INDIANAPOLIS – Buddy Boeheim shot on, wearing his Hall of Fame father and Syracuse at 11th grade Seeds back in the Sweet 16

The Orange, a top program for four decades under Jim Boeheim, has shown once again that they’re as dangerous as an afterthought at an NCAA tournament

“To win two games and doubt both the underdog, it means it all,” said Buddy Boeheim. “If you asked me a month or two ago where we were, I wouldn’t say Sweet 16 , that’s for sure ”

“Buckets” Boeheim scored 22 of his 25 points at halftime, leading the Orange past West Virginia 75-72 on Sunday. Syracuse (18-9) faced runner-up Houston in the Midwest semi-finals

The Orange were a bubble team this year, a well-known spot lately, winning their last two regular season games and once at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to sneak into the field

“I mean, he played great,” said Jim. “He put the ball on the floor and got his own shot. Teammates were looking for it

“He looked really good today. He was 6 for 13 (on 3 pointers) I’m surprised he wasn’t 10 for 13 the way he shot it, and I know he disappoints in himself at halftime was, but it showed what it’s made of ”


The orange went on at the expense of another coaching legend, Bob Huggins, with at least 900 Division I wins in the second March Madness meeting between coaches. Huggins won # 900 when West Virginia defeated Morehead State in the first round on Friday Boeheim received his 982 at the expense of Huggins

Buddy Boeheim made two threes in a row shortly after half-time. His knight and three consecutive possessions put Syracuse 4:55 ahead, and he helped end the game with three late free throws

After his quiet first half, Boeheim received an encouraging talk from former Orange sniper Gerry McNamara, who won the 2003 national championship as a wingman to Carmelo Anthony and is now one of Jim Boeheim’s assistants

“G-Mac just walked up to me at halftime and said, ‘Go on, I don’t care if you miss 200, just keep shooting,” Boeheim said. “I just said, okay, if I get a clean look , I have to take them and I’ll start making them ”

Sean McNeil scored 23 points and led the climbers (19-10) who last reached the Sweet 16 in 2018.This was the fifth time West Virginia has come this far under Huggins, who also made four regional semifinals with Cincinnati completed

WVU was 74-72 4 seconds from the end before Boeheim was fouled on an inbound pass in midfield He made a free throw and missed the second, but Miles McBride traveled after taking the rebound

The climbers dug an early hole and briefly took the lead in the second half. But Boeheim kept responding with big shots

“They shot it very well,” said Huggins. “It seemed like everything they shot went in and shot them from the depths, we wanted them to ricochet it and we let them in make a lot of step-in recordings ”


Joe Girard scored all 12 points before halftime, stabilizing the Orange, while Boeheim battled Montreal’s Quincy Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj scored 12 each for Syracuse

Syracuse: The Orange are the bubble team no one wants to play against.They moved up to the Sweet 16 every time they received a double-digit seed, reaching the Final Four as 10 in 2016 and Sweet 16 as in 2018 11 This latest run ended when Jim Boeheim lost to Duke and Mike Krzyzewski, the only previous tournament game between coaches with 900 wins. Syracuse lost in the first round two years ago when Buddy Boeheim was a newcomer to role-playing

West Virginia: Like many opponents in Syracuse, the climbers fought with bad shots against the 2-3 zone (37) 1%) and turnovers (14) They regrouped but couldn’t get over the hump

Buddy Boeheim has 55 points in the tournament so far. Only Gary Clark (60 in 1957) and McNamara (56 in 2004) scored more goals in Syracuse’s first two tournament games

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