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Welcome to National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day!

Popular with kids, but certainly not just for them, the peanut butter and jelly sandwich—often simply known as a PB&J—is celebrated and eaten today. The sandwich is made with one or more layers of peanut butter—either chunky or smooth—and jelly, usually on white bread, although any bread may be used. It is sometimes made open faced and then folded together, to make what looks like a half sandwich.

There are many variations of the sandwich. Instead of or in addition to jelly and peanut butter, ingredients may include jam, honey, sliced fruit, and cream cheese. Nutella, almond butter, and marshmallow fluff can also be used. When marshmallow fluff takes the place of the jelly the sandwich is known as a fluffernutter.

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DAYTON, OHIO - MARCH 20: Eddie Lampkin Jr. #44 of the Colorado Buffaloes reacts against the Boise State Broncos during the second half in the First Four game of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at University of Dayton Arena on March 20, 2024 in Dayton, Ohio. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)Dylan Buell

Transfer portal update: Syracuse has shown interest in these players; with more expected to come (PS; Waters)

The NCAA’s transfer portal has been open for two weeks ago. In that time, four Syracuse players have entered the portal.

So far, the Syracuse coaches have yet to add any players via the transfer route. But that doesn’t mean that Adrian Autry and his staff of assistants haven’t been working the portal over these past two weeks.

According to various reports, Syracuse has shown interest in at least a half-dozen players in the transfer portal. There is also the reality that many players could still enter the portal and Syracuse could have interest in them.

Autry’s shopping list is likely based on the needs created by the Orange’s portal departures. Quadir Copeland, a 6-foot-6 guard, and Justin Taylor, a 6-6 wing forward, and Peter Carey, a 6-11 center, have all entered the portal. Benny Williams, who was dismissed from the SU basketball program in early February, officially entered the portal as well. Maliq Brown, a 6-foot-8 power forward who played mostly center last season, put his name in the portal on Monday.
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Syracuse's 2024 basketball recruit Donnie Freeman at a recent McDonald's All-American practice. Photo courtesy of the McDonald's All-American game McDonald's All-American game

SU basketball recruit Donnie Freeman on strengths, expectations as he prepares for McDonald's game (PS; Ditota)

Donavan Freeman, the 6-foot-9 Syracuse basketball commit, will play in the McDonald’s All-American game Tuesday night.

Freeman, who spent the 2023-24 season at IMG Academy, has been in Houston preparing for the game, which will be broadcast at 9 p.m. (ET) on ESPN. He will play on the West team.

In preparation for the game, Freeman and Bryson Tucker, a 6-foot-7 wing who recently committed to Indiana, appeared together Monday afternoon for an 8-minute question and answer session.

Freeman is SU’s latest McDonald’s All-American; JJ Starling was named to the squad in 2022, though Starling was a Notre Dame commit when he appeared in the game. Freeman is one of two Class of 2024 recruits who have committed to the Orange, the other the 6-foot-4 guard Elijah Moore.

Freeman has been in Houston for a few days, practicing with other high school players considered to be the best in the nation.

“I always want to play against the top players in the country, to compete against the best,” he said. “Me being here was really fun and on top of that being a childhood dream, you can’t really put a price tag on stuff like this. Overall, it was a great experience for me.”

About two hours before Freeman spoke with reporters, news that Maliq Brown had entered the transfer portal flooded social media. Brown, a 6-foot-8 forward who played most of last season at center, announced his intention to leave SU after two years.
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Brent Axe and Mike Waters chat live after Syracuse basketball's Maliq Brown enters the transfer portal. Where does the Syracuse roster stand now with Brown's departure and who could Syracuse look to in order to replace Brown and SU's other transfers?

Syracuse Basketball: Jim Boeheim gets candid on GMac, portal, SU's season, Justin Taylor (itlh; Adler)

Hall of Famer and former long-time Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim shared a lot of interesting stuff in a recent radio interview.

Boeheim, who during the 2023-24 season has served as a studio and in-game analyst for the ACC Network, recently chatted for about 20 minutes with Steve Infanti and Paulie Scibilia on their terrific ESPN Radio Syracuse program, “Orange Nation.”

His usual candid self, Boeheim touched on a variety of topics, including his former player and assistant, Gerry McNamara, becoming Siena's head coach, the transfer portal, Adrian Autry's first season at the helm of the 'Cuse and his search for a new assistant, and Orange sophomore guard/wing Justin Taylor, who recently entered the portal.

Judging by his comments on #OrangeNation today, Jim Boeheim thinks Siena will win more than "ten f***ing games" with Gerry McNamara at the helm.

Get @SteveInfantiNC9, @pauliescibilia, and Jim Boeheim's reactions to the hire on the pod ⬇️
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— ESPN Radio Syracuse (@ESPNSyracuse) March 29, 2024

I highly recommend that you listen to Boeheim's interview with Steve and Paulie, and I'm sharing some highlights here.

Former Syracuse basketball head coach Jim Boeheim says Gerry McNamara will do well at Siena.

This past Friday, Orange associate head coach Gerry McNamara was officially named the next head coach of Siena, a school in Loudonville, N.Y., near Albany, that resides in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference ("MAAC").
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Keeping Up With The 315 4-1-24 (ESPN; radio; the 315)
Today’s show is a wild one. Brian started the 315 out with day 15 of portal watch. on today’s edition we added Maliq Brown to the list of Syracuse men’s basketball players on their way out this off season. Next Brian took a call from a listener where they talked about the recent history of the Hoops program. To end things HOFer and former SU men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim rang the line of ESPN Radio Syracuse and worked out some confused that arose from the most recent viewer phone call. Him in Brian went into talks about Mike Hopkins former HC position, the current portal, and more.
How Jim Boeheim’s brutal honesty may have inspired some great Syracuse Orange moments (TNIAAM; Wall)
Before former Syracuse Orange head coach Jim Boeheim picked the NC State Wolfpack to advance to the Final Four, he had this to say about them back in the ACC Tournament.

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— Sports Fan (@sportsnow12345) March 13, 2024

Now you might think that an athlete trying to spite Jim Boeheim might be a new thing, but our research team has uncovered a list of Syracuse moments fueled by innocuous Boeheim comments. Comments below come from anonymous sources who were only willing to share with TNIAAM under the condition that we not identify them in any way.

1984 football win over #1 Nebraska

“We were sitting in a staff meeting when Jake Crouthamel announced that he’d worked out a deal with Tom Osborne to bring Nebraska to the Dome. Jim told Jake that was the dumbest scheduling idea he’d ever heard because the Syracuse team would lose and end up dealing with a bunch of injuries. Well Coach Mac pounded the table, pointed his finger at me and “I’ll show ya Boeheim. We’re gunna beat those Huskers” and then he stormed out of the room. After the win, Boeheim found Mac and told him he thinks Mac could have an undefeated team in a couple of years...”

Air Gait

“Gary and Paul were in Manley trying to dunk one afternoon. Boeheim came out for practice and said “That’s why you should leave jumping and dunking the ball to the basketball players. There’s a reason no one dunks in lacrosse”. The one thing you never do is tell Gary Gait that he can’t do something.”
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Jim Boeheim "The 315" 4-1-24 (ESPN; radio; The 315)

Hall of Fame & former Syracuse men’s basketball head coach Jim Boeheim calls into #The315 w/ Brian Higgins to clear up some confusion that stemmed from a listener phone call. Jim talks to Brian about what went into Mike Hopkins moving onto his former HC position at Washington, players who have moved into the portal, and much much more!
The Juice Online - Syracuse forward Maliq Brown to enter transfer portal (r1vals.com; Sen)
Syracuse forward Maliq Brown will the transfer portal a source has confirmed to The Juice Online. On3's Joe Tipton was the first to report the news.

"I would like to thank Coach Red, Coach GMac, Coach Boeheim, and the entire staff that recruited and gave me the opportunity to perform at this level," Brown said on social media. "I am beyond grateful for the love and encouragement that you and Cuse fans have shown me during my time at Syracuse."

Brown averaged 9.5 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game, shooting nearly 70 percent from the field. He was named to the All-ACC Defensive Team after the 2023-24 season.

He becomes the fifth Syracuse player to enter the portal, including Justin Taylor, Benny Williams, Quadir Copeland and Peter Carey. Brown has two years of eligibility remaining.

Brown spent the majority of his time playing center this season after an injury to Naheem McLeod.

MBB: Links, News, and Rumors 2024 Apr 1 (RX; HM)

MBB: Links, News, and Rumors 2024 Apr 1

Here are some interesting Final Four team stats from Bless Your Chart: "Gotta Make Shots"

Effective FG%, Defense
UConn 38.4%
NC State 42.4%
Alabama 43.4%
Purdue 45.5%

Effective FG%, Offense
Purdue 61.5%
UConn 56.6%
Alabama 56.2%
NC State 54.0%

Do the Wolfpack have a chance with the worst offense of the four? Well, their defense has been sound, and something else about that offense - it's been taking the fewest 3-pointers. Oh, and their next opponent, Purdue, has the worst defense of the four.

NC State is playing like a throwback NBA team, which may be a difficult adjustment for its Final Four opponents. We'll find out next weekend!
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MBB: "Blood Brothers" to air Tue, April 2nd (RX; HM)

MBB: "Blood Brothers" to air Tue, April 2nd
From the official ESPN press release of March 29, 2024...

New ESPN E60 Updates Story of Basketball’s Boozer Family and the Life-Changing Decision Made More Than 15 Years Ago

Blood Brothers Debuts Tuesday, April 2, at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2, Streaming Afterward on ESPN+

Cameron and Cayden Boozer, twin sons of Duke legend Carlos Boozer, are two of the most highly touted high school basketball recruits in the country. But their most crucial assist came long before either set foot on a basketball court. A new episode of ESPN E60 updates the story of how the twins helped save the life of their older brother Carmani through an incredible chain of events more than 15 years ago.
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‎ESPN College GameDay: College GameDay: The Men’s Final Four Teams ARE SET; UConn Fights For a Back-to-Back Title; Duke’s Future with No. 1 College Recruit Cooper Flagg on Apple Podcasts (apple.com; podcast; College GameDay)

Pete Thamel and ESPN College Basketball Insider Jeff Borzello discuss the teams that have just landed in the Final Four spots in the Men’s NCAA tournament – specifically how a missed free throw by Virginia in the ACC tournament impacted NC State’s trajectory to the Final Four. They also talk about UConn’s evisceration of Illinois, the No. 2 offense in the country. And although Duke lost to NC State, Borzello notes that the Blue Devils’ future is bright as they are looking forward to Cooper Flagg, the number one college recruit in the country who has committed to their program for the following season. Finally, the two round out the pod with a preview of the Final Four games and who they think will be the NCAA tournament champion.
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Bruce Block, the owner of Antique Underground, smiles in front of the counter in his shop (Melissa Newcomb|mnewcomb@syracuse.com).Melissa Newcomb

Antiques from all over the world found a long-time home in this downtown Syracuse shop (PS; Newcomb)

A visitor walked into Antique Underground, an antique shop on E. Jefferson Street. His eyes wandered around the store crowded with thousands of antiques. There are old cameras, jewelry, pottery, paintings when you enter the front door.

The owner, Bruce Block, grinned at him and asked how he could help.

He told Block he had just moved to Syracuse and lives across the street. He had a question about an antique he had inherited from his dad.

“Good, we’re friends now,” Block said, and began answering his question. Every person who visited or called him next received an equally friendly greeting.

Some would say his warm personality towards his shoppers is a textbook example of a selling technique from a seasoned businessman who has been in the antique game since the 1970s.

But for Block, creating genuine relationships with everybody who walks through his doors is the main reason he has the business.
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WWE star shocks fans with apparent injury after Syracuse wrestling event (PS; $; Herbert)

A WWE star is shocking wrestling fans with an apparent injury after a Syracuse event Sunday night.

Finn Balor, who’s part of The Judgment Day tag team with Damian Priest, shared a video on social media Sunday that shows a large red welt on his forehead. From an angle, a lumpy egg-shaped knot appears to be protruding from his forehead.

“Easter Egg,” Balor wrote on Instagram, referencing the Easter holiday Sunday.


“Whaaaaat?!!!!” wrote Balor’s wife, sports journalist Vero Rodríguez.

“OMG,” commented Nick Jackson, executive vice president of AEW and member of the Young Bucks tag team.
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