Buddy Boeheim’s publish-sport press conference lasted all of 10 minutes. Syracuse’s subsequent recreation could be in lower than 48 hours in opposition to No. three seed West Virginia. Not that Syracuse’s win was all about Buddy Buckets. Syracuse obtained contributions from a number of sources. In fact, the Orange pushed previous the Aztecs after Boeheim needed to go to the bench after choosing up his second foul with 5 minutes, 37 seconds remaining in the half.
Buddy scored even as SDSU’s pack-line protection was devoted to slowing him down. Every time he turned his again to the basket, a assist defender came visiting to double him. He countered that by rising up sooner. The junior punished mismatches on switches, taking the bigger Joshua Tomaić off the dribble and capturing over the smaller Gomez. Buddy spent summers coaching with former Syracuse star and present assistant Gerry McNamara. He works with former SU guard Eric Devendorf and performs 1-on-1 along with his older brother Jimmy, a forward at Cornell.
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I simply assume that the zone’s really tough for teams. I’ve seen teams within the ACC prep for it two, thrice a 12 months. And these groups see it maybe once each five or six years. You’ve seen it from being around him first and now you’re seeing it as a part of a type of teams. Like I said, at halftime, he got here as much as me and stated, keep capturing. You’re the best shooter on the planet, is what he tells me, and I said yeah.
Buddy wasn’t a extremely ranked prospect. He was never the most effective participant on his highschool group. He didn’t start in AAU until his junior yr.
When Boeheim subbed his son out, the sport was primarily over. Buddy walked over to the bench space and hugged McNamara. McNamara keyed the 2003 nationwide title and adopted it up with particular person runs in 2004 and 2005 — including a forty three-level eruption towards BYU in the ‘04 Tournament.
Detroit Pistons’ Wayne Ellington missed his fourth straight game, and Jerami Grant and Saddiq Bey mixed to shoot 1-for-thirteen from outdoors. Tramon Mark’s clutch 3-level play late saved Houston and despatched them into the Sweet sixteen. At that point, it became a sport of getting the ball in bounds and hitting free throws for Syracuse. While West Virginia kept the strain on, Boeheim linked on three-of-4 free throw makes an attempt in these last seconds, factors that added as much as the sport’s last margin. Sean McNeil (23 points, 7-of-13 from three-level distance) led the surge as West Virginia rode a 9-zero run to cut a second-half deficit to 46-forty four.