Elijah Hughes

The basketball regular season has come to end. With Syracuse beginning the ACC tournament tonight, hosts Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine, and Ben Shulman preview SU's matchup with North Carolina. Also, Ben talks to ACC play-by-play broadcaster Wes Durham about the tournament as a whole.


The Syracuse Orange (16-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) have essentially kissed their NCAA Tournament hopes good bye, barring a miracle run in the ACC Tournament next week. On Saturday, Syracuse fell 92-79 to the struggling North Carolina Tar Heels, who at 12-17, reside in the basement of the Atlantic Coast Conference. 

Bourama Sidibe blocks Justin Champagnie's jump shot.

Tomorrow afternoon the Syracuse men’s basketball team hosts North Carolina at the Carrier Dome. It will be the final home game of the season.

For a typical powerhouse, it has been a disastrous year for the Tarheels. North Carolina began the at ranked 9th on the AP Poll but has plummeted since. UNC is last in the conference standings with a 4-13 ACC record and an 11-17 record overall.


As the 2019-2020 college basketball regular season draws to a close, Syracuse (14-11, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) finds themselves in a very familiar position: fighting for relevance on the NCAA Tournament bubble. As of January 25, the Orange had won five straight conference games, including road wins at Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Notre Dame. They were 13-7 with a chunk of quality wins under their belt, and the offense was clicking. The next five games did not bring nearly as much good fortune. Three weeks, and a 1-4 skid later, Syracuse's tournament chances have plummeted. 

Hughes Return Not Enough To Down #8 FSU

Feb 15, 2020

The Syracuse men’s basketball team lost 80-77 to Florida State. After missing the majority of the last game with a lower-body injury, Elijah Hughes returned for the Orange and was very productive. The transfer Junior led all scorers with 25 points and shot 50% from the floor. Florida State also came into the game with lineup questions. Leading scorer Devin Vassell missed the entire game. It did not appear to be a health issue, however, Leonard Hamilton declined to answer questions about Vassell’s status after the game.

 Syracuse had two games at home that were must-wins. Only one was a victory. Next up, the hosts of the Ostrom Avenue Podcast Brendan Mortensen, Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman break down the 8th ranked Florida State Seminoles. The more you hear about FSU, the less you want to play them. How can the 'Cuse pull off the upset?

Syracuse Welcomes Last Place Wake Forest

Feb 7, 2020

After a week off, Syracuse hoops will host Wake Forest in the Dome Saturday night. Scheduled for an 8p.m. tipoff, the match-up will feature a Syracuse team that still has March Madness tournament hopes and a Wake team that sits last in the ACC standings.


  The Orange now 13-9 overall and 6-5 in the conference are currently wedged in the middle of the ACC standings surrounded by nine other teams that are all within a couple games of each other. 



Syracuse's five game ACC win streak ended Tuesday night in Littlejohn Collesium at the hands of the Clemson Tigers, 71-70. 

Junior guard Clyde Trapp had the winning basket for the Tigers with just two seconds left off of a pretty feed Khavon Moore. 

Syracuse was up by as many as three with just 1:30 left, but failed to score a point afterwards, and lost the lead on Trapp's layup. 

The Tigers were carried by Trapp's 17 points and a career night from senior Tevin Mack, who notched 34 points and 10 rebounds. 

Syracuse Wins Fouth Straight

Jan 22, 2020

Wednesday night in South Bend, Indiana the Syracuse Orange (12-7) edged Notre Dame (11-7) to extend their winning streak to four games. 


Suddenly after an 84-82 win the Orange are right in the thick of things in the ACC after taking advantage of what seems to be a down year for the conference and maybe the entire college hoops landscape. 


Syracuse Looks for Revenge Against Virginia Tech

Jan 17, 2020

January 7, 2020. 40-31 Syracuse over Virginia Tech. 12:11 remained in the second half at the Carrier Dome. The Orange took the lead early in the first half and have held it for the last 21:07 of game time. A win over Virginia Tech would be massive after giving up a late lead to Notre Dame a few days earlier. Then, Virginia Tech Freshman Jalen Cone rose up and knocked down a three, plus the foul. Syracuse now led 40-35, 11:53 on the clock. Fast forward a couple minutes and the Hokies were on a run.