Syracuse Basketball

The NCAA Tournament is a time of excitement, with often times dreams becoming reality, and memories that last a lfietime.This week on The Best of WAER Sports Podcast, Connor Federico takes a look at one of those memories that Virginia and headcoach Tony Bennett would like to forget.

But first, Tyus Battle had already done a whole lot for Syracuse University basketball after his first two seasons. Now in his junior year, he's being asked to do even more. WAER's Luc Sigaud shares how Battle is carrying even more responsibility this season, than in the past.


 Three days after losing to No. 1 Duke, Syracuse (18-10, 9-6) fell to another ACC blue-blood, losing to No. 5 UNC-Chapel Hill (23-5, 13-2) 93-85 in the Dean Smith Center.

After a prolific first half start, Syracuse could not keep pace with the Tar Heels in the final 20 minutes. The Orange took a three point lead into the locker room at halftime, but a 50 point second half outburst from North Carolina proved to be too much.

  After a week of uncertainty and emotion, Saturday finally arrived, as did 35,642 faithful Orange fans. On Wednesday, it was reported that Syracuse Head Coach Jim Boeheim struck and killed a pedestrian with his car. It was unclear if he would resume his coaching duties on Saturday, but Syracuse University Athletic Director John Wildhack announced that Boeheim would coach against the top-ranked Duke Blue Devils on Saturday.


Boeheim Will Coach Tomorrow Against Duke

Feb 22, 2019

Following the incident with Jim Boeheim, he will still be coaching against the Blue Devils. AfterCoach Boeheim had struck a pedestrian with his car, it was uncertain if he would coach onSaturday. However, Syracuse’s athletic director, John Wildhack, announced that the Hall ofFame coach will resume his coaching duties. The Orange might be short handed on the coaching staff, Duke will be shorthanded on the bench.The top recruit out of high school, Zion Williamson, has been ruled out for tomorrow’s gamewith a mild knee sprain.

FSU Post Game Article


For an Orange team that has struggled to get AP votes all season (they received just three in the most recent AP Poll), this game was a big one. Syracuse welcomed #22 Florida State to the Carrier Dome in the 11th matchup between to the two schools, and it did not go well. This was one of the strangest games the men’s basketball team has played this year. It felt as if the game was divided in three: FSU dominating the first 15 minutes, Syracuse dominating the next 15 minutes, and then FSU, once again, dominating the last ten minutes.


How Good is Cuse? Tuesday Night Should Provide Clarity

Feb 4, 2019

Tuesday night’s matchup between Syracuse (16-6, 7-2) and the 22nd ranked Florida State Seminoles (16-5, 4-4) will be a measuring stick game for the Orange. 


Coming off back-to-back wins, Cuse welcomes a Noles team that is riding a three game win streak of their own. Syracuse defeated Pittsburg 65-56 Saturday night just a couple hours after FSU topped a struggling Georgia Tech team 59-49. 


'Cuse Ready to Pounce on Slumping Panthers

Feb 1, 2019

Saturday's contest between Syracuse (15-6, 6-2) and Pittsburgh (12-9, 2-6) has the potential to be a cake walk for the visiting Orange.  Jim Boeheim's squad beat the Panthers 74-63 less than two weeks ago and two of Pitt's key pieces missed practice Thursday. Despite that, just as you can't count 'Cuse out of any games this year, you also can't pencil any wins in on the schedule until they happen.

The Syracuse Orange (13-5, 4-1) will be looking to continue their recent hot streak when they host the Miami Hurricanes (12-5, 1-4) on Thursday night.


Coming off a road upset of Duke and a home win against Pittsburgh, Syracuse enters the game sitting at 4-1 in conference play, good enough for a tie for second place in the ACC.

The Orange have predictably been led by guard Tyus Battle. Battle played a combined 85 minutes during Syracuse’s two game win streak and was the team’s leading scorer with 32 and 22 points respectively.

On the heels of taking down top-ranked Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium, Syracuse returned home to the Carrier Dome and defeated Pittsburgh, 74-63.

Syracuse (13-5, 4-1) came into the game with all the confidence in the world and it showed, as the defense held Pittsburgh (12-6, 2-3) to just 63 points in the second straight win for the Orange. Meanwhile, the Panthers were coming off an impressive victory themselves, defeating No. 11 Florida State 75-62 on Monday.

Cardiac ‘Cuse lived up to the name after beating No. 1 ranked Duke 95-91 in a dramatic overtime at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With 18 ties and 13 lead changes over the course of the game, the showdown will live long in the memories of those who bleed orange.