1. via @nunesmagician

"It didn’t take long at all for the highly anticipated matchups with Duke to become a bonafide basketball rivalry. After just two games, it looks like Duke and Syracuse will have one of the biggest rivalries in basketball for years to come. It started off with a dramatic overtime victory for the Orange in front of a record crowd at the Dome. Then came Boeheim’s tirade and ejection in a close win for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. Two games in and this rivalry’s already got some classic moments that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Additionally, Syracuse is developing a bit of a lacrosse rivalry with the Dukies. The two have played a non-conference game in 2011 and 2012, met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 (in the national title game for the latter), and had an exhilarating battle in the 2014 ACC Tournament. With Duke overtaking Syracuse’s role of the king of lacrosse for the time being, this should continue to work its way up Syracuse’s lacrosse rivalry ranks.

Speaking of lacrosse, we already had a rivalry with Virginia in that before the ACC move. Cuse and UVA always seems to be a barnburner of a lacrosse game, filled with fast-paced gameplay and results in question until the final horn. With many classic NCAA Tournament and late February/early March battles, this has always been one to circle the calendar for in the spring. With Virginia’s basketball team on the rise, this should also shape up to be a great basketball series. The ACC calendar makers have been pretty good at making both the basketball and lacrosse games the same weekend, so we may have ourselves a nice little tradition going with the Hoos from this point forward.

Although the first ACC matchup wasn’t a classic, North Carolina should figure to be an ACC rivalry for years to come. That’s because when you have two top tier basketball programs rich with tradition, it’s pretty much impossible for this not to become a big rivalry. Add in the fact UNC coach Roy Williams was coaching Kansas when Jim Boeheim and Syracuse won the national title in 2003, and you’ve got all the storylines and narrative you need each time the Heels and Orange touch the court. This could become a lacrosse rivalry, too, but that would probably require a postseason matchup and well… UNC tends to sputter in May.”

    via @nunesmagician

    "It didn’t take long at all for the highly anticipated matchups with Duke to become a bonafide basketball rivalry. After just two games, it looks like Duke and Syracuse will have one of the biggest rivalries in basketball for years to come. It started off with a dramatic overtime victory for the Orange in front of a record crowd at the Dome. Then came Boeheim’s tirade and ejection in a close win for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. Two games in and this rivalry’s already got some classic moments that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Additionally, Syracuse is developing a bit of a lacrosse rivalry with the Dukies. The two have played a non-conference game in 2011 and 2012, met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 (in the national title game for the latter), and had an exhilarating battle in the 2014 ACC Tournament. With Duke overtaking Syracuse’s role of the king of lacrosse for the time being, this should continue to work its way up Syracuse’s lacrosse rivalry ranks.

    Speaking of lacrosse, we already had a rivalry with Virginia in that before the ACC move. Cuse and UVA always seems to be a barnburner of a lacrosse game, filled with fast-paced gameplay and results in question until the final horn. With many classic NCAA Tournament and late February/early March battles, this has always been one to circle the calendar for in the spring. With Virginia’s basketball team on the rise, this should also shape up to be a great basketball series. The ACC calendar makers have been pretty good at making both the basketball and lacrosse games the same weekend, so we may have ourselves a nice little tradition going with the Hoos from this point forward.

    Although the first ACC matchup wasn’t a classic, North Carolina should figure to be an ACC rivalry for years to come. That’s because when you have two top tier basketball programs rich with tradition, it’s pretty much impossible for this not to become a big rivalry. Add in the fact UNC coach Roy Williams was coaching Kansas when Jim Boeheim and Syracuse won the national title in 2003, and you’ve got all the storylines and narrative you need each time the Heels and Orange touch the court. This could become a lacrosse rivalry, too, but that would probably require a postseason matchup and well… UNC tends to sputter in May.”

  2. Have a very Rakeem Christmas.
(via Nation Of Orange - Rakeem Giving Fan Late Christmas Present)
  3. Syracuse, N.Y. — When C.J. Fair left Baltimore and his public high school after three years, he traded the comforts of home for the promise of academic eligibility.

Fair, the Syracuse University basketball senior, remembers the constant chaos in his crowded Baltimore City High School classrooms. He remembers overwhelmed teachers. He recalls the easy excuses to skip school: a missed bus, an exhausting walk or long public transportation commute.

At Brewster Academy, a prep school situated in a New England town of about 6,200 residents, he lived on campus. Televisions were banned from dorm rooms. Internet access cut off at 10 or 11 p.m. Fair had nothing much to do except learn.

"When I was at public school there were just so many kids it was crazy. And there wasn’t really one-on-one help. You either get it or you don’t," Fair said. "When I went to Brewster, I met with a tutor every other day and she helped me with everything. The classes were much smaller and the teachers were much more engaged. And my grades improved drastically."

Fair, like many major college basketball players, chose to attend a private school to help ensure he would meet the NCAA’s academic requirements for freshmen athletes. At Syracuse, he is among like-minded teammates. Of SU’s 12 scholarship players, 10 attended private or prep schools.

    Syracuse, N.Y. — When C.J. Fair left Baltimore and his public high school after three years, he traded the comforts of home for the promise of academic eligibility.

    Fair, the Syracuse University basketball senior, remembers the constant chaos in his crowded Baltimore City High School classrooms. He remembers overwhelmed teachers. He recalls the easy excuses to skip school: a missed bus, an exhausting walk or long public transportation commute.

    At Brewster Academy, a prep school situated in a New England town of about 6,200 residents, he lived on campus. Televisions were banned from dorm rooms. Internet access cut off at 10 or 11 p.m. Fair had nothing much to do except learn.

    "When I was at public school there were just so many kids it was crazy. And there wasn’t really one-on-one help. You either get it or you don’t," Fair said. "When I went to Brewster, I met with a tutor every other day and she helped me with everything. The classes were much smaller and the teachers were much more engaged. And my grades improved drastically."

    Fair, like many major college basketball players, chose to attend a private school to help ensure he would meet the NCAA’s academic requirements for freshmen athletes. At Syracuse, he is among like-minded teammates. Of SU’s 12 scholarship players, 10 attended private or prep schools.

    (Source: syracuse.com)

  4. OMG, jumping jacks guy. After Devendorf’s premature table-jump celebration, he’s what I remember most from the 6 OT game.

"But it was Thomas’ 7-minute stint in the epic six-overtime game that still stands out. He didn’t enter the game until two minutes remained in the fifth overtime.

"I remember Coach Boeheim telling me, ‘Don’t be scared,”’ Thomas said. "I remember I wasn’t scared at all. I more excited than anything else.”

As the rest of the players on the court sagged in exhaustion, Thomas was hopping up and down and waving his arms at the top of Syracuse’s zone defense.

"People always tell me ‘You’re the jumping jacks guy,”’ Thomas said. "I wasn’t really doing jumping jacks. I’d been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.”

Thomas finished the game with one rebound and one blocked shot.”

    OMG, jumping jacks guy. After Devendorf’s premature table-jump celebration, he’s what I remember most from the 6 OT game.

    "But it was Thomas’ 7-minute stint in the epic six-overtime game that still stands out. He didn’t enter the game until two minutes remained in the fifth overtime.

    "I remember Coach Boeheim telling me, ‘Don’t be scared,”’ Thomas said. "I remember I wasn’t scared at all. I more excited than anything else.”

    As the rest of the players on the court sagged in exhaustion, Thomas was hopping up and down and waving his arms at the top of Syracuse’s zone defense.

    "People always tell me ‘You’re the jumping jacks guy,”’ Thomas said. "I wasn’t really doing jumping jacks. I’d been sitting down for four hours. I was really just getting loose. I had to do something.”

    Thomas finished the game with one rebound and one blocked shot.”

  5. Ex-Syracuse star Jonny Flynn headed to China | syracuse.com

    Syracuse, N.Y. — Jonny Flynn, the No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA draft, is headed to a pro team in China, according to his high school coach.

    Sal Constantino, the head coach at Niagara Falls High School, said Friday that Flynn, who played at Syracuse University from 2007 to 2009, has signed to play for the Sichuan Blue Whales in China’s professional basketball league. Flynn’s decision to head to China was first reported on twitter by @HomeBaseBuffalo.”

  6. Obama and Syracuse Basketball: How have president's NCAA predictions compared with team's results? | syracuse.com

    As Central New York prepares for Obama’s visit today, we’ve taken a look back to see how “Barackatology” has treated Syracuse basketball.

    In others years, Obama overestimated how far the Orange would go. In 2012, he got it just right.

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