Jim Boeheim spent the day working the various ESPN Networks to talk about life, love and promote his participation in the Infiniti Coaches Charity Challenge. He even logged on to a computer, which had the Interwebs on it, and entered an ESPN chatroom to answer questions from sound, reasonable individuals on their Tweeterers or something.
Jim chatted about the upcoming game against the Louisville Cardinals:
I don't see a real weakness in their defense. They have the big guy back inside so it's hard to get to the basket, which we try to do. We would like to get some transition baskets. They don't turn th ball over very much. It's a difficult game for us. They are no. 1, but I thought htey were the best team in the country for a while.
No whether or not he sends Hakim Warrick a Christmas Card every year to say thanks for The Block:
Every time I see him...The most important play in Syracuse basketball history.
Where this year's squad is at right now:
This team hasn't gotten to where it needs to get. Last year's team was just so much better and deeper. We had CJ and James and Dion coming off the bench. Dion is averaging 15-16 points in the NBA. Last year's team was so much more prepared for the season and stronger. This year's team has to go through some growing pains the next few weeks and get better.
On who he's rooting for in the NFL Playoffs:
We kind of root for the Patriots, most of us in our house. One roots for Denver and he's not happy today.
Who he thinks is a sleeper in the Big East:
I thought that Pittsburgh was really getting better. I was surprised a little bit that they lost at home to Marquette. It seems right now that Marquette is a surprise in our league. And Connecticut, you have to look at the job that Kevin Ollie has done and be really impressed. They're the only team that's beaten Notre Dame at home in the last few years. I think they're a real surprise team this year.
Who he'll miss most from the Big East:
I think the rivalries with Georgetown, Connecticut stand out in my mind. We've had a lot of rivalries, but those two stand out.
And whether or not we'll see James Southerland back in uniform this season.
We're hopeful. There's a process that he has to go through and we're hopeful that he will be able to return.