barricades on each side discourage people from trying to go around.

The barriers will be in place for a while.

Williams said the parks department is waiting on an engineering study that will provide an updated cost estimate for the extensive structural repairs needed. The most likely timeline puts construction work in the fall, so Williams does not expect the steps to be open this spring or summer.

‘No Contract. No Beer.’ Union prepares for strike at Central NY’s Anheuser-Busch brewery (PS; $; Cazentre)

Kate Benoit has worked at the Anheuser-Busch brewery just outside Baldwinsville for 16 years, following in father’s footsteps at the company. She hopes a third generation of her family might join one day.

On Wednesday, she brought her school-age kids, Brielle and Bryce, to the plant on Route 31 in the Radisson business park. They joined a rally by dozens of fellow Teamster union workers ahead of a possible strike against Anheuser-Busch.

Like the others at the rally, Benoit and her kids carried signs with slogans like “Respect Brewery Teamsters: Save American Jobs,” “Anheuser-Busch, This Round’s On You,” and “Raise The Bar on Wages.”

Another popular sign was “No Contract. No Beer,” which was also a popular chant from the workers at the plant that produces Budweiser, Bud Light and other beers and beverages.

“They could be the next generation to work here,” Benoit, of Central Square, said of her kids. “But we have to save the jobs. That’s why we’re out here.”

The Teamsters represent more than 5,000 workers at the 12 breweries operated by Anheuser-Busch InBev in the United States. The union said in December its members will walk out at all 12 plants if there is no new contract when the current deal expires at midnight on Feb. 29.

A strike by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters would include the 373 members of Teamsters Local 1149 working at the Baldwinsville brewery. The plant, the largest brewery in New York state, has a total workforce of more than 500.

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