College Basketball

With the team almost entirely back in voluntary practices, we explore the new faces of the Syracuse Men's Basketball team and take a look ahead to the 2021 recruiting class. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman are joined by Paul Biancardi, who talks national, ACC and 'Cuse recruiting.


The sports world came crashing down on March 11. It was only a sign of what was to come. On the first episode of Talkback, host Cooper Boardman talks to three WAER alumni about the day that everything changed. TNT/CBS broadcaster Ian Eagle talks about what was lost with the cancellation of March Madness, ACC Network's Jay Alter discusses how he handled seasons coming to an end while he was on the air, and former WAER Sports Director Jack McMullen walks through the emotions of the final college basketball game played. 


Syracuse Faces Virginia In Conference Rematch

Jan 10, 2020
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As we approach the halfway point of the 2019-2020 college basketball season, the output from Syracuse basketball leaves much to be desired. Sitting at 8-7, with a dismal 1-3 Atlantic Coast record, with the most difficult part of their schedule just ahead, Syracuse does not have much to look forward to either. On Saturday at 4:00, the Orange will take on the No. 18 Virginia Cavaliers (11-3, 3-1) in Charlottesville in a rematch of the 2019-20 season opener. 

Syracuse Hosts Iowa With Lots To Prove

Dec 2, 2019
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With seven games in the books, Syracuse basketball is still searching for their identity. Since falling to defending champion Virginia in the season opener, Syracuse (4-3, 0-1) have experienced a rejuvenating change at point guard, a 97-point outburst, and most recently, consecutive losses that have sent this team back to the drawing board. 

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Syracuse (18-12, 7-10) will face the Clemson Tigers (22-7, 11-6) in the final regular season game of the year Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.

The Orange hope to recreate the magic they had against Clemson during last year’s matchup, when sophomore guard Tyus Battle hit a buzzer-beater three to down the Tigers 82-81 on the road.

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Just three days after falling to No. 10 UNC in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse (18-11, 7-9) lost their second in a row in a vicious back-to-back. The No. 5 Duke Blue Devils (24-5, 12-4) took care of the Orange 60-44 in Cameron Indoor Stadium on Saturday for their fifth straight win. 

Every basketball season has it's fair share of surprises. For the SU Men's Basketball team one of those pleasant surprises came in the from of Freshman Marek Dolezaj. This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast Zach Parnes shares with us the journey of the forward from Bratislava. 

Also this week, with just a few games left the tournament fate of SU Men's Basketball is still undecided.  WAER's Maura Sheridan looks at the road ahead  and what the team can do to extend their season.

Syracuse Earns Important Road Win Against Miami

Feb 17, 2018
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The Syracuse Orange (18-9, 7-7) defeated the Miami Hurricanes (18-8, 7-7) 62-55 Saturday afternoon in south Florida after suffering a tough loss to NC State in their previous game.

Much of the first half was controlled by the Orange, led by Tyus Battle, who finished with nine points and seven rebounds after the first 20 minutes. Miami would come storming back to close the half, however, going on a 7-0 run with 2:06 to play, and giving them their first lead since the opening minutes. The game went into halftime tied at 25.

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The Syracuse Orange (17-9, 6-7) did not help their chances of making the NCAA Tournament on Wednesday night, falling 74-70 to the NC State Wolfpack (17-9, 7-6) in the Carrier Dome. 

In last year's contest, Syracuse's John Gillon poured in a historic 43 points including a buzzer-beater at the end of regulation, setting Syracuse up for a 100-93 overtime victory at the PNC Arena. This year's result was not as uplifting. 

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Syracuse (15-8, 4-6) will look to rebound after suffering a tough loss to Virginia when they take on the Louisville Cardinals (16-7, 6-4) at the KFC Yum! Center on Monday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

The Cardinals will be looking for their fourth consecutive series win against a struggling Orange team that just recorded their lowest scoring in program history at the Carrier Dome when they could tally only 44 points against Virginia.

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