Syracuse Basketball

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 55- "Playoffs!? I Just Hope We Can Win A Game"

Mar 8, 2021

Although the episode title is a quote from former Indianapolis Colts head coach Jim Mora, Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim may subscribe to a similar thinking. SU enters the ACC tournament just outside March Madness (according to ESPN's Joe Lunardi) and needs to build its resume to slip into the dance. Can one win do it? Do the Orange need two victories? Hosts Ben Shulman and Owen Valentine discuss. Plus, former Duke Blue Devils star and current ESPN analyst Jay Bilas joins the show (10:00-33:37) to give a rundown on his favorite storylines of the postseason and talk a little old Big East as well. 

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 42- Bull Market

Dec 17, 2020

It's time for the battle of Western New York! As Syracuse heads into a matchup with Buffalo, is the Ostrom Avenue podcast buying or selling stock in this Orange team? Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss SU's inconsistencies and preview UB with the help of WKBW's Jenna Callari (14:46-29:47) and Bulls play-by-play broadcaster Josh Whetzel (31:33-54:51).

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 41- Conference Competition

Dec 10, 2020

It's time for the ACC opener! Syracuse plays Boston College this Saturday, so hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman talk with LockedonBC podcast host and Boston College SI editor and publisher AJ Black (16:45-44:21) about the Eagles.

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 40- L'Orange

Dec 4, 2020

Quincy Guerrier is making a case to become SU's new star after Syracuse dominated Niagara by 30 points on Thursday. Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman discuss the French-Canadian's ceiling as well as other lineup implications from the Orange's last win. Plus, Kyle Franko of the Trentonian joins the show (15:47-31:21) to preview SU's next opponent: Rider.

Greg Paulus (2) throws a pass in his first game as a Syracuse quarterback vs. Minnesota in 2009.

This Thursday, Syracuse men’s basketball hosts Niagara in SU’s second game of the season. For several Purple Eagles players, this will be their first time in the Carrier Dome, but the man in charge of NU is quite familiar with the setting.

Niagara head coach Greg Paulus is a man of many talents. Long before he was the recipient of the 2019-20 Joe B. Hall Award, given to the NCAA’s top first-year coach, the Ohio native was tearing it up in the 315.

Regardless of the outcome of Friday’s season opener against Bryant, the fact Syracuse will be playing at all should be considered a victory.

As of this writing, over 35 programs across the NCAA have been put on pause and/or have cancelled competition due to COVID-19 complications. This does not include the 10 programs that have already cancelled their seasons entirely (Bethune-Cookman, Maryland Eastern-Shore, and the Ivy League).

The Ostrom Avenue Podcast Ep 39- Back to Basketball

Nov 25, 2020

Syracuse men's basketball tips off in two days! Hosts Owen Valentine and Ben Shulman bring on The Daily Orange's Anthony Dabbundo (16:40-43:21) for another perspective on SU's 2020-21 season. They talk about COVID protocols, analytics, Philly food spots and whole lot more, while previewing Syracuse vs. Bryant.

81-53: that is how Syracuse ended the basketball season. SU convincingly beat North Carolina in the ACC tournament, albeit not exactly the usual UNC given their struggles last year. The regular season was largely disappointing for the Orange, but a victory over the Tarheels reinvigorated hope that SU could pull off a miracle ACC tournament title-run and dance to March Madness.

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.